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Sparsity Aid Legislation Signed into Law

This week, Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 824 into law. As reported in the past, this new state law would restore some of the Sparsity Aid that Spring Valley lost due to an overage of a small number of students. In 2013-14 both Spring Valley School District in our 93rd Assembly District and Crivitz (in the 36th Assembly District, represented by State Representative Jeff Mursau) became eligible for these crucial sparsity aid funds for rural districts. Unfortunately, due to a slight increase in the number of students in both districts, both became ineligible in 2015-16 thus losing precious funds from the Sparsity Aid program.

Assembly Bill 824 authorizes the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to pay unexpended sparsity aid to school districts that qualified for sparsity aid in the previous school year but became ineligible due to increased enrollment in the current school year. Assembly Bill 824 also would increase the number of pupils from 725 to 745 for the 2016-17 school year.

Spring Valley’s 2014-15 Sparsity Aid amount, $169,081, was based on 2013-14 membership of 716 (13 summer FTE), and a proration factor of 78.7 percent. Under Assembly Bill 824, Spring Valley would qualify for a portion of the $300 per pupil sparsity aide (80.6 percent) which equals roughly $179,131.

Thank you to Governor Walker for recognizing the importance of this legislation and signing the bill making it 2015 Wisconsin Act 305.

(L-R:  Senate Staff Member; Representative Petryk; Dan Rossmiller, Wisconsin Association of School Boards; Senator Tom Tiffany; and Representative Jeff Mursau with Governor Scott Walker)


Speaker’s Taskforce on Youth Workforce Readiness

On Tuesday March 29th, the Speaker’s Taskforce on Youth Workforce Readiness convened at Eleva-Strum High School and heard testimony on the issue of preparing our youth for the in-demand jobs waiting for them after graduation as well as from many experts and students in the western Wisconsin and Chippewa Valley region. I am proud to be a member of this bi-partisan taskforce who has been meeting around our state to gain an understanding on how best to prepare out young men and woman for successful careers in advanced high-technical fields such as manufacturing, welding, design, and engineering.

At my suggestion, the taskforce met at Cardinal Manufacturing at Eleva-Strum High School, what I consider to be the premiere example of how this can best be done, with leadership of a public schools’ faculty and administration and partnerships with local business leaders. The technical education instructor, Mr. Craig Cegielski, is an amazing, skilled, and focused instructor, as well as a friend, who built the program which now teaches skills in machining, welding, computer-assisted design, business office management, product sales and billing, and dozens of other real-world skills.

Cardinal Manufacturing is a business that is managed and run by the students and has become the “gold standard” for technical education programs across the country. Over 50 schools visited Cardinal Manufacturing just last year and Mr. Cegielski is an in-demand speaker on how to teach technical education and design the partnerships that make Cardinal Manufacturing a towering success. I wanted my colleagues on the taskforce to see this operation firsthand and they were all very impressed by the facility, the faculty, and of course, the eager and engaged students. If you would like more information on Cardinal Manufacturing, please visit their website at http://www.cardinalmanufacturing.org/

At the hearing of the taskforce, we heard from the following speakers:

Cory Kulig, Eleva-Strum High School Principal; Kristine North and Helen Glaser, Special Education teacher and student from New Auburn High School; Jenn Slusser, Transition Coordinator for Holmen High School; Dan Conroy, Retired Vice President of Human Resources at Nexen Group; Matt Guse, Owner of MRS Machining; Todd Wenzel, President of the Precision Metal Forming Association; Craig Cegielski, Eleva-Strum Technical Education Teacher (Craig led a tour of the facilities); Colin Nyseth, Katie Solfest, Cole Nichols, and Grant Austin, all Students in Cardinal Manufacturing; Tyson Rohscheib, Former student production manager of Cardinal Manufacturing; Paula Haugle, Elmwood School Counselor; Candyce Lund, Director of Instructional Services for CESA 10; Bruce Barker, President of Chippewa Valley Technical College; Jeff Sullivan, Dean of Industry, Agriculture and Energy at Chippewa Valley Technical College; Lynette Livingston, Dean of Business and Academic Initiatives of Chippewa Valley Technical College; and Steve Plendle, Chippewa Valley Technical College Machine Tool Instructor.

Thanks to my colleagues from the Assembly who attended as members of the taskforce from across the state and all who came to testify. Special thanks to Mr. Cegielski, Principal Cory Kulig, and the entire state and students at Eleva-Strum High School for making our day of learning so insightful and exhilarating.

If you would like to see more pictures from the day’s events, please visit http://www.cardinalmanufacturing.org/gallery/youth-workforce-readiness.

Representative Petryk along with other members of the taskforce on a tour of Cardinal Manufacturing.

Representative Petryk with Mr. Craig Cegielski.

Representative Petryk and Chairman Representative Kulp and others listening to testimony during the hearing of the Speaker's Taskforce on Youth Workforce Readiness.


In-District Listening Sessions

I will be holding in-district listening sessions on Monday, April 4th, 2016 at four locations in the 93rd Assembly District.

These listening sessions are an opportunity for constituents of the 93rd Assembly District to come and speak directly to me about issues of importance. Individual constituent meetings will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

The following are the times and locations for the April 4th listening sessions:

Prescott City Hall
800 Borner Street North
Prescott, WI 54021
8:00-9:00 a.m.

Spring Valley Village Office
E121 South 2nd Street
Spring Valley, WI 54767
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Dunn Town Hall
E4583 County Road C
Downsville, WI 54735
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Town of Pleasant Valley Town Hall
S10414 Cty HH/I
Eleva, WI 54738
2:30-3:30 p.m.


