August 26, 2020
At its August 24 meeting, the Wisconsin Heights Board of Education approved one referendum question for the November 3 ballot.
The question calls for building an elementary addition at the current middle/high school site and consolidating the elementary schools into a new addition. This was the option most favored by the community in a spring 2020 survey. With a new elementary addition, all district operations would be consolidated into a single campus to maximize efficiency and cost savings. It also includes replacing outdated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems at the middle and high school. The cost of all projects is $27 million.
Please read more about the referendum proposal at November 3 Referendum Information.
Update June 2, 2020
The Wisconsin Heights School District is committed to providing an exceptional education for all our students. An important part of providing a great education is maintaining safe and efficient school buildings that are appropriate for educating today’s learners.
What is the need?
A significant investment is needed to address aging infrastructure and code compliance issues in all of our schools. We also need to improve operational efficiencies by better utilizing our staff and resources. The Board of Education is developing a facilities plan that addresses the facilities needs, the educational needs of our students, and the priorities of our taxpayers.
What planning has occurred?
The Board of Education has been involved in long-term facilities planning for the last 3 years. They completed a district-wide facilities study. The Board is working with Performance Services, Inc to provide possible solutions and costing for each. The Board of Education and administrative team are carefully considering three building options:
- Update the existing elementary schools.
- Become a one-campus district.
- Update the Middle/High School.
Additionally, the district completed a UW Madison Population Lab Enrollment Study. That study indicated slow growth. A Future Search process identified the community’s priorities, including facilities.
To further understand the community’s priorities, a community-wide survey was conducted in Spring 2020.
The survey results indicated that 56% of residents support developing an elementary, middle, high school campus; 17% of residents support updating the two elementary schools; and 27% of residents are undecided/need more information. There was mixed support for additional funding to renovate the middle and high school, and adding a weight room and an auditorium.
While various options are under consideration, no decisions have been made. The Board is committed to using the survey results as one piece of information as it continues to formulate a long-term facilities plan.
- Board of Education workshop
- Discuss survey results and determine future planning processes.
- June 10 & 16 – Virtual Community Conversations, Executive Summary of Community Conversations
- Board of Education workshops
- Working with Performance Services, continue to gather information about potential facilities plans and further consider community input
- Communicate updated facilities plan
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