The Luxemburg-Casco School District is asking voters to approve millions of dollars in improvements to facilities that administrators say are long overdue. Local 5’s Kris Schuller reports the money would go toward a variety of projects – aimed at preparing the district for the future.
In the technical education wing of Luxemburg-Casco High School – lots of equipment 70 years old. Kyle Novak says that makes it hard to teach students the metal fabrication skills needed in the 21st century.
“We feel we need to have equipment representative of what they’d be seeing in the job and industry today,” said Novak who teaches the program.
But old grinders and lathes are just some of the issues that Superintendent Glenn Schlender hopes will be addressed in two referendum questions which together carry a $27 million price tag.
“We’re getting our academic house in order and there is very evident need to get our facilities house in order,” Schlender said.
Question one is for $16 million to build a new gym, create a secure main entrance and update consumer, science and technology education space. Projects that taxpayers we spoke with support.
“I think the school does need to be updated and agree there are a lot of old things at the high school,” said Kay Detampel of Kewaunee County.
“We want to keep up with technology, it’s very important today,” said Marylin Rank of Luxemburg.
Question two is for $11 million to move students from the middle school in Casco into a new addition planned for the high school which will improve opportunities and student achievement.
“They can take advantage of facilities like an auditorium that they don’t have in Casco, they’d be getting new science classrooms,” Schlender said.
“I’m not too sure about the second option, whether we should go with that much money all together at once,” Detampel added.
The annual impact to property owners for both questions would be $77 dollars on a $100,000 home.
“The needs are real and I think people recognize that,” said the superintendent.
And on April 3 Schlender will learn if he’s correct and if these old relics can finally be replaced.
There are roughly 1,900 students in the Luxemburg-Casco School District.