Service members; priority registration. 38.12(12)(b)
Each district board shall ensure that a student who is a service member is given priority in registering for courses at any technical college in the district.
If a student who is a member of a national guard or a member of a reserve unit of the U.S. armed forces withdraws from school after September 11, 2001, because he or she is called into state active duty or into active service with the U.S. armed forces, the district board shall do all of the following:
Reenroll the student beginning in the semester in which he or she is discharged, demobilized, or deactivated from active duty or the next succeeding semester, whichever the student prefers.
Give the student the same priority in registering for courses that the student would have had if he or she had registered for courses at the beginning of the registration period.
At the student's request, do one of the following for all courses from which the student had to withdraw:
Reimburse the student all tuition and fees paid for all the courses.
Grant the student an incomplete in all the courses and permit the student to complete the courses, within 6 months after leaving state service or active service, without paying additional tuition or fees.
Ensure that the student is provided a reasonable opportunity to complete final projects and final examinations for all courses in which the scheduled end date of the course is not more than 30 days after the date of the order calling the student into active duty or service unless such an accommodation cannot be reasonably made.
Attendance at technical college. 38.12(14)(a)
Upon the pupil's request and with the written approval of the pupil's parent or guardian, any public school pupil who satisfies the following criteria may apply to attend a technical college for the purpose of taking one or more courses:
The pupil notifies the school board of the school district in which the pupil resides of his or her intent to attend a technical college under this subsection by March 1 if the pupil intends to enroll in the fall semester and by October 1 if the pupil intends to enroll in the spring semester.
A school board may refuse to permit a pupil to attend a technical college under this subsection if the pupil is a child with a disability, as defined in s. 115.76 (5)
, and the school board determines that the cost to the school district under par. (dm)
would impose an undue financial burden on the school district.
The technical college district board shall admit the pupil to the technical college if he or she meets the requirements and prerequisites of the course or courses for which he or she applied, except as follows:
The district board may admit a pupil to a course under this subsection only if there is space available in the course after admitting to the course all individuals applying for admission to the course who are not attending the technical college under this subsection.
The district board may reject an application from a pupil who has a record of disciplinary problems, as determined by the district board.
If a child attends a technical college under this subsection, the technical college shall ensure that the child's educational program meets the high school graduation requirements under s. 118.33
. At least 30 days before the beginning of the technical college semester in which the pupil will be enrolled, the school board of the school district in which the pupil resides shall notify the pupil, in writing, if a course in which the pupil will be enrolled does not meet the high school graduation requirements and whether the course is comparable to a course offered in the school district. If the pupil disagrees with the school board's decision regarding comparability of courses or satisfaction of high school graduation requirements, the pupil may appeal the school board's decision to the state superintendent within 30 days after the decision. The state superintendent's decision is final and is not subject to review under subch. III of ch. 227
. The pupil is eligible to receive both high school and technical college credit for courses successfully completed at the technical college.
Subject to s. 118.55 (7t)
, for each pupil attending a technical college under this subsection, the school board shall pay to the technical college district board, in 2 installments payable upon initial enrollment and at the end of the semester, for those courses taken for high school credit, an amount equal to the cost of tuition, course fees, and books that a pupil who is attending the technical college and who is a resident of this state would be charged, except that the school board is not responsible for payment for any courses that are comparable to courses offered in the school district.
If a pupil who is attending a technical college under this subsection is a child with a disability, as defined in s. 115.76 (5)
, the payment under par. (d)
shall be adjusted to reflect the cost of any special services required for the pupil.
The school board of the school district in which the pupil resides is not responsible for transporting a pupil attending a technical college under this subsection to or from the technical college that the pupil is attending.
A pupil taking a course at a technical college for high school credit under this subsection is not responsible for any portion of the tuition and fees for the course if the school board is required to pay the technical college for the course under par. (d)
See also ch. TCS 9
, Wis. adm. code.
History: 1971 c. 154
; 1975 c. 198
; 1977 c. 29
; 1979 c. 221
; 1981 c. 20
; 1981 c. 391
; 1983 a. 27
; 1983 a. 379
; 1983 a. 391
; 1985 a. 332
s. 251 (1)
, (3); 1987 a. 399
; 1989 a. 56
; 1993 a. 227
; 1995 a. 27
s. 9145 (1)
; 1995 a. 448
; 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 150
; 2001 a. 22
; 2003 a. 69
; 2005 a. 324
; 2013 a. 56
; 2017 a. 59
; 2019 a. 75
See also ch. TCS 7
, Wis. adm. code.
Public broadcasting stations.
If the district board governing the Milwaukee area technical college determines to relinquish its public broadcasting licenses, it shall offer to assign the licenses to the educational communications board, subject to approval of the federal communications commission.
