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October 16, 2023

Hamilton School Board certifies 2023-24 tax levy

Hamilton School Board members adopted a budget and certified a tax levy resulting in the lowest mill rate in the district’s history. The budget totaled $73.9 million which was supported with a $38.4 million tax levy. The tax levy is the portion of revenue generated through local property taxes. Overall, the budget increased 3.93% over last year. The mill rate will drop 79 cents from $7.70 to $6.91 per $1,000 of property value. A 13.9% increase in property value throughout the district contributed to the district’s historically low mill rate.

Each October, the School Board must adopt the budget, certify the tax levy and establish the tax rate after the Department of Revenue determines property values in the district. Tax bills are sent to property owners in December.

District enrollment grows

Board members approved the K-12 Enrollment Report for the 2023-24 school year. There are currently 5106 students enrolled in the Hamilton School District, according to the official third Friday count of students as of September 15, 2023. That is 14 more students than were counted in September 2022.

Community Survey approved

Board members approved the Community Survey final draft. Residents living within Hamilton School District boundaries will receive a mailed survey in November. The purpose of this survey is to gather feedback on potential financial and facility plans. These plans have been modified and adjusted in light of community feedback gathered from the fall 2022 survey.

Hamilton High School students presented

Two Hamilton High School students presented the Board Student Representative Report to share current events including club activities, fall athletics, marching band accomplishments and a Homecoming week wrap up. Students also shared the video message from Hamilton High School’s 2023 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient.

Templeton and Hamilton site plan reports given

Hamilton High School Principal Rebecca Newcomer, Templeton Middle School Principal Brad Hoffmann and Templeton Middle School Associate Principal Cody Leland presented site plans for their schools. Board members approved the reports. The site plan process provides a productive way for leadership teams to prioritize a school year focus while taking into account common goals and data from the previous year.

Dual Enrollment Program report approved

Hamilton High School has 10 students participating in the Dual Enrollment Program for the 2023-24 school year. Waukesha County Technical College’s Dual Enrollment Academy (DEA) is designed to provide high school seniors with the opportunity to work in high-demand fields while earning college credit. 18 Hamilton High School students completed the program in May of 2023.

Early College Credit Program report approved

12 high school students requested admission to the Early College Credit Program (ECCP) next semester. ECCP enrolls students into courses offered through a UW System institution, or an alternative private, non-profit institution of higher education (IHE), provided they are in good standing and have no record of discipline. The program is funded 75% from Hamilton High School and 25% from the state. If the student fails, withdraws or drops a class, the family pays 100% of the cost.

Start College Now report approved

16 high school students requested admission into the Start College Now (SCN) program next semester. The program allows juniors and seniors with good academic standing and no disciplinary problems to take courses at Waukesha County Technical College. The money to fund this program is budgeted through the high school. If a student fails the course or withdraws/drops, the family pays 100% of the cost. Transportation is the students’ responsibility.

Personnel matters

School Board members approved the appointments of:

  • Owen Terrizzi, Custodian I P.M. at Maple Avenue Elementary School, effective October 16.