Referendum

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The vote totals are:

  • Question #1- 1,957 yes; 1,493 no
  • Question #2- 1,809 yes; 1,632 no

Watch our website as we keep you informed about the design, remodeling and building process.


 

We, the East Troy Community School District would like to begin by thanking you for your engagement with the school district over the last several years that ultimately lead to the approval of the referendum questions on April 7th. 

In other districts, you may hear of “winning” or “losing” a referendum.  We do not like to think of it that way.  Instead, we believe that the board, in considering the facility challenges of the district, presented the community with an option that the majority of the voters could support at this given time.  As in other districts, it took some time for this process to develop, and we are grateful not only to the community members for being engaged and weighing in with thoughts and ideas but also to the school board members for their desire to do the very hard work of creating facility options to present to the community.

The facilities that will come as a result of this referendum will have a very long-term and positive impact on the school district and the community.  Because of the referendum, our students will have facilities that foster and support their learning rather than restrict them.  Our buildings will address safety even further and will reflect the strong tradition of excellence in our district, but also continue to improve upon this tradition.  Most of all, because of the thorough, engaging process used by the board, the facilities will truly be for and by the community that will assist our district toward meeting our district goals.

Nevertheless, no referendum passes with unanimous support, and we are mindful that although a majority of voters supported this option, others expressed reasons for their "no" vote.  While the board and district worked hard to make the impact of the facilities as small as possible, the passage of both questions means that there will be an additional tax impact of $1.33 per month on property with fair market value of $100,000. 

Whether you voted for or against the referendum, we want to echo the members of the school board in their assurances that we will continue seeking ways to make the most of every single dollar that is invested in this school district and to ensure good value to taxpayers.

While the referendum project is now complete, the next phase of this project is just beginning.  Just as the board sought to ensure all community members were informed prior to the referendum, the district will work to ensure that all community members are informed as the facilities projects move forward.

With that, we would like to finish how we started, by thanking you for being engaged in the East Troy Community Schools.  Thank you for continuing to assist the East Troy Community School District with becoming the “district of choice.”

Letter from Dr. Hibner

Background

The last major investment was over 15 years ago - December 1997 referendum.

School Year Built Age Additions/Renovations
Chester Byrnes Elementary 1939 75 1951, 1987
Leona Doubek Elementary 1951 63 1954, 1969
Prairie View Elementary 1999 15  
East Troy Middle School 1970 44 1993
East Troy High School 1958 56 1964, 1970, 1985, 1999

 

There have been numerous committees, studies, community surveys, referenda, school board workshops and listening session over the past 6 years.  

  • 2009- Facilities study of all buildings
  • 2010- Facilities committee
  • 2011- Community survey #1
  • 2012- Ad-Hoc Facilities committee
  • Nov 2012- Unsuccessful referendum
  • April 2013- Unsuccessful referendum
  • June 2014- Community survey #2
  • Nov 2014- Unsuccessful referendum

yes April 2015- Successful referendum 

In 2012, the school board assembled an Ad Hoc Facilities Committee to assess the district’s needs and creating a master facilities plan. In total, the master facilities plan called for approximately $41 million in needs. The categories of importance that the committee wanted to address were as follows: efficiency, community relations, safety and security, long-term vision, fiscal responsibility, 21st-Century learning spaces and practices, and space for art programs. 

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As East Troy Community School District continued to work towards providing a personalized learning environment that met the needs of each learner and learning style, we realized that our methods, practices, beliefs, curriculum, and programming must evolve. While the District has done an outstanding job of maintaining its facilities, we recognized the importance of adapting our facilities to current and future educational needs that would assist us with providing this learning environment, demonstrating fiscal responsibility through efficiency and cost avoidance, and continuing to represent the importance of education to families both within and outside of our community.

The East Troy Community School Board wrestled with the various options for addressing the district’s significant facility needs.  The board’s engagement of the community included surveys, listening and information sessions, and conversations with hundreds of residents.  Throughout this process, community members were clear that any referendum must have little or no additional tax impact.  

After years of planning, hundreds of hours of dialogue, and dozens of drafts, the board unanimously came together around a plan that addressed the concerns we have heard, moves the district forward, and has little or no additional tax impact.

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