Sparsity Aid Bill Signed at Riverdale

It was a historic day in Muscoda on Monday, March 12th. State Senator Howard Marklein's rural school funding bill was signed into law at Riverdale High School.

Marklein, along with Representative John Nygren of Marinette, led the charge to increase sparsity aid funding for small rural schools and the revenue limit ceiling for low spending school districts with an amendment to enable the Darlington.

The law will increase sparsity aid from $300 to $400 per pupil for the 2018-19 school year, an estimated $6 million boost for rural school. The legislation also increases the low revenue ceiling from $9,100 to $9,400 for the 2018-19 school year, with a raise by $100 per year thereafter up to $9,800 by the 2022-23 school year.

In the 17th Senate District, 22 of the 33 school districts with fewer than 745 students and less than ten pupils per square mile will receive a $1 million increase in Sparsity Aid. The change to the low revenue ceiling will impact six school districts in the 17th Senate District, including one district that does not qualify for sparsity aid.