2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 117. School district reorganization.
117.09 Consolidation of union high and elementary school districts.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 117.09 (2017)

117.09 Consolidation of union high and elementary school districts.

(1)Initiation of procedures. The school board of a union high school district and the school boards of any of the school districts operating only elementary grades whose territory is included in the union high school district may adopt resolutions stating that they will consider consolidating the union high school district and all of the elementary school districts whose territory is included in the union high school district to create a common or unified school district operating both elementary and high school grades. The school district clerk of each school board adopting a resolution under this subsection shall send a certified copy of the resolution to the school boards of each of the other affected school districts and to the secretary of the board.

(2)School board action.

(a) In the first July beginning after the adoption of resolutions under sub. (1), the school board of the union high school district and the school boards of one or more of the elementary school districts that adopted resolutions under sub. (1) and that have, in their combined territory, at least 55 percent of the equalized valuation of the union high school district, may order the union high school district and all of the elementary school districts whose territory is included in the union high school district consolidated to create a common or unified school district operating both elementary and high school grades by the adoption of a resolution ordering the consolidation by each school board.

(b) Failure of a school board to adopt a resolution under par. (a) before August 1, either ordering or denying the consolidation, constitutes a denial of the consolidation by that school board. The school district clerk of each school board that adopts a resolution ordering or denying a consolidation under par. (a) shall, within 5 days after the adoption of the resolution, send a certified copy of the resolution to the school boards of the other affected school districts and file a certified copy of the resolution as provided under s. 117.17 (2). If a consolidation is ordered under par. (a), the consolidation shall take effect on the following July 1, unless a referendum is required under sub. (3).

(3)Referendum.

(a) If a consolidation is ordered under sub. (2) (a), a referendum on the consolidation shall be held under par. (b) if one of the following occurs:

1. Before the 2nd Tuesday of September following the adoption of the resolution ordering consolidation under sub. (2) (a), the school board of any affected school district directs the holding of a referendum.

2. Before the 2nd Tuesday of September following the adoption of the resolutions under sub. (2) (a), a petition conforming to the requirements of s. 8.40 requesting a referendum, signed by at least 10 percent of the electors who reside in any affected school district, is filed with the clerk of the union high school district. The validity of the petition shall be governed by the rules promulgated under s. 8.40 (3).

(b) If a referendum is directed or a petition requesting a referendum is filed under par. (a), the school district clerk of the school board adopting the resolution or the school district clerk receiving the petition shall immediately notify the school boards of each of the other affected school districts, the secretary of the board and the clerk of each city, village or town, any part of which is contained within an affected school district. The referendum shall be held in the union high school district as provided under s. 117.20. Votes shall be counted separately for the union high school district and each affected elementary school district.

(4)Referendum results. If a majority of the votes cast in the union high school district and in a majority of the affected elementary school districts is in favor of consolidation, the union high school district and all of the affected elementary school districts shall be consolidated on the following July 1. At the time of canvassing the returns, the school boards of the affected school districts shall make and file an order of school district reorganization under s. 117.17 (2).

(5)Elementary school district in more than one union high school district.

(a) If a school district that operates only elementary grades has territory in more than one union high school district, it may consolidate under this section only with the union high school district in which more than 50 percent of its territory, as measured by equalized valuation, is located. Only the territory of the elementary school district that is located in that union high school district shall be included in the newly created common or unified school district operating both elementary and high school grades.

(b) The remaining territory of the elementary school district shall be attached, by the reorganization order issued under sub. (2) or (4), to a school district that operates only elementary grades and has territory located in the union high school district attended by the high school pupils who reside in the territory being attached.

(c) Upon the request of the school board of any affected school district, or the school board of any other school district operating only elementary grades that has territory in the union high school district identified under par. (b), the board shall determine to which elementary school district territory shall be attached under par. (b). The board shall issue an order that either affirms the attachment of the territory as specified in the order under sub. (2) or (4) or modifies the order under sub. (2) or (4) by attaching all or part of the territory to one or more other school districts identified under par. (b).

(d) Upon the request of the school board of any affected school district, the board shall review any proposed apportionment of assets and liabilities under s. 66.0235 (2c) (a) 1., between the school district created by the consolidation under par. (a) and any elementary school district to which territory is proposed to be attached under par. (b) or (c), and shall issue an order affirming or modifying that apportionment.

(6)State aid. From the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (br), the department shall pay to a school district created by a consolidation under this section that takes effect on or after July 1, 2019, the following amounts:

(a) In the school year in which the consolidation takes effect and in each of the subsequent 4 school years, $150 multiplied by the number of pupils enrolled, as defined in s. 115.437 (1), in the school district in that school year.

(b) In the 5th school year following the school year in which the consolidation takes effect, 50 percent of the amount the school district received under par. (a) in the 4th year following the school year in which the consolidation takes effect.

(c) In the 6th school year following the school year in which the consolidation takes effect, 25 percent of the amount the school district received under par. (a) in the 4th year following the school year in which the consolidation takes effect.

History: 1989 a. 114, 192; 1999 a. 150 s. 672; 2017 a. 59.

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