Starting in 2019 poling places will no longer be inside Neenah Public Schools. This according to a news release from the school district.
Currently Neenah Schools house six polling locations inside Neenah and one in the Village of Fox Crossing. The decision will not impact upcoming elections this August 14th and November 6th. In fact, the school boars plans to adjust the school calendar for next school year so that November 6th is a non-instructional day and no students will be in the buildings.
Neenah Superintendent Mary Pfeifer said, “We value our partnership with local governments… but voting has become a student safety issue in this current climate.”
The Neenah news release says the District joins Green Bay, Appleton, Wauwatosa and Oak Creek as cities that recently stopped using schools for polling places for elections.
The District is hopeful that since there are ten months to plan what to do for the first election in 2019 that local election officials can find fire stations, churches or other facilities and communicate their locations well ahead of any voting.
Pfeiffer said the District explored holding in service days for teachers and staff on election days, but making those constant changes to the school calendar and forcing parents to adjust that much was simply too challenging.
Of Neenah’s school voting locations, only Shattuck Middle School has an entrance that requires visitors to pass through an office area. In the other schools voters simply walk in doors and proceed down hallways to rooms or gymnasiums where they vote. The District said the change will “have significant positive impact on school safety.”