Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Guest Posting 2: Nancy Kormanik on ENROLLMENT

4-K, Elections, Elmbrook, Education, TAXES

This is the second and last guest posting by Nancy Kormanik


Our Elmbrook School District has a responsibility to provide an education to our children living within our Elmbrook attendance boundaries. Consequently, any seats in our public schools should be occupied by our resident children. Our school’s capacities should be matched with resident enrollment and not the other way around. Resident enrollment should dictate the number and size of facilities we maintain. Due to many reasons, the trend in resident student enrollment is projected to continue to decline.

Throughout the past decade, declining resident student enrollment has been addressed by welcoming ever greater numbers of non-resident students. State funding provided a financial incentive to this practice, contributing about half of the cost of a resident student for each non-resident student. We now have 12% non-resident students. We’ve reached a tipping point which calls for decisive action.

- When we continue to maintain excess facilities, those funds are not allocated toward students.

- When we have families choosing to purchase homes in other communities and attend our schools, they are not contributing to financial support of our public schools at the same level which residents are.

This combination of circumstances gives us an opportunity to focus on our mission statement: to educate, inspire every student to think, to learn and to succeed – to be an exemplary district with an uncompromising commitment to achieve powerful results for all resident students.

Nancy Kormanik

You may LINK to Nancy's pdf to view an exact copy of her campaign flier or to print yourself to share with friends. 

More Reading:

March 28, 2011 Guest Posting: Nancy Kormanik Fiscal Conservative

March 23, 2011 Budget has board hopefuls' attention Some want to cut, others seek better financial picture  "Kormanik, a former educator and program coordinator at Milwaukee Area Technical College, said it may sound obvious, but the district needs to stop spending money unnecessarily. She said all options - closing a school, increasing class sizes, changes to pay and benefits - need to be considered."

March 23, 2011 Elmbrook School Board at-large race "There is nothing off the table anymore, all the way from toilet paper to contracts. We need to look at everything: insurance policies, contracts not just for teachers but for other personnel, personnel, staff, bills that have to be paid, investments, fees."

March 21, 2011, Elmbrook Candidates Disagree on 4K, School Closure  "Only one candidate (Nancy Kormanik) expressed opposition to adding a 4-year-old kindergarten program, while four favored adding 4k and one (incumbent Kathryn Wilson) did not clearly endorse or reject it."

School Board candidate forum to be replayed [3 times daily] through Election Day

Cindy Kilkenny
Public Forum: Kormanik will stand up for taxpayers
Cheri Mastel
Public Forum: Kormanik has can-do attitude Elmbrook needs
Nora Schumann Public Forum: Kormanik offers choice beyond names on ballot
Barbara and Michael Shore Public Forum: Kormanik has the courage to make hard choices

Blog post: Conservatives, you now have a real choice:Write-In Nancy Kormanik 

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