Oregon School District Hosts Community Focus Groups | Education


The Oregon School District held five focus group sessions that community members could participate in. In light of recent conversations about public school funding in the state of Wisconsin, they wanted to include parents and other interested parties in a conversation about the financial health of the particular district. .

At a June 27 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Leslie Bergstrom sounded the alarm about the lack of state funding. She presented information on the topic of nationwide, state and district-wide discussions about failing school funding. In Wisconsin specifically, spending per student fell from 11% above the national average in 2002 to 6% below the national average in 2020. This is the largest drop of any state in the during this period.

“The situation in the state of Wisconsin is very serious when it comes to school funding and how people are moving forward,” Bergstrom said at the Board of Education meeting. “It’s not an Oregon thing, it’s not a Dane County thing. This is a concern of the State of Wisconsin.

They planned the focus groups not only to present this information directly to the public, but also to allow the community to provide feedback on what the public considers most important in education in the Oregon school district.

At 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, two sessions will take place. The first will take place at the district office and the second at the cafeteria of Rome Corners Middle School. Again at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, the sessions will take place at the same respective locations. A final focus group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9 at the same location in the cafeteria. They should last about an hour. For additional accommodations, district administrators have directed that inquiries be directed to Bergstrom.

“It has long been our goal for each of our children to have the best educator in their class,” Bergstrom told attendees at the June 27 meeting. “We know how important this is, and our community has repeatedly agreed that we share this belief.”

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