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Department of public instruction says the 2021-2022 school year budget was impacted by the pandemic

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Department of public instruction says the 2021-2022 school year budget was impacted by the pandemic

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW)-- Schools across the Badger State got their funding forecast from the DPI on Friday, many continuing to deal with the fallout of COVID-19.

The amount of aid received is in direct correlation with student enrollment numbers over the past several years.

“We are going to see the impact of covid-19 on school district funding in Wisconsin.” Dan Bush, Director, DPI School Financial Services Team said, “with the pandemic continuing to effect numbers this fall that won't really shake out completely until 2025.”

In central Wisconsin the city of Abbotsford seeing their funding increase over $600,000 and on the opposite end Rhinelander state aid will decrease more than $700,000.

DPI officials said more students enrolling in summer school helped boost the numbers.

“We did see summer school FTE bounce back to what it was in the summer of 2019. “Bush said, “that provides additional FTE so for revenue limits that does kind of mitigate the drop and have the resulting FTE recover a little bit, overall, on a statewide based from last year."

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