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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.

Elmbrook pdf District Seeks Community Involvement in Financial Planning Process Nov. 2008





The School District of Elmbrook is currently faced with a projected budget shortfall of $1.3 million for the 2009-10 school year.  This deficit is anticipated to increase over the subsequent three years.  It is a consequence of projected expenses increasing at a rate greater than the approximated 2.5% annual increase allowed by the legislated revenue cap on property taxes.


Elmbrook is one of only two K-12 districts in Waukesha County that has managed to maintain a balanced budget over the past fifteen years without going to the voters for authorization to exceed the revenue cap.  A five-year planning process (through 2013-14) is being initiated by the Board of Education with the intent to maintain that fiscal responsibility. As a first step in the financial planning process, studies will be completed on a number of topics that will affect future budgeting.  To date, these include:


  • Enrollment revenue potential – resident and non-resident
  • Other revenue potential
  • Class size and/or program/service savings potential by level (elementary, middle & high school)
  • Other staffing savings potential
  • Negotiations and/or benefits plan design savings potential
  • Energy savings potential


Committees to include staff and community members will be formed to study each area to provide the best possible balance between budget adjustments and student learning.  The analysis will include review of other districts and how they achieve this balance.  If you are interested in participating on a study team, please contact Melinda Mueller at 262-781-3030 ext. 1176 or e-mail




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