Referendum 2014

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Ted Zess, president of the East Troy Community School Board, released the following letter after the announcement of yesterday’s election results.  [FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE]

As East Troy Community School District continues to work toward providing a personalized learning environment that meets the needs of each learner and learning style, we realize that our methods, practices, beliefs, curriculum, and programming must evolve. We, therefore, recognize the importance of adapting our facilities to current and future educational needs that will 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.

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Background

In 2012, the school board assembled an Ad Hoc Facilities Committee charged with assessing the district’s needs and creating a master facilities plan. In total, the master facilities plan calls for approximately $41 million in needs (dependent upon the substance of any line item). Please note, the Board of Education understands the challenge of addressing these needs while also demonstrating fiscal responsibility to our taxpayers. However, board and district leaders feel that ignoring these issues would be irresponsible to our children, current learning environments, professional staff, taxpayers and the future of our district and community.  

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. 

While the District has done an outstanding job of maintaining its facilities, the age of some of our school facilities and the need to update our learning spaces mean that these facilities must undergo renovation for the district to function effectively from an efficiency and effectiveness perspective.  The question is not whether these needs should be addressed, but rather the order in which this needs to be done.