2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
September 18, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Kitchens, Allen, Duchow,
Macco, Krug, Kulp, Spiros, Tusler and Dittrich, cosponsored by Senators
Olsen, Bernier and Feyen. Referred to Committee on Education.
1An Act to create
20.255 (2) (bt) and 115.448 of the statutes; relating to: grants
2for feasibility studies of school district consolidation or whole grade sharing and
3making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Public Instruction to award grants of up
to $10,000 each to consortia of school districts to be used for a professional financial
analysis of how school district consolidation or entering into a whole grade sharing
agreement would affect the school districts.
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 5
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.255 (2) (bt) of the statutes is created to read:
(bt) Grants for feasibility studies of consolidation or whole grade
As a continuing appropriation, the amounts in the schedule for the grant 4
program under s. 115.448.
115.448 of the statutes is created to read:
6115.448 Grants for feasibility studies of consolidation or whole grade
In this section, “eligible applicant” means an applicant for a grant 8
under this section that is a consortium of 2 or more school boards.
(a) From the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (bt), the department shall 10
award grants to eligible applicants to fund feasibility studies of school district 11
consolidation or whole grade sharing agreements under s. 118.50. The department 12
may not award a grant to an eligible applicant in an amount exceeding $10,000.
(b) An eligible applicant receiving a grant under this section shall use the grant 14
moneys for a professional financial analysis of how school district consolidation or 15
entering into a whole grade sharing agreement under s. 118.50 would affect the 16
school districts associated with the eligible applicant.