The Hillsboro school district will receive less general aid in the 2014-15 school year than it did for the 2013-14 school year, according to estimates released July 1 by the Department of Public Instruction.
Hillsboro’s total general aid is set at $3,157,366 for 2014-15, a 4.41 percent decrease compared to last school year, when the district received $3,303, 130 in general aid.
The district is among 197 expected to receive less aid, a figure comprising 47 percent of the state’s 424 public school districts. Fifty-three percent (225) will receive more general aid in 2014-15.
School personnel use the estimate to complete their annual budgets.
On Oct. 15, the department will certify state general aid amounts for 2014-15 based on audited 2013-14 data. Estimated general aid to districts may change.
Statewide, general school aid is set at $4.476 billion for 2014-15, a 2.1 percent increase in state general aid compared to last school year. Actual aid payments are estimated at $4.345 billion because of statutory reductions for the Milwaukee voucher program and for independent (2R) charter schools in Milwaukee and Racine.
By state statute, the department is required, by July 1, to compute an estimate of the general school aid each public school district will receive for the coming school year.
The estimate does not include per pupil categorical aid that will be paid in March 2015. The appropriation for that aid is $127 million, which is $150 per pupil, a $75 per pupil increase over the 2013-14 per pupil amount.
District aid estimates can be found on the department’s School Financial Services website, http://sfs.dpi.wi.gov/sfs_July1Summary, both alphabetically and by percent change.