|Sparta and Tomah school districts have sent or soon
will be sending home an Impact Aid Survey form. All students attending
schools in those districts will receive the form.
Impact Aid Surveys distributed in the Sparta School District must
be completed and returned by Friday, Oct. 14, while surveys
distributed in the Tomah School District must be completed and
returned by Friday, Sept. 30.
Completed forms are used to determine the amount of Impact Aid funds
each school district will receive.
The Impact Aid Program is designed to directly compensate local
school districts for: (1) local revenue lost due to the presence of
federally owned, and therefore tax-exempt, property and (2) cost
incurred due to “federally connected” students, such as the children
of armed services personnel working at a nearby military base.
Unlike most other forms of educational assistance, impact aid
disburses roughly $1.3 billion annually in unrestricted federal
funds directly to local school districts rather than through state
Established in 1950, the Impact Aid Program is a major general aid
source for more than 1,300 school districts nationwide, or 9.8
percent of all districts.
For some school districts, Impact Aid supplies as much as 75 percent
of the local education operating budget.
Who should turn in Impact Aid Surveys to the school? Parents and
guardians of children of military and Department of Defense
civilians need to turn in the surveys to their school.
Why is my survey important? The amount of funds the school district
receives is based on the number of Impact Aid Surveys returned.
Parents and guardians are urged to complete and turn in their
Any questions can be directed to the school district offices or for
questions in the Fort McCoy community call Becky Walley, Fort McCoy
School Liaison Officer, at 608-388-6814.
(Submitted by Fort McCoy Child, Youth & School Services.)