In an Oct. 15 news release, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced the 2020-21 general aid amounts for Wisconsin schools.

This year, the state biennial budget increased funding for school aid by approximately 3.5%, taking the total from $163.5 million in 2019 to $4.90 billion in 2020.

The McFarland School District saw a 4.73% increase in state aid this year, with a total of $12,959,583 awarded to their budget.

Monona Grove schools received an even bigger increase of 6.72%, with $14,839,272 awarded to their 2020-21 budget.

Individual aid amounts are calculated by state officials, using student headcounts and financial statistics from the previous school year to determine how much will be budgeted to each district.

In total, Wisconsin is home to 421 school districts. Of those 421, 297 (71%) received an increase in state aid this year, while 119 (28%) received less than they did in 2019.

Now that state aid numbers have come in, the tax levy for McFarland will be announced at the next school board meeting on Oct. 26.

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