38.01(7) (7)“School board" means the school board in charge of the public schools of a school district.
38.01(8) (8)“School district" means a school district operating high school grades.
38.01(9) (9)“School year" means the time commencing with July 1 and ending with the next succeeding June 30.
38.01(9m) (9m)“Tribal school" has the meaning given in s. 115.001 (15m).
38.01(10) (10)“Vocational-adult program" means a part-time vocationally oriented program established by a district board which is approved by the state director under procedures established by the board.
38.01(11) (11)“Vocational diploma program" means a one- or 2-year, full-time program in an area designated and approved by the board for which the course requirements are established by the board.
38.02 38.02 Establishment. There is established under this chapter a system of technical colleges to foster and maintain instruction in courses approved by the board in part-time and full-time day or evening classes.
38.02 History History: 1971 c. 154; 1989 a. 359; 1991 a. 39; 1993 a. 399.
38.04 38.04 Technical college system board; powers and duties.
38.04(1)(1)General. The board shall determine the organization, plans, scope and development of technical colleges. For state aid, credit determination and other purposes, the board shall establish criteria for the establishment of district schools and shall classify and name the district schools.
38.04(1m) (1m)Goals and accountability measures for economic development programs.
38.04(1m)(a) (a) In this subsection, “economic development program" means a program or activity having the primary purpose of encouraging the establishment and growth of business in this state, including the creation and retention of jobs, and that satisfies all of the following:
38.04(1m)(a)1. 1. The program receives funding from the state or federal government that is allocated through an appropriation under ch. 20.
38.04(1m)(a)2. 2. The program provides financial assistance, tax benefits, or direct services to specific industries, businesses, local governments, or organizations.
38.04(1m)(b) (b) The board, in consultation with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, shall do all of the following for each economic development program administered by the board:
38.04(1m)(b)1. 1. Establish clear and measurable goals for the program that are tied to statutory policy objectives.
38.04(1m)(b)2. 2. Establish at least one quantifiable benchmark for each program goal described in subd. 1.
38.04(1m)(b)3. 3. Require that each recipient of a grant or loan under the program submit a report to the board. Each contract with a recipient of a grant or loan under the program shall specify the frequency and format of the report to be submitted to the board and the performance measures to be included in the report.
38.04(1m)(b)4. 4. Establish a method for evaluating the projected results of the program with actual outcomes as determined by evaluating the information described in subds. 1. and 2.
38.04(1m)(b)5. 5. Annually and independently verify, from a sample of grants and loans, the accuracy of the information required to be reported under subd. 3.
38.04(1m)(b)6. 6. Establish by rule a requirement that the recipient of a grant or loan under the program of at least $100,000 submit to the board a verified statement signed by both an independent certified public accountant licensed or certified under ch. 442 and the director or principal officer of the recipient to attest to the accuracy of the verified statement, and make available for inspection the documents supporting the verified statement. The board shall include the requirement established by rule under this subdivision in the contract entered into by a grant or loan recipient.
38.04(1m)(b)7. 7. Establish by rule policies and procedures permitting the board to do all of the following if a recipient of a grant or loan or tax benefits under the program submits false or misleading information to the board or fails to comply with the terms of a contract entered into with the board under the program and fails to provide to the satisfaction of the board an explanation for the noncompliance:
38.04(1m)(b)7.a. a. Recoup payments made to the recipient.
38.04(1m)(b)7.b. b. Withhold payments to be made to the recipient.
38.04(1m)(b)7.c. c. Impose a forfeiture on the recipient.
38.04(2) (2)Director. The board shall appoint a director, outside the classified service, to serve at its pleasure.
38.04(2m) (2m)Executive assistant. The director may appoint an executive assistant, outside the classified service, to serve at his or her pleasure.
38.04(3) (3)Staff. The board shall appoint such staff as is necessary under the classified service. Two division administrator positions shall be filled outside the classified service.
38.04(4) (4)Teacher and course requirements.
38.04(4)(a)(a) The qualifications of educational personnel and the courses of study for each program offered in district schools shall be approved by the board. The board may charge the districts for the full costs associated with certification of educational personnel. Such certification expenses shall not be included in the district aidable cost.
38.04(4)(am) (am) The board shall not consider any course of study for approval under par. (a) that has not first been approved by the district board.
38.04(4)(b) (b) The board may authorize district boards to grant associate degrees to those students who successfully complete associate degree programs.
38.04(4)(c) (c) Collegiate transfer programs shall not comprise more than 25 percent of the approved credit hours offered in any technical college district.
38.04(4)(cm) (cm) The board shall enter into the agreement required under s. 36.31 (2m) (b). The board shall submit an annual report to the governor and to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2) that describes the agreement entered into under s. 36.31 (2m) (b) and a summary of the board's implementation of the agreement.
38.04(4)(e) (e) No driver education course may be approved by the board unless it does all of the following:
38.04(4)(e)1. 1. Acquaints each student with the hazards posed by machinery and animals on highways and provides instruction in safely dealing with such hazards.
