Only 16 other school districts in Wisconsin received a more drastic state aid cut than New Auburn and Lake Holcombe for next year.

The two districts are close to the bottom of the stack when it comes to state aid, with each at a 15% funding cut, according to figures released by the Department of Public Instruction Friday. That means $42,000 less for Lake Holcombe next year, and $45,000 less for New Auburn.

Both districts also saw cuts last year—each also lost 15% of their state aid in 2016.

Cadott’s school district also saw a slight cut: 1 percent, or roughly $57,000.

On the other hand, the Chippewa Falls school district will see a funding increase of about 2 percent, roughly $496,000. Cornell, Eau Claire, Bloomer and Stanley-Boyd districts also saw slight increases.

School membership, property value and school expenditures are all used to calculate the amount of state aid a district receives.

“55 percent of the state’s public school districts...will receive less general state aid this school year than they did in 2016-17,” a Friday press release from the Department of Public Instruction said.

State aid does not include per-pupil funding, which, underneath the recently-signed state budget, will be increased to $450 per student. In his recent appearance at Cadott High School, Governor Scott Walker voiced his support for a bill that would give additional per-pupil aid to rural school districts like Cadott.

The Chippewa Falls district school board is slated to hold its budget meeting on Oct. 30. Directly after the meeting, it is expected to hold its regular meeting discussing the results of a referendum survey of the community.


Sarah Seifert covers the city and community of Chippewa Falls. Contact her with tips or story ideas at 715-738-1608 or at

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