Why is the Oshkosh Recreation Department under the governance of the Oshkosh Area School District?

The ORD was established in 1916 under the school district and has retained this system of governance ever since. This model is advantageous to our participants as our residency eligibility expands beyond the city limits and includes all residents of the school district boundaries. Further, the majority of facilities used for programs are in our schools thus preventing any additional costs to participants for program use. The tax base to support the program is also expanded to include property owners of the entire school district and not just the City of Oshkosh.