38.04(4)(e)2. 2. Provides at least 30 minutes of instruction relating to organ and tissue donation and organ and tissue donation procedures.
38.04(4)(e)3. 3. Provides at least 30 minutes of instruction on motorcycle awareness, as approved by a recognized motorcycle safety and awareness organization, and pedestrian and bicycle awareness, as approved by a recognized pedestrian and bicycle safety and awareness organization.
38.04(4)(e)4. 4. Includes instruction relating to passing stopped emergency vehicles, tow trucks, and highway machinery equipment.
38.04(4)(e)5. 5. Acquaints each student with the hazards posed by railroad highway grade crossings and provides at least 30 minutes of instruction in safely dealing with these hazards.
38.04(4)(e)6. 6. Acquaints each student with the hazards posed by composing or sending electronic text messages or electronic mail messages while driving and with the provisions of s. 346.89 (3).
38.04(4)(e)7. 7. Acquaints each student with the hazards posed by motor vehicles to vulnerable highway users, as defined in s. 340.01 (74p), and provides at least 30 minutes of instruction in safely dealing with these hazards.
38.04(4)(e)8. 8. For a driver education course providing instruction in the operation of commercial motor vehicles, provides instruction in the recognition and prevention of human trafficking.
38.04(5) (5)Cooperate with federal government. The board shall cooperate with the federal government in carrying out any federal act pertaining to technical education.
38.04(6) (6)Gifts and grants. The board may accept gifts, grants, bequests and devises to be used in the execution of its functions.
38.04(7) (7)Funding sources. The board shall develop policies for the purpose of specifically identifying the general purpose revenue and nongeneral purpose revenue funding sources used for noninstructional student activities and for the purpose of governing the allocation of funds to those noninstructional student activities supported by both general purpose and nongeneral purpose revenue.
38.04(7m) (7m)Financial aids. By February 10 of each year, the board shall develop and submit to the higher educational aids board for its review under s. 39.285 (1) a proposed formula for the awarding of grants under s. 39.435, except for grants awarded under s. 39.435 (2) or (5), for the next fiscal year to students enrolled in the technical colleges.
38.04(8) (8)Minority student participation and retention plan.
38.04(8)(a)(a) In this subsection, “minority group member" has the meaning given in s. 16.287 (1) (f).
38.04(8)(b) (b) Annually by January 1, the board shall develop a plan to increase minority group member participation and retention in the technical college system. The plan shall specify each district board's goals and objectives for minority group member participation and retention. The plan shall outline activities and programs that enhance minority group member participation and retention and shall review the progress made by the board and by district boards in the previous school year.
38.04(9) (9)Training programs for fire fighters. In order to promote safety to life and property, the board may establish and supervise training programs in fire prevention and protection. The programs shall include training in responding to acts of terrorism, as defined in s. 256.15 (1) (ag), and shall be available to members of volunteer and paid fire departments maintained by public and private agencies, including industrial plants. No training program required for participation in structural fire fighting that is offered to members of volunteer and paid fire departments maintained by public agencies may require more than 60 hours of training.
38.04(10) (10)Additional facilities.
38.04(10)(a) (a) Except as provided under par. (b), the board shall review and approve any proposals by district boards for land acquisition, additional or new facilities, rentals and remodeling of existing facilities, prior to the letting of contracts to construct, remodel, rent or incur debt for such facilities or acquisition of land. The board shall encourage district boards to finance capital building proposals with long-term benefits through bonding or promissory note obligations.
38.04(10)(b) (b) Proposals by district boards for minor rentals and minor remodeling projects are exempt from board review and approval under par. (a). The board shall promulgate rules defining “minor rental" and “minor remodeling" and establishing criteria and procedures for exempting such proposals under this paragraph.
38.04(10)(c) (c) The board shall review and approve, disapprove or modify any proposal by a district board to lease facilities or property to others under s. 38.14 (2) (d).
38.04(10)(d)1.1. In consultation with representatives of business and labor, the board shall develop a separate approval process for district board proposals to purchase or construct facilities to be used as applied technology centers under s. 38.15 (3) (c). The board may not approve a proposal unless the board determines that all of the following apply:
38.04(10)(d)1.a. a. The applied technology center is likely to maintain or increase the number of jobs in the region served by the center that require a high level of skill and provide high wages.
38.04(10)(d)1.b. b. The productivity of employees who would be served by the center is likely to increase.
38.04(10)(d)1.c. c. One or more businesses in the region served by the center will pay for all of the direct operating costs of services provided at the center and at least 20 percent of the indirect operating costs of services provided at the center, pursuant to a contract under s. 38.14 (3) (a), and will fund, either in cash or in kind, at least 30 percent of the capital costs of the center.
38.04(10)(d)1.d. d. The district board consulted with representatives of business and labor on the development of the center.
38.04(10)(d)1.e. e. Either within the 12 months prior to submittal of the proposal or within the 12 months following submittal of the proposal, the district board has retired or will retire an amount of debt equal to or greater than the amount of debt that will be incurred for the purchase or construction of the applied technology center.
