DPI releases general aid numbers to schools.
Written by Jesse Baroka on July 10, 2019
HURLEY – The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has released general aid numbers to school districts for the 2019-20 school year. General aid to the Hurley School District this year increased 5.67% or $143,559 from $2.52 million in 2018-19 to $2.67 million in 2019-20. General aid is unlimited financing for general educational programs of school districts, as opposed to categorical aid that is restricted for specific purposes. Mercer School District was one of five school districts in the state that saw no change in its general aid from last year. General aid can increase or decrease for any of three local factors of property valuation, enrollment, and shared costs, according to the DPI. Aid can also be affected by changes to the state appropriation. The general aid estimate is released in July to help school districts complete annual budgets and to make projections with property tax levies, according to the DPI. The final general aid amount will be determined on Oct. 15, and could change with the state budget appropriations process and finalized school district data of the previous year. The DPI reports that estimated general school aids for 2019-20 total $4.740 billion for the state, which is an $83.2 million or 1.8% increase over last year. Of the state’s 421 school districts, 248 or 59% are estimated to receive more general aid, while 168 districts or 40% percent are estimated to receive less.