From the Office of Governor Scott Walker

Working for Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker Signs Two Bills Into Law to Increase Needs-Based Grants for Technical Colleges and Create Emergency Grants for Students
Governor Scott Walker signs Assembly Bills 740 and 741 into law as part of college affordability legislative package

Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bills 740 and 741 into law today at Mid-State Technical College. Both bills are a part of Governor Walker’s college affordability legislative package and work to make higher education more affordable for Wisconsin families.

“One of the most important things we can do for higher education in our state moving forward is to focus on making college more affordable for our students and families,” Governor Walker said. “The bills we’re signing into law here today at Mid-State Technical College help us do that by providing additional funding for grants to technical college students and by creating emergency grants for students facing unexpected financial hardship. Looking forward, we will continue our work to keep college costs low and ease the burden of student debt.”

Assembly Bill 740 – provides additional funding for Wisconsin grants to technical college students. Under current law, the Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) administers the Wisconsin grants program, which provides grants to resident postsecondary students enrolled in institutions of higher education, including technical colleges. This bill provides HEAB with an additional $500,000 in Fiscal Year 2015-2016 and $500,000 in Fiscal Year 2016-2017. This bill will provide hundreds of students with aid annually. Authored by Representative David Heaton (R – Wausau) and Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R – River Falls), the bill passed the Assembly with a vote of 61-36 and was concurred by the Senate with a vote of 19-13. It is Act 281.

Assembly Bill 741 – creates a grant program for students enrolled in technical colleges and the two-year University of Wisconsin college campuses for financial emergencies. Students are eligible for a grant if the student’s expected family contribution, as determined by the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is less than $5,000. The amount of grants awarded to a student may not exceed a total of $500 per academic year, with a limit of two grants per student per academic year. Grant funding is distributed by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Board to the technical colleges, and by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents to the UW colleges, based on the anticipated need and demand for grants at each technical or UW college. The bill also requires each technical college and UW college to collect information on the grant program and to report his information to the WTCS Board and Board of Regents at the end of each academic year. The WTCS Board and Board of Regents must then report this information to the legislature. These types of emergency grants have proven to increase the likelihood students complete their degrees, which helps students to find employment and increases their ability to repay any student loan they may have taken out. Authored by Representative David Murphy (R – Greenville) and Senator Howard Marklein (R – Spring Green), the bill passed the Assembly with a vote of 61-36 and was concurred by the Senate with a vote of 19-13. It is Act 282.

The College Affordability legislation Governor Walker is signing into law today builds on his tuition freeze for UW System students and families. According to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, in the ten years prior to the historic four-year tuition freeze, tuition increased an average of 8.1 percent across the UW System. Over that same period, tuition had gone up 118.7 percent prior to the freeze Governor Walker and the Legislature enacted. Compared to the average increases over the prior ten years, across the UW System, students have saved $6,311 due to the freeze. While savings vary by institution, the tuition freeze meant average savings of $2,926 at UW colleges and savings up to $9,327 at UW-Madison.

Governor Walker has also worked with the Legislature to make higher education more affordable for Wisconsinites by creating a scholarship program for high school students who lead their classes in technical education courses, restoring the Wisconsin GI Bill for veterans and expanding it to those with five years of residency, as well as increasing needs-based grants for technical college students by $2 million in the 2013-2014 school year and $1 million for independent colleges. To make it easier for students to complete their degrees, Governor Walker included in the 2013-15 biennial budget a requirement that the UW System and Technical College schools have at least 30 core credits that can transfer between institutions and additionally created the UW System Flexible Degree Program, which offers competency-based learning at a flexible schedule. Governor Walker and the Legislature also indexed the Higher Education Tuition Tax Deduction in the 2013-15 biennial budget, benefiting tens of thousands of students.

Constituent Corner

On March 11, Representative Petryk attended the Retirement Party of Dunn County Chief Deputy, Paul Gunness, who served for 35 years in Law Enforcement; 32 years with Dunn County. Chief Deputy Gunness has left a lasting imprint on the institution and community that will benefit others for decades to come. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors!


Left to Right:  Angie Dickison, State Broadband Director; Representative Warren Petryk; Kathleen Vinehout; and Sheila Harsdorf at the Ellsworth Chamber's Industrial Council Broadband Breakfast.

Events Around the 93rd Assembly District

Thank you all for letting us know about upcoming events in the 93rd Assembly District.  It is my pleasure to share them with others through this newsletter.  If you have an event, please share them with me a month in advance and my staff and I will do our best to share in our e-update.  

Spring Shopping Explosion
April 2, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Ellsworth High School Gymnasium, Ellsworth

Container Gardening
April 2, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Plum City Library, Plum City

Colleen Raye Sings Patsy Cline
April 2, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Stockholm Pie & General Store, Stockholm

34th Annual Ellsworth Fire Department Chicken Feed
April 2, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ellsworth Fire Hall, Ellsworth

To Have & To Hold Wedding Fair
April 3, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $10/Person
Sleep Inn Conference Center, Eau Claire

History of Norway
April 4, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Eau Claire Children’s Theatre – Disney’s The Little Mermaid
April 7-10, 2016
State Theatre, Eau Claire


93rd Assembly District Local Resources

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City of Eau Claire:

Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce:

Village of Ellsworth:

Prescott Chamber of Commerce:

City of Prescott:

Menomonie Chamber of Commerce:

City of Menomonie:

Village of Spring Valley:


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