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School District Boundary Appeal Board

The School District Boundary Appeal Board (SDBAB) is created within the Department of Public Instruction by s.15.375, Wis. Statutes to address certain issues related to school district reorganization. The Board consists of 12 school board members appointed by the state superintendent of Public Instruction for staggered two-year terms. Four members represent small school districts; four represent medium school districts, and four represent large school districts. No more than one member may come from each of the 12 CESA areas. Three-member panels of SDBAB members (one each from a small, medium, and large district) hear appeals related to small territory detachment. Seven member boards, consisting of two representatives each from small, medium, and large districts, and the state superintendent or his or her designee, address issues related to district creation and dissolution, annexation, or boundary disputes. Operations of the board are described in s.117.05(1) and (2), Wis. statutes.


  • Section 117.05 (9), Wisconsin statutes, permits the state superintendent to charge fees sufficient to reimburse the department for the costs related to certain School District Boundary Appeal Board (SDBAB) activities.
  • Section PI 2.03 of the administrative rules requires the state superintendent to annually "establish a filing fee sufficient to cover the expenses of convening the school district boundary appeal board and the appeal panel".

Filing Fee Schedule - Current filing fees for SDBAB hearings.

SDBAB Panel Hearing Procedures - A description of the process for planning and holding a hearing of the three-member SDBAB panel.

2019 Hearing Packets

 May 23 - 19-03 - Cedarburg/Mequon-Thiensville

May 23 - 19-23 - Oregon/McFarland

May 29 - 19-10 - Hudson/River Falls

May 29 - 19-25 - Somerset/Hudson

For questions about this information, contact Janice Zmrazek (608) 266-2803