Introduction and Purpose

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Lancaster Community School District in Grant County, Wisconsin, is comprised of the city of Lancaster and all or part of the townships of Beetown, Ellenboro, Harrison, Liberty, Little Grant, North Lancaster, Potosi, South Lancaster, and Waterloo.  The School District of Lancaster takes great pride in its schools. 

Lancaster Community School District educates approximately 957 students in grades ECE through 12 at three campuses, all located within the city limits of Lancaster.  Lancaster provides a full range of academic and extracurricular experiences for its students.  With the work of the students, parents, professional and support staff, Lancaster continues to maintain a tradition of excellence in education.  Lancaster has long maintained high quality library/media centers in each of its three buildings. Each building maintains a complete facility with current collections of print, audio, digital and visual materials. 

Lancaster Community School District maintains a superior quality, district-wide infrastructure that is fully connected by fiber and networked with state-of-the-art hardware and software.  

The district is organized into three buildings—the three educational campuses with one connected to a district central office.  Currently they are organized into ECE-5, 6-8, and 9-12 buildings.  Each building has ample numbers of computer workstations for staff, student access machines, and labs.  The central office building, located in the Annex and attached to the elementary school building, houses the district administrator, bookkeeper, and administrative assistant offices along with the technology department, and special education and related services rooms. 

STATISTICAL INFORMATION

Employees and budget

The Lancaster Community School District employs 159 full and part time employees with average class sizes in the elementary level of just over 17.  Middle and High School class averages are just over 18 students per class.  The school district has an operating budget of $13,194,529 with a tax rate of $11.32 per $1000 with expenditures of $11,390 per student.  This past year $138,000 was budgeted for technology related expenses. 

Ethnicity 

The 2011-2012 student population is comprised of 916 students.  This includes 468 males and 448 females.  The ethnic population consists of 7 Asian students, 5 black students, 11 Hispanic students, 1 Indian/Alaskan students, and 878 White students.

Attendance

Elementary attendance rates are 96.4%, Middle School attendance rates are 96.7% while the high school is 92%.  This equates to a district average of 95.12%. 

Suspension/expulsion/drop out

The district had a 1.5% suspension rate for the 2011-20128 school year (the most recent rate available) compared to the state average of 6.6%.  Lancaster Community School District had a dropout rate (grades 7-12) of 0.45% as compared to a state average of 1.681%. 

Graduation rate/post-graduate plans

The District realized a graduation rate of 92% in 2011-2012. Although the state averages for graduation rates are not yet available, Lancaster has traditionally comfortably exceeded the state averages for graduating students. An impressive majority of the graduating class of 2012 exited school with definite plans regarding what they plan to pursue following high school graduation. Of the graduates in May 2012, 26.1% planned to attend a vocational/technical college; 55.5% planned to attend a 4-Year College; 5.8% planned to enter military service; and 3.3% planned to continue or enter full-time or part-time employment. The planning in place mirrors the interested involvement of the school and the students’ families in providing a solid foundation from which students can move forward.

Statewide high-stakes testing results

Lancaster Community School District participates fully in the WKCE-CRT statewide testing programs.  Lancaster students performed at a higher percentage than the state average in the WKCE 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 grades tests.  

 

DISTRICT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY VISION

Our vision for educational technology includes:

·         A curriculum that uses technology appropriate for each stage of an individual’s development.

·         An integrated curriculum that uses technology to support the development of the whole individual.

·         A curriculum that places technology in the context of our intellectual and cultural heritage.

·         A staff well trained in all of the cutting edge technologies and capable of infusing technology into the curriculum.

·         The use of technology to bridge the digital divide, thus breaking the geographic, economic, and cultural barriers that separate us from beneficial experience and knowledge.

·         The use of technology to materially benefit our community through increased efficiency, health, and safety.

·         The use of technology to provide new economic and cultural opportunities.

·         The use of technology as an agent of individual freedom and expression.

·         The availability of resources to all individuals that assist them in meeting their individual goals.

·         An awareness of the potential individual, societal, and environmental risks and hazards of technology.

·         The development of a caring and responsible attitude regarding the use and effects of technology. 

·         Connectivity within and between the schools allowing access to district-wide instructional resources, communication, the Internet, and instructional resources beyond the LAN.

                        

DISTRICT MISSION

The mission of the Lancaster Community School District is to provide and enhance early childhood to grade 12 learning opportunities. 

DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY MISSION

The mission of technology education at Lancaster Community Schools is to provide the resources and leadership that will enable our students to develop the knowledge, skills, and creativity needed to understand, accommodate, and control technological change. 

www.lancastersd.k12.wi.us Last updated on: 4-17-13