Administrator's Monthly Update

Peggy Larson

A message from Peggy Larson
District Administrator

The Road Ahead: Community Growth Projections and School Facilities Study Update

As shared in my July 2018 Winneconne News article, the Board of Education approved an enrollment projection study and a facilities study. The Board selected Plunkett Rayish Architectural (PRA) firm for the long-range facilities study. It selected MDRoffers, a consulting firm, to complete the population study. Miron Construction is assisting with providing any estimates for work needed. Both studies are underway. The updated information will serve as a roadmap for a facilities vision for the next 15 plus years.

On September 12, 2018, PRA and Miron construction walked through all of our buildings, including Winchester Elementary School. To assist them, they brought Muermann Engineering to review Electrical and Plumbing work and Fredrickson Engineering to analyze Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. PRA will provide us with a conditions analysis of all of our buildings based on this work.

On October 1, 2018, PRA met each building principal, Mr. Bob Ronk (board member), and me to get input on our visions for the future of our buildings. As we continue to grow, more space and best use of current spaces were a hot topics at these meetings. It should be noted that we have 1485 resident students attending WCSD (ELEM 673, MS 333, HS 479). We also have have 226 open enrollment students in and 76 open enrollment students out. Open enrollment students are students who are not residents of the district, but elect to attend WCSD or in the case of open enrollment out, attend elsewhere. Total number of students attending WCSD is 1711. Last year, the total number of students attending WCSD was 1672.

The Board and the administrative team expect the first phase of results in early December. We will continue to keep you informed on the progress of these studies. It should be interesting. Stay tuned!

Our Chapter Two/The Road Ahead will provide a glimpse into what the next 15 - 20 years could look like for WCSD.

The members of Board of Education and I are committed to keeping the community informed about the District’s progress and all decisions impacting our schools. If you have any questions, please contact me at (920) 582-5802 ext. 3141 or larsonm@w-csd.org.

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