Small rural districts across the state will share $17.7 million in sparsity aid for general school operations, which will be paid on the third Monday in September. For the 2016-17 school year, 141 districts qualified for sparsity aid based on enrollments of 745 or fewer students and membership of less than 10 pupils per square mile of the district’s geographic area. Sparsity aid is computed on prior year membership and paid at $300 per member. Combined, the eligible school districts had pupil membership of 60,702, which is about seven percent of Wisconsin’s total public school membership for the 2015-16 school year. Because district eligibility for aid for the 2016-17 school year exceeds the aid allocation from the 2015-17 state budget, each district will receive $291.16 per student, or 97.05 percent of eligible aid. Locally, the Gibraltar Area School district will receive $165,961, Sevastopol will receive $172,367, and Washington Island will receive $22,710.