At the June 14 Board of Education Committee of the Whole meeting, the Board voted to approve the 10 year comprehensive facilities needs plan and proceed with a referendum vote to be on the November 8, 2016 ballot.
The Sheboygan Area School District will be asking our community to invest up to $29 million by supporting a referendum to update our facilities representing only a $4 tax increase for each $100,000 of a home’s value.
In April, the Sheboygan Area School District surveyed the community to gather feedback on identified facility needs in the District’s schools. The goal of the survey was to provide direction to the Board of Education on whether or not now is the right time to consider a capital referendum, a request the District has not made in more than 10 years.
More than 3,200 residents responded to the survey and voiced strong support for the proposed $29 million referendum. Over 70% of respondents said they would definitely or probably support the comprehensive facilities plan. The funds would be used to improve safety and security in District schools, update aging infrastructure and improve educational spaces throughout the District.
“We are most appreciative of our residents that took the time to complete the survey,” shares Superintendent Dr. Joseph Sheehan. “Our plan was to do what the community wants and this data shows that the community believes now is the time to invest in our schools.”
Over the last year, the Sheboygan Area School District administration has reviewed building needs district-wide through site visits and discussions with principals and custodians. Once the complete list had been compiled, a set of criteria was used to prioritize the needs.
Projects shared on the survey included replacing 30-year-old temporary classrooms at Wilson, Cleveland and Lincoln-Erdman Elementary Schools, building a gym at Wilson Elementary and adding classrooms and small group instruction space at Pigeon River, Sheridan and James Madison Elementary Schools.
All of the findings from the community survey were presented at the May 24th School Board meeting and are also available here: Community Survey Results