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Letter to the Editor | $85 million referendum will not improve student performance | By Valery Brussat

Nov. 16, 2018 – West Bend, WI – Did you receive, or do you give money for a good report card?
The West Bend School District will be asking for a $50 million school referendum ($85 million in real dollars when you add interest) to build a new elementary school in Jackson, remodel the high schools’ cafeteria, expand the weight room, fitness center and locker rooms, as well as improve safety and security.
This referendum is on top of the current $130 million referendum debt.
It has been proven time and time again that once the basic safety and space needs for school buildings are met, spending more on buildings does not result in better education.
With a declining enrollment, WBSD has more than adequate space, and monies received from a grant from the State of WI in the amount of $190,741 were awarded to WBSD on 9/26/2018 for school safety and security.

The WI State Report Card for Badger Middle School shows an overall score of 74.9%, while Slinger Middle School scored 83.6%, even after a Badger Middle School $27 million renovation in 2011.

Overall, the West Bend School District is at the bottom of all the WI State Report Card grades in Washington County.

The numbers say it all:

Slinger                                    87.1

Kettle Moraine Lutheran         84.9

Kewaskum & Richfield           81.8

Hartford                                  80.6

Germantown                          79.0

West Bend                              75.4

Given this week’s WI State Report Card scores, I believe it would be more prudent to look at spending money on curriculum to improve students’ performance and success than asking taxpayers for money for bricks and mortar.
Please join me on Monday, November 26 at 5:15 p.m. at the WBSD Office, 735 S. Main Street, West Bend as the School Board discusses this very important issue affecting everyone in West Bend.
Valery Brussat

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