Voters in the West De Pere School District are being asked to support two building referendums aimed at creating much needed space. The expansion plans are being driven by growing enrollment numbers.
In the West De Pere School District, the student body keeps growing, as more families enroll their kids in the district’s schools.
“People are wanting to build in Lawrence, West De Pere, Hobart and that creates a pleasant situation for us,” said Superintendent John Zegers of the West De Pere School District.
But Zegers says success is also creating problems. Specifically, a lack of space to handle enrollment projections over the next 13 years.
“We’re at about 3,500 right now and they expect to go to at least 4,500 in 2030,” said Zegers.
But the district has a plan. In November they’ll ask voters to approve $65 million in construction to build a $35 million intermediate school for grades 5-6, renovate most existing schools and initiate a grade reconfiguration.
“Our two elementary schools would be K-4, we’ll have 5-6 intermediate school right next to our present middle school, which we would turn into a 7-8, said Zegers.
Also, on the ballot a request for $10 million for an indoor multipurpose addition at the high school and improvements to the school’s stadium. But should question one fail and question two pass – the project won’t go forward.
“We could maybe use that multipurpose center for a variety of things,” Zegers said.
Based on $100,000 of property value – passage of both questions would cost taxpayers $55 more per year. Money that Zegers says will not be used foolishly.
“It’s just what we need, not what we want,” he said. “We have decreased our levy over 7 of our last 8 years, so this is a time now to ask the taxpayers for a little bit back. Allow us to continue the quality we have here in West De Pere.”
Follow this link, http://www.wdpsd.com/about/referendum-2018 for more information about the referendum.