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Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), Chair Rep. Fred Clark (D-Baraboo), Vice-Chair Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma) Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) Rep. Ed Brooks.

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1 Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), Chair Rep. Fred Clark (D-Baraboo), Vice-Chair Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma) Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) Rep. Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg) Rep. Mary Williams (R-Medford) Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh) Rep. Stephen Nass (R-Whitewater) Rep. Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau) Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains) Rep. Mandy Wright (D-Wausau)

2  Creating partnerships among school districts  Exploring new avenues to share innovations, efficiencies and best-practices  Addressing future transportation needs  Mapping out strategies for long-term financial stability  Developing tactics for handling declining enrollment  Maximizing opportunities to incorporate advanced technology

3  Provision to create Task Force was inserted into the 2013-15 Budget Bill  Implementation was given to Representative Robin Voss, Speaker of the House  First hearing was held in Rhinelander on October 23, 2013  Preceded by tours of Northland Pines High School (Eagle River) and Rhinelander High School  Second hearing was held in Elroy on November 6, 2013  Preceded by tours of Mauston High School, ILead Charter School and Royall School District

4  Third hearing will be held on January 8, 2014 (location to be announced)  A fourth (and possibly fifth) hearing will be held in January/February 2014  Task Force recommendations are expected in the spring of 2014

5  Kelli Jacobi, Superintendent, Rhinelander  Mike Richie, Superintendent, Northland Pines  Ben Niehaus, Superintendent, Florence County/Goodman- Armstrong Creek  Todd Kleinhans, Superintendent, Lakeland Union High School, Minocqua  Don Sidlowski, Northwoods Broadband Development Coalition, Three Lakes  Curt Priefer, Hypro Manufacturing, Rhinelander  Dave Deck, Parent/Business Owner, Rhinelander  Lauri Millot, Parent, Rhinelander

6  Mark Gruen, Superintendent, Royall  Curt Bisarek, Superintendent, Hillsboro  John Eyerly, Superintendent, Westfield  Cheri Newlum, Seats, Inc., Mauston  Andy Wohlab, Sprinkmen Corporation, Elroy  Carri Buss, Parent/Board of Education Member, Elroy Written testimony has been submitted by: Don Childs, Superintendent, Antigo ????? (Forward your written testimony to me) Most testimonies are posted on the WiRSA website...

7  Many specific examples of the value of rural schools and the great things happening in rural schools  Many specific examples of serious financial issues facing rural schools that require remedy  “Tools” in Act 10 are insufficient for rural schools  Sparsity aid needs to be expanded to districts with enrollment above the current cap that have few students per square mile  Transportation Aid in rural schools is still inadequate, draining resources from student programs and classroom instruction  Rural Schools Taskforce Legislative Agenda 2013  WiRSA input to agenda

8  Invest in the technology infrastructure of rural schools  Address the rural broadband and Internet speed available in rural schools and student homes so we can take full advantage of what technologies can offer rural schools  Provide incentive grants and special transportation aid to support specialized collaborative programs among districts  Consider modifications to the rolling average used in Revenue Limit calculations  (Examples--Use the highest enrollment in past 5 years, carryover of a percentage of the declining enrollment exemption)

9  Transition to a new funding formula like Superintendent Evers’ “Fair Funding For Our Future,” that takes into consideration factors that have changed dramatically in the past 20 years  Increase state support for special education, especially high-cost special education  Fully fund the SAGE program  Address the compensation gap for educators that exists between rural and city/suburban schools in order to aid in recruitment and retention of highly-qualified educators in rural schools  Create incentives (loan forgiveness) to attract educators to rural schools

10  Allow for local control on the school start date  Promote instrumentality charter schools vs. independent charter schools that drain resources from rural schools  Increase the utilization of virtual education through state-supported options for rural schools  Exempt security and safety measures from the Revenue Limit  Create avenues for small, rural schools to address the burden of implementing new mandates such as Educator Effectiveness, Common Core Standards, PBIS, RTI, Smarter Balanced Assessment, etc.  Establish a Wisconsin Rural Achievement Program similar to the Federal REAP Program

11 ?????????? Your comments and suggestions...

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