District Administrator - Peggy Larson
Every two weeks I meet with Miron Construction and various other subcontractors to discuss the progress on our building projects. With our relatively mild winter and hopefully nice spring, the projects are really moving forward. Hopefully, you have seen the auditorium structure. The expansive walls show the size of the building which includes what is called a full fly. A fly system, or theatrical rigging system is a system of lines (e.g., ropes), blocks (pulleys), counterweights and related devices within a theater that enables a stage crew to quickly, quietly and safely fly (hoist) components such as curtains, lights, scenery, stage effects and, sometimes people. The projected date for completion of the auditorium is December 2017. The STEAM addition and flexible classroom space are also moving right along. It is so amazing to see everything coming together. The STEAM remodel (inside our high school building) will begin as soon as students are dismissed for summer break. STEAM teachers are getting ready to clear their space for a brand new area. Needless to say, everyone is excited. The STEAM addition and remodeled areas will be ready to go by the first day of school, September 4.
***I find it necessary to always remind our taxpayers that in 2017-18 the operational portion of the referendum will kick in. The operational dollars pay for items such as, heating, cooling, cleaning, water, insurance, technology, and staffing in the STEAM area and auditorium.
A reminder about the Governor’s proposed budget...the two year budget bill proposes no change to the revenue limit amount allowed per pupil. However, the bill does propose an increase in the categorical aid per pupil payment; it would rise from $250 this year to $450 in 2017-18 and $654 in the 2018-19 school year. In the form of dollars for WCSD this means $683,100 in 2017-18 and $992,772 in 2018-19. Although, this proposal does not balance our budget, it does significantly help our deficit ($775,000 is our current deficit, $1,196,000 projected deficit in 2017-18, and $1,564,113 projected deficit in 2018-19 - more info can be found on our website). In addition, the Governor’s proposal does not impact the taxpayer as it is in the form of categorical aid. In other words, in 2019-20, these dollars may go away as they are not built into our revenue limit. Overall, the proposal is good for WCSD, and I appreciate the Governor’s efforts to assist our public schools.
The Governor’s proposal is far from being approved. The next step is for the budget to move through the legislature. On Friday, April 7, 2017, 10:00am at Berlin High School, the Legislative Joint Finance Committee will be holding an open forum regarding the proposed budget. If you would like to express your opinion on the Governor’s proposed budget, please attend the forum on April 7 or contact our local representatives.
|Senator Roger Roth
Room 220 South, State Capitol
Madison, WI 53707
|Rep. David Murphy
Room 318 North, State Capitol
Madison, WI 53708
The school board and I are committed to keeping the community informed about the District. If you ever have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at (920) 582-5802 ext. 3141.
***Since these projects will be with us for more than 5 years, it is likely we will have to come back to the community to ask to renew this operational referendum in 2021-2022 school year. The Board could have chosen to extend for more than 5 years, however, we are hopeful that there will be some changes in how K-12 public education is funded. So, not knowing what the future holds as far as funding, we decided to go with a five year operational referendum knowing it is likely we will have to renew this with our public.