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West Bend School District to discuss facilities at Monday, Dec. 2 meeting

December 1, 2019 – On Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 the West Bend School District Committee of the Whole will meet at 5:30 p.m. to discuss facilities planning.
A couple bullet points are listed below including student transportation and looking at the configuration of the high schools.
In 2015 a policy was put in place should the configuration of the high school be addressed. In October 2019, Superintendent Don Kirkegaard said, “unless there is a change in enrollment trends, the district can expect declining enrollment for the next 8-10 years.”
Click HERE to see predicted enrollment trends, including numbers from the high schools which show a drop in enrollment from 2019 at 2,184 to 1,669 in 2028.
According to Policy 188: Should the Board decide to further consider reconfiguration of the high schools, the Board must
proceed to a non-binding referendum at the next Gubernatorial or Presidential election balloting.
The next Presidential election is Nov. 3, 2020.
West Bend School Policy on high school configuration
Below is the agenda for Monday’s meeting, Dec. 2.

Topic and Background: Administration wishes to resume the discussion surrounding our District’s current and future facilities needs as a continuation of this recent standing agenda item.

This coming Monday evening, Mr. Ross will finish sharing information on our secondary schools and auxiliary buildings. Further, he will be bringing forward summary information on our operational costs.

Additional topics will include:

  • Property values by municipality
  • Property value south of County Road NN (and) property value of the Jackson Elementary attendance area
  • Discussion of building with debt issuance versus lease-to-own through operational dollars
  • An update on student transportation and how this service is structured
  • An identification of our Board policy 188 discussing the configuration of the high school(s) and a change from the existing design

A slide presentation will share information on the above topics and help prompt questions and dialogue.


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