Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Referendum Letter Home

Following is some reference information regarding the referendum question that will be on the ballot on April 5, 2016.  I wanted to be certain our parents and taxpayers have access to legitimate information.  I also invite anyone interested to attend one of the informational sessions listed below to ask additional questions or for more information.   Thank you for your continued support of our schools!

Referendum April 5, 2016 “Quick Facts”
·         Question asks voters to approve $900,000.00 per year for FIVE (5) years beginning in 2017-2018 and ending in 2021-2022.  This replaces the current $790,000.00 which sunsets at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
·         Tax impact is negligible- current estimates predict a TOTAL increase in taxes on $150,000.00 home of $7.65 over the next 6 years.
     Year of
Mill Rate
Tax Impact on

  Year to Year
*Proposed referendum
This chart assumes property valuation  and student population remain constant

·         What will we do with the money?
o    Maintain current programs and staffing levels
o    Renovate the following (largely untouched since the mid-1950s):
§  HS Band Room
§  HS Choir Room
§  HS Agriculture Ed Area
§  HS Tech Ed Area
§  HS Art Room
§  MS Tech Ed Area
§  Multiple Restrooms at Various Facilities
§  Parking Lot/ Driveway Paving Throughout the District
§  Misc. Other Projects as They May Arise
·         For More Information, Please attend one of the following sessions:
o    Tuesday, March 1st: Ridgeland-Dallas Elementary: 7pm
o    Tuesday, March 8th: Almena Elementary: 7pm
o    Tuesday, March 29th: BHS Commons: 7pm

Please contact me at any time with questions.

Craig G. Broeren

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Some Information- $1 Million Donation? What is That For?

Welcome to spring?  After the fairly mild winter (at least through the holidays) we have apparently been dealt a “wake up call” from mother nature- a blizzard followed by sub-zero temperatures again; as they say “it is Wisconsin.”  And since we are on the topic of weather I wanted to reiterate my apologies for the wait to decide on the most recent school closure.  Many of us were fairly certain that the two hour delay would have been adequate to allow us to get kids to school safely; we eventually found out that this wasn’t the case.  In most instances I prefer making the call to close early enough to allow parents enough time to develop a plan however sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate.  I fully understand the hardship of making plan changes on a moment’s notice and will continue to communicate with families as early as possible.

On another note, I am certain most folks are aware of the planned referendum question that will be posed to voters during the April election.  I wanted to remind our residents of a few items: 1) The new referendum is for $900,000 per year for five years and replaces the current referendum for $790,000.  2) We plan to continue renovation of various rooms the HS and MS which have been largely untouched since the mid-1950s and 3) The tax impact over the five years of the new referendum is very minimal at a net impact of $7.65 TOTAL (not per year) on a $150,000 home.  This information and much more will be shared with interested community members at three informational sessions throughout the district as follows:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at Ridgeland- Dallas Elementary 7:00pm
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Almena Elementary 7:00pm
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Barron High School Commons 7:00pm
Lastly I wanted to take the time to again clarify what the recent donation of $1 million to the district entails.  The donor of the money has entered into an agreement with the district indicating that the money must be invested as dictated by a board of directors and that the interest is to be used to fund the development of a new mentoring program district-wide.  In short, the district does NOT have the ability to spend ANY of the original $1 million donation and the interest generated can ONLY be used for this mentoring program.  Therefore, the need for additional dollars from taxpayers through this new referendum remains necessary if we are to continue to update our facilities and maintain our current programs and staffing.

As always, please feel free to contact me at any time. 

Craig G. Broeren
District Administrator
715-537-5612 ext. 402