Recently, the State of Wisconsin announced a release of funding for school libraries - $30.1 million dollars will be distributed to Wisconsin’s K-12 public schools – money which supports every public school library in the state. Each school district in the State will receive approximately $24 per child, enough to put a book in the hand of every student in the State.
As one of the 426 school districts in the State, the School District of Janesville receives funds every year from the Common School Fund. This Fund was established at the time of the State's founding in 1838 for the purposes of supporting and maintaining school libraries. Since then, it has been nurtured and grown, so that today, it provides a legitimate source of funding for school libraries.
We rely on these funds for a significant portion of our school library budget. If you would like more information about the Common School Fund, you can go to the web at http://bcpl.wisconsin.gov, or contact our Public Information Officer, Brett Berg at firstname.lastname@example.org.