School Board targets referendum date

Board eyes November 2016 for middle school facilities referendum

A special meeting of the School District of Sheboygan Falls Board of Education Facilities Committee of the Whole was held Monday, Oct. 12, to discuss the feedback gathered during the district’s Oct. 6 Community Conversations sessions

The district hosted three separate Community Conversations throughout the day on Oct. 6 that focused on the topic of school facilities in general.

The members of the board’s Public Relations Committee shared that the people who attended the October Community Conversations appreciated the district’s attention to ongoing and preventive maintenance.

School Board member Victoria Bramstedt and District Administrator Jean Born acknowledged that while discussions about the aging middle school were not the only topics at the Community Conversation sessions, several community members did ask when the School Board would be proposing another solution to address the ongoing facility needs at this building.

At the committee meeting, Bramstedt asked all board members to affirm the board’s overall vision for facilities, discuss a possible target date for a facilities referendum and to talk about how to gather future input into potential solutions to the middle school and other district wide facility needs.

While no decisions were made at the Oct. 12 meeting, board members unanimously agreed that November 2016 is an appropriate target date for a possible facilities referendum.

Working back from that date, the board recognized that final decisions on any proposed plan will be required by August 2016.

To prepare for that milestone, the board agreed to re-examine a variety of potential facilities solutions for the middle school and to review the 10-year capital replacement plan.

Facilities Committee meetings of the board will be scheduled between November 2015 and January 2016 for these purposes.

The board further concurred that establishing a Facility Advisory Committee consisting of volunteer district residents would provide meaningful input on potential solutions that the board is seriously evaluating.

If established, a Facility Advisory Committee would likely work from January to April 2016.

The Public Relations Committee will outline a framework for the Facility Advisory Committee and how to gather community involvement at a future board meeting.

As part of the discussions about communicating about facilities needs, the Public Relations Committee asked the district administration to provide an update about facilities for the public and to provide an updated facilities page on the district’s current website.

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