Thank you to our Sponsors: UW-Oshkosh, National Insurance Services, Culver’s VIP Foundation, Farmers Union, CESA Foundation, Forecast5, PMA, Meemic, Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative, Jostens and WEA Members Benefits

The Community’s public school is the greatest discovery, and the cornerstone of our democratic society – Horace Mann

Good Morning,
As things settle in on the Governor’s Budget Proposal the process now moves to the Joint Finance Committee for review. This is the time for you to talk with your local legislators on the positives that are in the proposals as well as improvements that could be made to make these proposals more inclusive for all rural districts. It is important for our voices to be heard.

Remember to Vote Today
Please remind your staff and community about the importance of today’s primary for State Superintendent. I encourage you to look closely at the facts and which groups are supporting two of the candidates. We need a leader that keeps Public Education at the forefront of the agenda.

District Administrator Kehl Arnson and the Viroqua School District to WiRSA. We look forward to working with you.

Great Discussions on the potential Impact of the Governor’s Budget Proposals
District Administrators Jamie Nutter of Fennimore and Chris Patritto of Hurley shared their thoughts on the Governor’s Budget proposals, both are WiRSA members. Jamie was on Sunday’s For the Record on Channel 3 in Madison and Chris was on Friday’s Here and Now on Wisconsin Public Television. Great job!

NREA Call for Proposals for October’s National Conference
NREA and Battelle for Kids are looking for proposals for the National Conference which will be held in Columbus Ohio, October 12-14. More information here and here.

Review process to begin for three academic standards
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is seeking public input to start the review process for academic standards for information and technology literacy, music, and science.

Additional information is available in the attached news release or on the Department of Public Instruction News Room website.

“REAP: Changes to the Program in FY 2017 and FY 2018” webinar slides
Slides that were presented during the “REAP: Changes to the Program in FY 2017 and FY 2018” webinar are available for downloading on

As a reminder, we will also be updating the REAP webpage and posting within the next two weeks a recording of the presentation, as well as answers to the questions posed in both webinar sessions.

National Insurance Services – Did You Know…

Associate Member National Insurance Services, a full benefit consulting firm headquartered right here in Wisconsin, is excited to partner with rural schools to design effective plans for their staff and retirees while driving down the ever-increasing costs of health care. Since 1969 NIS has been specializing in the public sector and is currently working with over 300 districts in Wisconsin on their employee benefit plans. Our lead consultant, Erik Kass joins our firm after 15 successful years as a Business Manager for some of the most complex School Districts in Wisconsin. He brings an understanding of how schools operate that complements our firm’s focus on working exclusively with the public sector.

What sets us apart from others:

• Unique cost containment and cost tracking….

• Fully integrated approach with all employee benefits

• Fully integrated HRA used in conjunction with a high deductible plan

• Early retiree health solutions • Dental, disability and life coverages

Director Events from Last Week
Feb. 13, WPEN Governors Budget Review at WASB
Feb. 13, Ed. Issues conference call
Feb. 14, REAP Webinar
Feb. 15, Meeting with researcher Katie McCabe
Feb. 15, Meeting with M3
Feb. 17, Meeting with Kurt Kiefer from DPI, on Technology and TEACH updates
Feb. 17, ESSA Update conference call

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Feb. 20, Meeting with Jim Henderson and Bob Jokish of the UW System, Increasing Post-Secondary
Options for rural students.
Feb. 20, Ed. Issues conference call
Feb. 21, Meeting with potential Associate Member
Feb. 22, Meeting with National Insurance Services

2017 WiRSA Conference Save the Date
The 2017 WiRSA Conference will be held Oct. 30-31 at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells. Please note the date and location change for this year. A request for presenters will be coming out in the Spring.

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
WiRSA Scholarships
2017 WiRSA Rural Awards
2017 WiRSA Conference save the date – Oct. 30-31 Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Wis. Dells
School Funding Reform for Wisconsin
ESEA Information and more here.
ESSA Overview Video – Narrated PowerPoint – This information is also available off the ESEA web page on the DPI site.
Into the Outdoors – Free Classroom Resources
Meemic Foundation Grants for Teachers

Have A Great Week!