History: 1985 a. 29
; 1987 a. 399
District board powers. 38.14(1)(1)
The district board may sue and be sued in the name of the district and may prosecute or defend all suits brought by or against the district.
For the use of the district schools, the district board may:
Purchase or lease materials, supplies and equipment.
Purchase or lease suitable land and buildings and rent to others any portion of such land and buildings not needed for school purposes.
Construct, enlarge and improve buildings. Existing school buildings and equipment shall be used as far as practicable.
If there is a county teachers college in the district which is no longer in operation, the district board shall utilize the existing buildings and equipment of the college to the extent possible.
With the approval of the director under s. 38.04 (2)
, the district board may sell any property which it finds to be no longer needed by the district.
All conveyances, leases and contracts under this subsection shall be in the name of the district.
Lease facilities to others for school purposes. The district board may not enter into a lease under this subdivision after June 30, 1999.
Lease land to others for the construction of a building for school purposes if any future acquisition of the building by the district board will not expose the district board to an expenditure exceeding $500,000, excluding moneys received from gifts, grants or federal funds. The district board may not enter into a lease under this subdivision after June 30, 1991.
The district board may enter into contracts to provide educational services to public and private educational institutions, tribal schools, federal and state agencies, local governmental bodies, industries, and businesses.
If a district board contracts with a school board to provide youth apprenticeship instruction to pupils enrolled in the school district, the district board may not charge the school board an amount that is greater than the technical college district's direct instructional costs associated with providing the instruction.
The district board may enter into contracts with local community-based organizations for basic skills instruction.
The district board may enter into contracts to provide fiscal and management services to public and private educational institutions, tribal schools, federal and state agencies, and local governmental units.
A district board may contract with a foreign government or any business which is not operating in this state, if a district board demonstrates that the district will receive a direct and measurable benefit from the contract and that the contract will not result in a reduction in the quality of education at district schools and if all of the following conditions are met:
The contract meets all of the requirements for a district board contract under this subsection.
The contract provides for full cost recovery so that no direct or indirect costs under the contract will be funded by the district.
The district board reviews all cost allocation and record-keeping systems for all services provided under the contract, which shall be subject to audit by the district board, and provides guidelines which conform with the requirements of this paragraph.
The district board agrees to conduct an audit, on at least an annual basis, to determine that no state aids or district tax funds are spent in the execution of the contract.
No district employee may receive compensation from a contract under par. (c)
in excess of the compensation that he or she receives as compensation as a district employee, and any compensation that a district employee receives from a contract under par. (c)
shall be paid in proportion to the percentage of an employee's workload that represents the amount of time that an employee is assigned to work under a contract.
The district board shall establish and file with the board policies governing contracting under this subsection. By December 1, 1990, and annually by December 1 thereafter, the district board shall submit to the board, in a form determined by the board, a report identifying all contracts under which the district board provided services under this subsection in the preceding fiscal year, and any other information requested by the board.
See also ch. TCS 8
, Wis. adm. code.
Gifts and grants.
The district board may accept gifts, grants and bequests to be used in the execution of its functions.
The district board may establish advisory committees representing every occupation in the district. Each advisory committee shall consist of equal numbers of employers and employees selected by the district board from recommendations submitted by representative organizations and associations of each occupation. The district board and the district director may request the advice and assistance of these advisory committees in selecting, purchasing and installing equipment, in preparing course materials, in developing instructional methods and vocational guidance programs and for such other purposes as the district board desires.
The district board may provide transportation for students within the district, but no state aid may be paid for this service.
Sale of articles.
The district board may sell at market value articles manufactured in district schools. The proceeds from such sales shall be paid to the district treasurer.
Activity, incidental and vocational-adult seminar and workshop fees.
Subject to s. 38.24 (1v)
, the district board may establish student activity and incidental fees to fund, in whole or in part, the cost of services and activities offered as support services for regular instruction. With the approval of the state director, the district board may establish fees for vocational-adult seminars and workshops, not to exceed the full cost of the seminar or workshop less the fee charged under s. 38.24 (1m)
Bonds for officers and employees.
The district board may require an officer or employee of the district board to give security for the faithful performance of his or her duties in such form and amount as the district board determines, and may require at any time additional bonds and sureties of any officer or employee.
Displaced homemakers' program.
The district board may apply for and spend grant funds from the board for displaced homemakers' programs. The district board may spend those grant funds for contracts with local community organizations.
Initiatives to provide coordinated services.
If the county board of supervisors establishes an initiative to provide coordinated services under s. 59.53 (7)
, the district board may participate in the initiative and may enter into written interagency agreements or contracts under the initiative.
Parking regulations and fees.
