August 3, 2019 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend School District Private Task Force (WBSDTF) continues its work and is on schedule to report findings to the school board in October of this year.
The Task Force was formed in the wake of a failed referendum in April of 2019. The goal of the referendum was the construction of a new K-4 elementary school in Jackson and safety and infrastructure enhancements at the high schools.
“We have formed sub-committees who are focusing on the key areas we identified during our tours and discussions with staff.” stated task force organizer and City of West Bend Mayor Kraig Sadownikow. “Elementary School Deployment, priorities at the High Schools and Operational Efficiencies are the sub-committee topics”, he said.
The Task Force added research of Decorah and Fair Park Elementary Schools to its original tours of Jackson Elementary and the High Schools. The group has been reviewing forecasted maintenance and capital improvement needs at the facilities, studying projected enrollment data and comparing new information to the District’s 25-year plan which was compiled almost 10 years ago.
“We are looking to see if the input data used for the 25-year plan is still valid and accurate. We want to make sure our findings use the most current information available,” said Task Force member Chris Schmidt.
The Task Force is comprised of district taxpayers, many of whom did not know one another prior to their service. Local columnist and Task Force member Owen Robinson recognized, “It has been an uplifting experience to witness a group of people from different backgrounds and with diverse perspectives work so hard and well together. Our shared goal is to ensure the WBSD provides an exceptional education for our kids and those kids who follow. This drives our purpose.”
WBDSPTF members are Kevin Steiner, Tim Schmidt, Kraig Sadownikow, Randy Stark, Ed Duquaine, Dan Garvey, Mike Chevalier, Owen Robinson, Chris Kleman, Chris Schmidt and the education team from Zimmerman Design Studios. Members were chosen based on their design, construction, facilities management and communication expertise.
For additional information on the West Bend School District Private Task Force contact Kraig Sadownikow at www.teamacs.net.