Despite some uncertainty on how the program will be funded in the coming years, the Muskego-Norway School Board voted to keep the community-based 4K program. The vote was not unanimous, however, with Eric Schroeder and Mike Serdynski voting no.
While MNSD qualified for a special adjustment because of the loss of state aid, the state also changed the trigger to qualify for that aid so far more districts now qualify. Even though funding was increased to these districts, the method of distribution resulted in an inequitable decrease in funding, with MNSD losing a higher percentage than other districts that were considered poorer and wealthier.
As State aid is based on one year and applied in the following year, the 2012-2013 school year won't be impacted. The board will have to decide now if it may need to increase the levy by $1 to ensure that the 4K program is funded in the future, as the state seems to be in a state of flux.
Parent satisfaction surveys, financial results and student performance will be measured again to help the board make its decision on the 2013-2014 year.