THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Open House For School Referendum
Issue Date: March 29, 2018
With two referendum questions on the ballot next week, the Coleman School District held a Referendum Open House on Tuesday, March 27. All community members were invited to learn about the proposed referendum plans. District Administrator, Doug Polomis detailed the two questions that residents will see on the ballot. The first question totals $10,850,000 and includes improvements and upgrades to the District's existing school facility including building infrastructure, secure entrances, energy efficiency improvements, cafeteria upgrades and improvements to the Elementary School classrooms and gymnasium. The second question totals $2,980,000 and includes improvements to the High School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture/Art and Math) curriculum. The community was able to ask questions and tour the building.
Both questions are on the April 3 ballot after the District spent over a year evaluating existing facilities and assessing options. The process was driven by the Coleman Facilities Committee (CFC) a group composed of more than 20 volunteer community members. Additional community feedback was gathered through a district-wide survey. The referendum plan was formed based on community priorities indicated in the survey results.
The District has not pursued a referendum since 1999 and this year, the District will make the final payment on that loan. This creates a window of opportunity for the District to reinvest in their building with minimal tax increase over current levels.
The District is encouraging all residents to gather information to make an informed decision at the polls. Information on the proposed plan can be found on the District's website: coleman.k12.wi.us/referendum or by calling the District at 920.897.4011.