3/31/2020 Press Release

For Immediate Release
March 31, 2020

Contact: Jordan Sinz, District Administrator
608-767-2595

School District Continues to Monitor Pandemic While Looking Ahead at Needed Facility Updates

District Residents Asked to Provide Feedback

Despite schools not operating in the traditional fashion as a result of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, District officials are continuing to work on developing a plan to address the District’s facility needs. For the past two years, the District has been assessing and evaluating facility options to address the needs of the elementary schools. Both of the schools need a significant investment to update aging building systems (heating, electrical, plumbing, etc.), address building maintenance issues, and improve the instructional and support areas.

“While we are undoubtedly in a time of uncertainty, we do know that our schools always have, and will continue to, play a critical role in our community. Therefore, we are continuing the planning process, while keeping the pandemic and the impact it will have on our families and community in the forefront of our decision making,” shares district administrator Jordan Sinz.

The District is engaging with citizens through a community-wide survey that will arrive in mailboxes of all residents in the coming week. The survey asks residents for feedback on updating the existing two elementary schools or if they would prefer moving to a one-campus District and building an elementary wing onto the existing middle/high school. In addition, residents are asked to weigh in on if now is the time to complete some needed updates in the existing middle/high school.

“We know that an investment is needed in our schools,” adds Sinz, “and how we proceed will impact our community for decades. Therefore, it is important to us to provide an opportunity for everyone to have a voice in the process. The survey allows that to happen.”

To assist with data gathering efforts, the School Board is working with School Perceptions LLC, an independent Wisconsin firm with expertise in conducting school district surveys. The District utilized the firm’s services in 2018 before asking residents to support an operating referendum.

Residents can complete the paper survey and mail it back to School Perceptions in the envelope provided or log on to the website listed on the paper survey, enter the provided access code, and take the survey online.

“We are so appreciative of the support our community has shown our schools in the past,” Sinz. “We will get through these challenging times together and with a plan that will position us well for the future.”