Pictured left to right: Michele Green, WEMTA President; Richard Sneider, BCPL Chief Investment Officer; Micki Uppena, WEMTA Vice-President; Tom German, BCPL Deputy Secretary; Sarah Godlewski, State Treasurer and BCPL Board Chair; Jonathan Barry, BCPL Executive Secretary; Carolyn Stanford Taylor, State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Kurt Kiefer, Assistant State Superintendent; and Heidi Catlin, WEMTA Past-President.
Common School Fund Distribution History
The Common School Fund was established by Wisconsin's founders in Article 10 of the State Constitution as a permanent school trust fund. By investing in community projects throughout the state through the State Trust Fund Loan Program, the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands generates earnings for the Common School Fund that are distributed annually to public school libraries. These monies are the sole source of state funding for public school libraries. For many school districts this is the only money available to them for library materials including books, newspapers and periodicals, web-based resources, and computer hardware and software.