ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WFRV) Taxpayers in the Ashwaubenon and Howard-Suamico school districts must decide if they want to upgrade their community's schools - funded through referendums seeking $33 million. Those behind these projects say they will improve their schools and their communities and the multi-million dollars questions head to voters April 1.
Inside Ashwaubenon High School students take to the water for physical education class.
However, after 48 years of service, village officials say this 5-lane pool is too small and too expensive to keep in service.
"People come in and say it doesn't look like it's falling apart to me," said Mike Aubinger, village president of Ashwaubenon. "And I say it's what's underneath the tiles that are falling apart."
Underneath the pool - original pumps that have been rebuilt and fiberglass pool filters 25-years old.
"The pool filters are going to be about $35,000 dollars to replace," said Tom Schmitt, maintenance coordinator for Ashwaubenon High School.
Schmitt says the pool has reached the point of diminishing returns.
"We've been able to keep it up -keep it going - but we are getting to the point where it's going to costs a lot of money just to keep it operating," said Schmitt.
The Village of Ashwaubenon will ask voters this April, if they support replacing the pool, the school's 48-year old auditorium, and a 45-year old community center at a cost of $20 million.
School district Superintendent Brian Hanes says the decision to go to referendum was based off a community-wide survey.
"That survey indicated nearly 62 percent support each of the projects," Hanes said.
Village President Mike Aubinger says since all these facilities serve Ashwaubenon taxpayers it made sense the village would host the referendum.
"One of the big reasons I supported going together - is because this will save the taxpayers a bundle of money," said the village president.
If you missed the first two parts of our special report ... it's only a click away .on Wearegreenbay.com. There you can also find web-extra interviews from our News at Four- and an extended interview with the superintendent of the Howard- Suamico School District.
Village of Ashwaubenon residents will be asked to vote on a $20 million referendum and residents in Howard-Suamico will be asked to approve a $13.5 million referendum.
Today, on Local 5 News at 4:00 p.m., Rex Mehlberg, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department for the Village of Ashwaubenon, went into detail about the Spring referendum.
Part 3 of our Special Report: You Paid For It: School Buildings airs this evening on Local 5 News at 10:00 p.m.
To see Part 1 and Part 2 click, http://www.wearegreenbay.com/1fulltext-news/d/story/special-report-you-paid-for-it-school-buildings/36563/Cm2mEG3zZU6pXfbWbzZSJg and http://www.wearegreenbay.com/1fulltext-news/d/story/special-report-you-paid-for-it-school-buildings/19867/tGpBJCo-dUaMM2xcY-Y1pw