Some Northwoods school districts could be getting a financial boost next year, thanks to a proposal included the state budget.
The version of the budget passed by the joint finance committee would send 25 percent of timber sales from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to local schools. School districts would receive different amounts based on how much forest acreage falls within their district. Republican State Representative Rob Swearingin describes the proposal as a shot in the arm for rural schools.
Rhinelander school district officials have developed a web page so residents concerned about school funding can keep up to date. Rural school districts are feeling a financial squeeze as many districts have fewer students and are getting less financial aid, but still required to follow mandates.
The legislature's budget-writing group, the Joint Finance Committee, is looking at school funding at this time.