In 1965 Wisconsin legislature approved replacing the traditional County Superintendent Office with 19 CESAs. The CESAs were created when legislature recognized the need for a service unit designated to serve educational needs in all areas of Wisconsin by serving as a link between school districts and the state. Effective in July of 1984, legislation reorganized the 19 CESAs into 12 authorized under Section 116.01 of the Wisconsin State Statutes.
CESA #3 located in Fennimore, WI supports the 31 school districts in six Southwest Wisconsin counties (Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland,and Sauk) with its 42 employees. This support is based solely on the needs of the local districts.
Funding for the programs are determined through cooperative sharing with member school districts and from categorical funding for special education and grants obtained by CESA personnel from State, Federal, and private endowments. The state provides each CESA with $25,000 to defray agency administrative costs.
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