Southern Door County School District Holds Open House Referendum

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The Southern Door School District held a referendum open house Thursday night for community members to learn more about two proposed referendums on the November 6th ballot.

Question one is asking voters to authorize the district to borrow $6,270,000 for three main purposes.

The first is “making sure that our educational settings are modernized for today’s education,” says Superintendent Patti Vickman. “The second one is repairing any infrastructure needs that we have, and the third one is insuring safety and security.”

The proposed plan includes:

  • A secure entrance and new office addition
  • Renovating Elementary & Middle School open-concept classrooms to include walls and doors
  • Security door replacements
  • Updates for restrooms and entrances for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance
  • High School cafeteria/commons renovation and expansion
  • Replacement of five district school buses
  • Renovating Middle & High School technical education areas
  • Repairing exterior building facade
  • High school parking lot replacement with installation of lighting
  • Elementary & Middle School playground resurfacing

Question two is asking voters to authorize the district to be able to exceed their revenue limit by $450,000 for the 2019-2020 school year. (Due to a previously failed operational referendum, the Southern Door County School District is 1 of just 7 districts in Wisconsin that must seek voter approval to secure the same per pupil funding as the rest of the 421 districts in the state)

“We know that that’s what our shortfall is going to be,” Vickman says, “and of course that money is used for buses, transportation, custodial needs, curriculum, salaries, all of the things that come under operations.”

Vickman estimates if it passes, it would have an average tax impact of approximately $60 per household.

After the presentation, some attendees took tours of the school building to see areas the district hopes to upgrade.

If you missed Thursday’s open house referendum, the school district will have another one on Monday, October 22nd, at 6 p.m.

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