Voters in the Bonduel School District will decide August 1 the fate of a $2.7 million referendum for operational costs. Local 5’s Kris Schuller spoke with members of a citizens group determined to see the special referendum pass.
In Bonduel – signs urging support for a $2.7 million school referendum. Signs place by concerned citizens, members of the Bonduel Area Action Committee.
“Our initial mission is to try to encourage a yes vote on this second go around to support the schools and the community,” said Julie Felhofer of the BAAC.
“We need to continue the quality education it provides currently – and yes that costs money,” added Shawn Thorne, another group member.
In April voters turned down a three year, $3 million referendum. Its impact would have been $180 per year on $100,000 of property value.
“The majority of people thought it was going to pass and didn’t feel a need to come out and vote,” said Thorne.
Facing the reality that without additional funding cuts would need to be made in transportation, staff and programming, the school board approved a second referendum vote for August 1. This time it is for $2.7 million over three years – costing property owners on average $160 per year.
“It’s important for our kids and the future of our community,” said Bonduel School District Superintendent Patrick Rau.
Rau says the money will be used for general operational expenses, which have been reduced by roughly $300,000 already since the first vote in April.
“Primarily those funds will help us keep teachers in our classroom which is the biggest factor to our student’s success,” Rau said.
Rau says a yes vote next week ensures the district can do it’s job.
“I’m hopeful the referendum will pass,” Rau said.
“We do need to support our school, keep it moving forward,” added Thorne.
“We’re hoping this go around more people will take the initiative and get out and vote,” Felhofer said.