Last year at this exact same time I wrote in the newsletter about what our residents and taxpayers were promised when our last referendum for $790,000 was passed. It seems appropriate to share with you some additional statistics regarding this, particularly in the light of our upcoming referendum on April 5th, 2016. After doing some digging, I tracked down the following letter/ flyer from the last referendum question posed in August of 2012:
As you can see from the bullet points above, there were 15 items to be addressed over the 5 year period of the referendum for $790,000 that was approved by voters in August of 2012. I can confidently report that our district has completed or are in the process of completing 13 of the 15 items indicated. The only two items that have not been taken care of are 1) the construction of an area to shade/ protect the buses and 2) the replacement of the wood boiler. Discussion and possible action on these two remaining items will be addressed at a later time as we direct our attention to more pressing needs in the coming years. The boiler in particular was evaluated very recently and the report we received was that it was in good condition; there are still some ongoing conversations regarding adding an additional gas boiler to our plant because gas is quite cheap currently and the two gas boilers we have cannot keep up with demand on the coldest days in the winter. We hope that at some point in the future we will have the wood boiler and gas boilers as options to heat facilities allowing us to use whatever approach is the most cost effective. It is worth pointing out that we do NOT intend to address the boiler through this new $900,000 referendum at this time due to the fact that there are other far more pressing needs that will have a direct impact on educating our kids. As a reminder, if the referendum is approved on April 5th, 2016 we plan to address HS Band, HS Choir, HS Ag. Ed., HS Tech. Ed., HS Art, and MS Tech. Ed. in addition to other miscellaneous projects as described earlier. I hope that the above information reassures our taxpayers and residents that we intend to follow through on what we say we are going to do now and into the future.
As always, please feel free to contact me at any time.
Craig G. Broeren
715-537-5612 ext. 402