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Whole Grade Sharing


Whole Grade Sharing (WGS) authorizes school boards of two or more school districts to enter into a agreement to provide for the education of students, in one or more grades from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, by one or the other of the districts. An agreement shall be for no less than a full school year.

WGS is authorized by s.118.50, Wisconsin statutes. The PI 33 Administrative Rule is also available online.

Learn more about the Whole Grade Sharing program.

WGS Timeline

A WGS agreement must be signed by February 15 to be effective for the following school year. The steps in the process and deadlines are generally as follows:

  • School Board Resolution - The school boards must adopt resolutions stating their intention to enter into, extend, or renew a WGS agreement at least 60 days prior signing an agreement.
  • Publication of Notice - The school board must publish notice of the adoption of the resolution within 10 days of adoption of the resolution.
  • Citizen Petition - District residents may file a petition requesting a feasibility study within 30 days of publication of the notice.
  • Public Hearing - The school board must hold a public hearing at least 30 days prior to entering into, extending, or renewing a WGS agreement.
  • Sign WGS Agreement - Sign agreement to begin, extend, or renew a WGS arrangement by February 15 for the next school year.
  • Copy to DPI - Provide a certified copy of the WGS agreement to DPI within 10 days of completing an agreement.
For questions about this information, contact Mark Elworthy (608) 266-9534