2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
September 13, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Felzkowski, Allen, Duchow,
Horlacher, Katsma, Kitchens, Krug, Kuglitsch, Kulp, Magnafici, Murphy,
Quinn, Stafsholt, Tusler, Nygren, Mursau and Dittrich, cosponsored by
Senators Darling, Feyen, Kooyenga, Olsen, Petrowski and Marklein.
Referred to Committee on Education.
1An Act to create
20.255 (2) (bt) and 115.434 of the statutes; relating to: a shared
2services aid program for school districts, granting rule-making authority, and
3making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill creates a categorical aid for a school district that enters into an
agreement to share administrative personnel services with other school districts or
a local unit of government. To be eligible for the aid, the school district must pass
a resolution approving participation in the shared services aid program. The amount
of aid a school district receives under the shared services aid program is based on the
administrative positions that are shared under the agreement.
Under the bill, during the first three school years of an agreement, each school
district receives the following amount for each of the following administrative
positions that is shared under the agreement:
1. For a school district administrator, $40,000.
2. For a human resources director, information technology director, or business
3. For any other adminsitrative position other than principals and assistant
In the fourth and fifth school years of an agreement, school districts receive half
of the amounts described above. If, in any school year, the amount appropriated for
this aid is insufficient to pay these amounts to all entitled school districts, the
Department of Public Instruction must prorate the aid amounts.
Finally, under the bill, there is no limit to the number of positions that may be
shared under an agreement.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 2
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.255 (2) (bt) of the statutes is created to read:
(bt) Shared services aid program.
The amounts in the schedule for 5
aid to school districts participating in an agreement under s. 115.434.
115.434 of the statutes is created to read:
7115.434 Shared services aid program. (1)
In this section:
(a) “Local unit of government” means the governing body of a city, village, or 9
town or the board of control of a cooperative educational service agency.
(b) “Shared services agreement” means an agreement between two or more 11
school boards to share administrative personnel services.
(a) A school board is eligible for aid under this section if all of the following 13
1. The school board enters into a shared services agreement.
2. The school board passes a resolution to participate in the shared services aid 2
program under this section.
3. All of the school boards participating in the shared services agreement agree 4
to jointly apply for aid under this section.
(b) To apply for aid under this section, school boards eligible under par. (a) shall 6
jointly submit a shared services agreement to the department that includes at least 7
all of the following:
1. The position or positions the school districts intend to share.
2. The position or positions that will be eliminated in each school district.
3. The salary and fringe benefit costs of the positions described under subds. 11
1. and 2.
4. Information demonstrating that the shared services agreement will result 13
in a net reduction in filled administrative positions between the participating school 14
(a) A school board is eligible for aid under this section if all of the following 16
1. The school board enters into an agreement with a local unit of government 18
to share any administrative positions described in sub. (5) (a) 1. to 3.
2. The school board passes a resolution to participate in the shared services aid 20
program under this section.
(b) To apply for aid under this section, a school board eligible under par. (a) shall 22
submit the agreement under par. (a) to the department and any information required 23
by the department, by rule, to demonstrate that the agreement will result in a net 24
savings to the participating school district.
The department shall review applications submitted under subs. (2) (b) and 2
(3) (b) and approve those applications that comply with this section and rules 3
promulgated by the department.
If an application is approved under sub. (4), from the appropriation under 5
s. 20.255 (2) (bt) and subject to sub. (6), the department shall pay to each school board 6
included in the application amounts determined as follows:
(a) In each of the first 3 school years of a shared services agreement or 8
agreement under sub. (3) (a):
1. For a shared district administrator position, $40,000.
2. For a shared human resources director, information technology coordinator, 11
or business manager position, $22,500.
3. For any shared nonfaculty administrative position other than a position 13
identified in subd. 1. or 2. and other than a principal or assistant principal, $17,500.
(b) In the 4th and 5th school years of a shared services agreement or agreement 15
under sub. (3) (a), 50 percent of the amounts paid under par. (a).
If the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (bt) in any fiscal year is insufficient 17
to pay the full amount of aid under under sub. (5), the state superintendent shall 18
prorate the payments among the school boards entitled to aid under sub. (5).
Notwithstanding sub. (5), if an individual holds more than one position for 20
which aid may be paid under sub. (5) (a), the department shall pay a school board for 21
only one position held by the individual. If the individual holds positions for which 22
different amounts may be paid under sub. (5) (a), the department shall pay a school 23
board for the position for which the highest amount may be paid under sub. (5) (a).
There is no limit on the number of positions that a school board may share 25
under this section.
The department may promulgate rules to implement and administer this 2
(1) This act takes effect on the day after publication, or on the 2nd day after5
publication of the 2019 biennial budget act, whichever is later.