2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 117. School district reorganization.
117.132 Territory annexed to certain municipalities.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 117.132 (2017)

117.132 Territory annexed to certain municipalities.

(1)Application. This section applies to the proposed attachment to a school district of territory that is located wholly in a county with a population of more than 325,000 and less than 500,000.

(1m)Definitions. In this section:

(a) “Annexed" means annexed or attached under s. 66.0217, 66.0219, 66.0221, 66.0223, 66.0225, 66.0227, 66.0301 (6), or 66.0307.

(b) “Less than 50 percent of the land in the annexed territory is developed" means that on the date of annexation, less than 50 percent of the land in the annexed territory, as measured by geographic area, is occupied by permanent improvements, including buildings, streets, sidewalks, parking lots, driveways, sewers or utilities, or is incidental to such improvements.

(c) “Municipality" means any city or village any portion of which is located in a county that has a population of more than 325,000 and less than 500,000.

(d) “Municipal school district" means a school district whose territory includes more than 50 percent of the territory of a municipality, as measured by geographic area.

(2)Initiation of procedures.

(a) If territory is annexed to a municipality, the territory is not included in the municipal school district and less than 50 percent of the land in the annexed territory is developed, the school board of the municipal school district may adopt a resolution requesting the school board of the school district in which the annexed territory is located to meet with it to discuss the detachment of the annexed territory from the school district in which it is located and its attachment to the municipal school district. The resolution shall include a description of the territory sufficiently accurate to determine its location in the school district in which it is located, as certified by the clerk of the annexing municipality. The clerk of the municipal school district shall send a certified copy of the resolution to the school board of the school district in which the annexed territory is located, to all owners of territory located in the annexed territory and to the secretary of the board.

(b) If territory is annexed to a municipality and the territory is not included in the municipal school district, the owners of more than 50 percent of the annexed territory, as measured by its assessed valuation divided by the assessment ratio of the taxation district, may file a written petition with the clerk of the school district in which the territory is located requesting the detachment of the annexed territory from the school district in which it is located and its attachment to the municipal school district. The petition shall include a description of the territory sufficiently accurate to determine its location in the school district in which it is located, as certified by the clerk of the annexing municipality. Upon receipt of the petition, the school district clerk shall send a certified copy of the resolution to the school board of the municipal school district, to all owners of territory located in the annexed territory and to the secretary of the board.

(3)School board action. In the first July beginning after the adoption of a resolution under sub. (2) (a) or the receipt of a petition under sub. (2) (b), the school boards of the affected school districts may order the territory detached from the school district in which it is located and attached to the municipal school district by the adoption, by each of the school boards, of a resolution ordering the detachment and attachment. Failure of a school board to adopt a resolution before August 1 either ordering or denying the detachment and attachment constitutes a denial of the reorganization by that school board. The school district clerk of each school board adopting a resolution under this subsection that orders or denies the reorganization shall, within 5 days after adopting the resolution, send a certified copy of the resolution to the school board of the other affected school district and to each of the owners of territory in the annexed territory and file a certified copy of the resolution as provided under s. 117.17 (2). If the school board of each affected school district adopts a resolution under this subsection ordering the detachment and attachment, the reorganization shall take effect on the following July 1.

(4)Board review.

(a) The board shall review a reorganization proposed under this section if one of the following occurs:

1. Less than 50 percent of the land in the annexed territory is developed, one of the school boards under sub. (3) adopts a resolution ordering the reorganization, the other school board denies the reorganization and, before the following September 1, either of the school boards files a petition with the secretary of the board requesting board review of the proposed reorganization.

2. Before the September 1 following the granting or denying of the proposed reorganization under sub. (3), the owners of more than 50 percent of the annexed territory, as measured by its assessed valuation divided by the assessment ratio of the taxation district, file a petition with the secretary of the board requesting board review of the proposed reorganization.

(b) If a petition requesting review is filed under par. (a) 1., the secretary of the board shall immediately notify the school board of the other affected school district and each of the owners of territory in the annexed territory. If a petition requesting review is filed under par. (a) 2., the secretary of the board shall immediately notify the school board of each affected school district. Before the following January 15, the board shall issue an order either affirming the denial of the proposed reorganization or detaching all or part of the annexed territory described in the resolution or petition under sub. (2) from the school district in which it is located and attaching it to the municipal school district. The board's order shall be in writing, shall include a statement of reasons for the order and shall be filed as provided under s. 117.17 (2). If the board orders territory detached from the school district in which it is located and attached to the municipal school district, the reorganization shall take effect on the following July 1.

History: 1989 a. 114; 1991 a. 269; 1999 a. 150; 2007 a. 43.

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