38.04(10)(d)2. 2. By December 1 of the year in which a center approved under subd. 1. begins operating, and annually thereafter by December 1, the district board shall report to the board the change, since the center began operating, in the wages, productivity and level of skill of the employees who have been directly served by the center.
38.04 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. TCS 5, Wis. adm. code.
38.04(10m) (10m)Economic development assistance coordination and reporting.
38.04(10m)(a)(a) The board shall coordinate any economic development assistance with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
38.04(10m)(b) (b) Annually, no later than October 1, the board shall submit to the joint legislative audit committee and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3) a comprehensive report assessing economic development programs, as defined in sub. (1m) (a), administered by the board. The report shall include all of the information required under s. 238.07 (2). The board shall collaborate with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to make readily accessible to the public on an Internet-based system the information required under this subsection.
38.04(11) (11)District reporting and audit requirements.
38.04(11)(a)(a) Uniform format and reporting systems.
38.04(11)(a)1. 1. The board shall establish uniform reporting methods for fiscal, enrollment, program and other information which shall be provided by the district boards as the board deems necessary and shall require common use of the fiscal year for operations and data reporting. The board shall establish, by rule, uniform formats and reporting standards for district board contracts under s. 38.14 (3) and for budgets approved by district boards under s. 38.12 (5m). The board shall promulgate rules governing the financing of capital expenditures under s. 38.15 and the management of reserve funds.
38.04(11)(a)2. 2. In consultation with the state superintendent of public instruction, the board shall establish, by rule, a uniform format for district boards to use in reporting the number of pupils attending district schools under ss. 38.12 (14) and 118.15 (1) (b), (cm), and (d) and in reporting pupil participation in technical preparation programs under s. 118.34, including the number of courses taken for advanced standing in the district's associate degree program and for technical college credit.
38.04(11)(b) (b) Annual audit. The board shall promulgate rules governing the annual district audit under s. 38.12 (5). The rules shall provide for a standard audit contract and shall specify the minimum disclosures to be made by the firm conducting the audit and the persons authorized to have access to and obtain the working papers of the firm conducting the audit. The board may conduct or contract for an audit of any district.
38.04(11)(bm) (bm) Uniform financial fund accounting system. The board shall prescribe a detailed uniform financial fund accounting system, applicable to all district boards, which provides for the recording of all financial transactions inherent in the management of the districts and the administration of the district aid programs. The system shall be in operation by July 1, 1987.
38.04(11)(c) (c) Withholding of state aid. The board shall withhold or suspend payment of all or a portion of state aid to any district board which fails to comply with accounting, budget, audit, contracting and reporting standards established by the board under this subsection.
38.04 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also chs. TCS 7, 8, and 9, Wis. adm. code.
38.04(12) (12)Prison inmate educational program. The board may establish vocational educational programs for inmates within the state correctional system and contract with the departments of corrections and health services for reimbursement of that portion of the district program costs which exceeds amounts received as state and federal aid.
38.04(13) (13)Displaced homemakers' program.
38.04(13)(a)1.1. The board shall accept and process applications from district boards and local community organizations to provide services, which may include but are not limited to personal counseling and outreach, to or on behalf of displaced homemakers. The board may make grants for these purposes. Amounts awarded shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.292 (1) (f). Grants under this subsection may be distributed on a statewide basis and shall supplement rather than replace funds received under any other law to provide services to displaced homemakers. To the extent possible while maintaining statewide distribution, except as provided in subd. 2., in awarding grants preference shall be given to district boards. If a particular district board does not apply for a grant under this subsection, the board may award a grant to a local community organization located in that district which submits an application. No grant may equal more than 90 percent of approved expenditures. Any cost to the board of administering this subsection shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.292 (1) (a).
38.04(13)(a)2. 2. If the board receives an application from a local community organization offering a displaced homemakers' program in the 1981-83 biennium and from a district board, the board may not give preference to the district board's application.
38.04(13)(a)3. 3. If the board determines that a district board or local community organization awarded a grant under subd. 1. will not fully expend the grant before the end of a fiscal year, the board may reduce the amount of the grant awarded to the district board or local community organization and award the funds to another applicant.
38.04(13)(b) (b) No person may, on the ground of sex, age, race, color, religion or national origin, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds made available under this subsection.
38.04(13)(c) (c) In this subsection, “ displaced homemaker" means an individual who:
38.04(13)(c)1. 1. Has worked in the home for a substantial number of years providing unpaid household services for family members;
38.04(13)(c)2. 2. Is not gainfully employed;
38.04(13)(c)3. 3. Has had, or would have, difficulty in securing employment; and
38.04(13)(c)4. 4. Has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by such income, has been dependent on public assistance but is no longer eligible for such assistance, or is supported as the parent of minor children by public assistance or spousal support but whose children are within 2 years of reaching their majority.
38.04(14) (14)General district policies.
2021-22 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2023 Wis. Act 93 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on April 4, 2024. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 4, 2024, are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-4-24)