The district board may adopt resolutions regulating the parking of motor vehicles on property under its jurisdiction. The resolutions may establish a fee for the parking of motor vehicles by students, faculty, staff and visitors and fines for the violation of any parking regulation. Nothing in this subsection requires that all users of the parking facilities be charged a parking fee.
Student identification numbers.
The district board may assign to each student enrolled in the district a unique identification number. The district board shall not assign to any student an identification number that is identical to or incorporates the student's social security number. This subsection does not prohibit a district board from requiring a student to disclose his or her social security number, nor from using a student's social security number if such use is required by a federal or state agency or private organization in order for the district board or the student to participate in a particular program.
The district board may use funds received from participation in an auction of digital broadcast spectrum administered by the federal communications commission to provide scholarships that cover the fees established under s. 38.24 (1m)
for students who meet eligibility criteria established by the district board.
The Milwaukee technical college may acquire and operate a retail service station as a part of a vocational training program. 58 Atty. Gen. 23.
A vocational, technical and adult education (technical college) district has authority to purchase buildings for administration purposes or student dormitory housing, and in doing so would not violate the constitutional ban on works of internal improvement. 60 Atty. Gen. 231.
VTAE (technical college) districts and the state board of vocational, technical and adult education do not have the power of eminent domain and, therefore, are not subject to ss. 32.19 to 32.27, the relocation act. 63 Atty. Gen. 367.
A VTAE (technical college) board may subsidize public bus lines to provide transportation under sub. (6). 65 Atty. Gen. 305.
Responsibilities of students.
The students of each district, subject to the responsibilities and powers of the board, the state director, the district board, the district director and the faculty, shall be active participants in the immediate governance of and policy development for the district and may participate in all matters affecting student interests to the extent not in conflict with the terms of any collective bargaining agreement. As such, students have primary responsibility for the formulation and review of policies concerning student life and services. Students in consultation with the district director and subject to the final confirmation of the district board have the responsibility for the disposition of student activity and incidental fees under s. 38.14 (9)
. The students of each district may organize themselves in a manner that they determine and select their representatives to participate in district governance. This section does not prohibit the board, the state director, the district board, the district director or the faculty from selecting students to participate in district governance but any students selected by those bodies or persons shall not be considered to be representatives of the students for the purposes of the students' right to select their representatives to participate in district governance.
History: 1993 a. 101
Financing of capital expenditures. 38.15(1)(1)
Subject to subs. (3)
, if the district board intends to make a capital expenditure in excess of $1,500,000, excluding moneys received from gifts, grants or federal funds, for the acquisition of sites, purchase or construction of buildings, the lease/purchase of buildings if costs exceed $1,500,000 for the lifetime of the lease, building additions or enlargements or the purchase of fixed equipment relating to any such activity, it shall adopt a resolution stating its intention to do so and identifying the anticipated source of revenue for each project and shall submit the resolution to the electors of the district for approval. The referendum shall be noticed, called and conducted as provided in s. 67.05 (3)
insofar as applicable. For the purposes of this section, all projects located on a single campus site within one district which are bid concurrently or which are approved by the board under s. 38.04 (10)
within a 2-year period shall be considered as one capital expenditure project.
No more than $1,000,000 in reserve funds, consisting of property tax revenues and investment earnings on those revenues, may be utilized by the district board to finance capital expenditures in excess of $1,500,000 for the purposes under sub. (1)
This section does not apply to any of the following:
Building program actions approved by the board before February 1, 1980.
Building remodeling or improvement projects.
A capital expenditure to purchase or construct a facility to be used as an applied technology center if all of the following apply:
The district board adopts a resolution stating its intention to make a capital expenditure under this paragraph.
The capital expenditure is made before July 1, 2006.
The total amount of capital expenditures made by the district board under this paragraph does not exceed $5,000,000.
The acquisition of a building as a result of a lease under s. 38.14 (2) (d) 2.
if the district makes no cash expenditure to acquire the building.
That portion of a capital expenditure funded with student housing payments for the purchase or construction, or the lease/purchase, of a student residence facility if the district board uses no revenue derived from its tax levy under s. 38.16
, state aid received under s. 38.28
, or fees and tuition collected under s. 38.24
, for the purchase or construction, or the lease/purchase, of the student residence facility.
A district board may make a capital expenditure in excess of $1,500,000, but not more than $2,500,000, excluding moneys received from gifts, grants, or federal funds, for a purpose specified in sub. (1)
, without submitting a resolution to the electors of the district for approval, if the district board receives an equal amount of federal funds for the project. If a district board makes such a capital expenditure, the limit on capital expenditures for the same project in the succeeding 2-year period under sub. (1)
is reduced by the amount expended under this subsection that exceeded that limit. The limitation on the use of reserve funds under sub. (2)
does not apply to a capital expenditure made under this subsection.