Drew Johnson is the District Administrator for the Prairie du Chien Area School District. PdC Public is a high performing school despite having the 14th highest poverty rate, as defined by the free/reduced count, in the State of Wisconsin. The informal motto of the school is that average is not good enough. Office at 43.042463,-91.136316
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
State Aid to PdC Public Schools down again
The State Aid figures for the 2012-2013 school year have arrived. For the third year in a row the PdC Public School system is enduring significant reductions in state aid. To put this in an overall perspective, we are down $1,642,967 from what we received in 2009-2010.
Year State AidChange
2010-11 $8,475,858 down 470,473
2011-12 $7,629,888 down 845,970
2012-13 $7,303,364 down 326,524
Even with these figures, we are stable.
We have done all we can to anticipate and get ready for this. A big item is that we have paid off our OPEB so that is not a future drain on operations. Our cash and balance sheet have been built up to strong positions.
We need to remain positive and have hope that our economy starts to grow. There are strong indications that the revenue to the state is starting to grow, so we can hope that 12-13 is the bottom and we can start to build from there.