Letters to the editor

Osceola resident Jeff Rapp put together a meta-analysis to assist voters in forming their decision when voting on the upcoming school referendum.

The analysis includes all 32 Wisconsin schools that are currently seeking a referendum. The IQR (inner quartile range) is noted. Using the IQR removes some of the outliers that can bias statistics of this type.

Additionally, he has sorted the list by dollars/year/pupil to illustrate the exact amount per pupil each district is requesting in addition to the existing tax allowed by the state formula.  

For comparison purposes, he included the mill rate taxation for local schools in each district and have bolded nearby schools that have been listed in recent articles.

“This chart helped me develop a framework for understanding our district's request compared to other schools in Wisconsin,” he said. “I hope it will help others also.”

Meta analysis: 

Total Districts

421

    

Districts Seeking

32

    

Recurring

7

    

Non-Recurring

25

    
      

Non-Recurring

Low

IQR

High

Median

Osceola

# of Years

2

3-4

10

4

4

Total $

1.23 mil

2.25 - 8.225

29.875 mil

5.3

8.225 million

$ per year

0.375

.6 - 2.18

5.95

1

2.06 million

$ per pupil/year

$113.29

$653.08 - 2,141.76

$19,736.00

$1,497.87

$1,192.03

Data in more detail:

District

$/pupil/yr

2018-19 Mill Rate

2018 Enroll

Rec/Non-Recur

Million per year

# of Years

Avg. $/Yr

Total (millions)

Holmen

$112.67

10.56

3994

NR

0.45

5

0.45

2.25

Shorewood

$135.07

13.88

2036

R

0.275

 

0.28

 

Sparta

$251.59

8.8

2981

NR

0.75

3

0.75

2.25

Potosi

$300.30

12.4

333

R

0.1

 

0.10

 

Freedom

$388.92

6.75

1607

R

0.625

 

0.63

 

Tomah

$480.62

7.45

3121

NR

1.5

4

1.50

6

Whitehall

$569.66

8.91

768

NR

.375 - .5

4

0.44

1.75

Sun Prairie

$586.79

9.6

8521

R

5

 

5.00

 

DeForest

$653.08

10.04

3828

R

2.5

 

2.50

 

Somerset

$667.11

9.91

1499

R

1

 

1.00

 

Luck

$684.93

10.06

438

NR

0.3

5

0.30

1.5

Owen

$824.74

7.41

485

NR

0.4

5

0.40

2

Marshall

$849.51

10.56

1030

R

0.875

 

0.88

 

West Salem

$983.12

8.89

1797

NR

1.6 - 1.9

3

1.77

5.3

Frederic

$1,141.55

7

438

NR

0.5

5

0.50

2.5

New Berlin

$1,149.95

10.21

4348

NR

5

5

5.00

25

Osceola

$1,215.28

9.22

1692

NR

1.5-2.75

4

2.06

8.225

Port Edwards

$1,339.29

10.91

448

NR

0.6

5

0.60

3

Glendale

$1,483.57

6.68

1065

NR

1.58

5

1.58

7.9

Kettle Moraine

$1,544.73

9.97

3868

NR

5.975

5

5.98

29.875

River Valley

$1,828.59

9.71

1194

NR

.875 - 3.2

3

2.18

6.55

Oakfield

$1,934.31

10.22

548

NR

1-1.1

5

1.06

5.3

Maple Dale

$2,080.68

7.17

471

NR

0.98

10

0.98

9.8

Laona

$2,141.76

11.31

261

NR

0.559

4

0.56

2.236

Lake Holcombe

$2,689.87

9.06

316

NR

0.85

3

0.85

2.55

Salem

$2,786.38

7.71

969

NR

1.5 - 3.6

3

2.70

8.1

Rio

$2,805.08

11.52

407

NR

1 - 1.25

3

1.14

3.425

Sturgeon Bay

$2,823.87

10.68

1145

NR

2.9 - 3.5

3

3.23

9.7

Wis Heights

$2,835.05

 

776

NR

2.2

5

2.20

11

Palmyra

$3,738.62

10.97

769

NR

1.75-4

4

2.88

11.5

Goodman

$6,521.74

14.98

115

NR

0.75

3

0.75

2.25

Washington

$7,687.50

5.12

80

NR

.595 - .625

2

0.62

1.23

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