"Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it."
Dear Parents, Families and Students, Friends and Neighbors,
We are excited to announce that Watertown Unified School District (WUSD) "exceeds expectations" according to the 2013-2014 district report card from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. District report cards provide information on how the district and its schools are performing, and where improvements are needed. They are intended to help give a better picture of how well students are prepared to graduate ready for college and a career.
Here's a brief snapshot of our scores:
Our district improved by 4.6 points this year, with an overall score of 73.0.
Lebanon Elementary School score, 80.8 shows that it exceeded expectations for the second year in a row.
Schurz Elementary School scored 73.5, up 8.9 points, putting that school in the "exceeds expectations" range for the very first time.
All other district schools report card scores improved as well, increasing between 1.6 and 4.2 points.
We also are proud to be good stewards of tax-payer dollars while providing an exceptional education to your children. While our district is among the largest in the state, it is one of those that spends the least, approximately $1,000 less per pupil than the state average over the past seven years. Over the past two years, we have needed to reduce our budget by more than $1.7 million, and in that same time, our school board has voted to refinance our Wisconsin Retirement Service liability to save more than $2 million in cash-flow savings. Additionally, you'll be pleased to know that for the third year in a row, we anticipate that the tax levy will be decreased! This year we are anticipating a decrease in the mill rate as well.
I am so excited to be a parent and leader in this district. We not only exceed academic expectations, we have a warm and welcoming staff, and we are located in a town dedicated to community.
Superintendent of Schools