By LeAnn R. Ralph
ELK MOUND — Open enrollment, which allows parents to shop around for school districts and to enroll their students in the district of their choice, has become a serious generator of revenue for school districts in the state.
Consider Elk Mound, for example.
The Elk Mound Board of Education approved at the May 16 meeting a recommendation from Dr. Ron Walsh, superintendent, to approve open enrollment applications for the 2016-2017 school year.
As of the May 16 meeting, the Elk Mound school district had 37 new applications for students to come into the district and 29 new applications for students to leave the school district, Dr. Walsh said.
The actual number of students open enrolled into the district will be determined in September, he noted.
As of the third Friday in September student count last year, Elk Mound had 145 students open enrolled into the district and 57 open enrolled out, Dr. Walsh said.
The students opened enrolled into the school district “supply a significant amount of revenue,” he said.
The difference between the number of students open enrolled in and out amounted to 90 additional students for the Elk Mound school district.
A total of 90 students can be multiplied by $6,500 per student in state aid, Dr. Walsh said.
Ninety students multiplied by $6,500 amounts to $585,000 in additional revenue for the school district.
According to information that Dr. Walsh supplied to the Board of Education, the new open enrollment applications include 22 into the district and 16 out of the district for Mound View Elementary; four into the district and four out of the district for Elk Mound Middle School; and 11 into the district and nine out of the district for Elk Mound High School.
The total number of students in the school district in September of last year was 1,216. The projected number of students for 2016-2017 is 1,210.
In other business, the Elk Mound Board of Education:
• Learned that 670 grandparents attended Grandparents’ Day on May 4. “It was packed. I’ve never seen it like that,” said Eric Hanson, principal at Mound View Elementary.
• Learned that the PTO carnival on May 13 was a success. “It was the most money we have ever brought in,” Hanson said.
• Approved continuing Elk Mound’s membership in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. The WIAA now no longer requires a fee from school districts, but school districts do have to send back an application indicating which sports are going to be part of the district’s athletic program.
• Accepted the resignation of Annelise Collins, a middle school teacher in Elk Mound. Collins’ husband accepted a job in Amery, and she has been commuting from Amery to Elk Mound for the past year and a half.
• Accepted the resignation of Logan Roshell as the high school assistant drama coach.
• Accepted the resignation of Logan Roshell as the high school assistant forensics coach.
• Accepted the resignation of Rachel Hahn as the high school cheerleading advisor.
• Accepted the resignation of Jennifer George as the high school Future Business Leaders of America advisor.
• Accepted the resignation of Jeremiah Fredrickson as the high school assistant track coach.
During a closed session, the Elk Mound Board of Education:
• Approved hiring four middle school teachers: Erin Foiles, Coty Schmidt, Michael Kessler, Nicole Resch.
• Approved hiring Jon Linzmeier as middle school football coach.
• Approved hiring Logan Roshell as high school head academic decathlon coach.
• Approved hiring Michael Kessler as the high school head boys basketball coach.
• Approved hiring Rachel Hahn as the high school assistant drama coach.
• Approved hiring Jeremiah Fredrickson as the head boys and girls high school track coach.
• Approved support staff re-hiring and salary adjustments.
• Approved salary adjustments for teachers.