ERIC Number: ED242041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Patterns of Government for Wisconsin School Districts. Bulletin No. 3233. Revised.
Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison. Div. for School Financial Resources and Management Services.
Despite their autonomy in school governance, school districts are creatures of state legislatures, and changes in school district organization are necessary to keep pace with changing needs. Accordingly, the types of Wisconsin school districts are described, and state statutes governing each type of district are provided. The first type--common school district--operates both elementary and high schools, derives authority from an annual meeting of electors, and has school boards elected at large or by apportionment. Statutes are cited governing powers of annual meeting, school board meetings and reports, school board duties, school board powers, and auditing of school district accounts. Other school district types include union high school districts, city school districts, and unified school districts. Union high school districts differ from common school districts in that they operate only high school grades (9-12), and their powers to authorize indebtedness are circumscribed. City school districts were dissolved by the legislature, but are nevertheless included. They do not have general meetings, and school boards are dependent for their authority on a fiscal board consisting of city council and municipal executives. Unified school districts likewise do not have an annual meeting, but unlike city districts, they are fiscally independent of city governments. Statutes governing school board meetings, powers, and duties are provided. The final type--"city of the first class"--refers to Milwaukee, the only school district on this type, which is covered by Chapter 119 of the Wisconsin statutes, with authority vested in a 9-member school board elected at large. (TE)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison. Div. for School Financial Resources and Management Services.
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