Rep. Weatherston Will Not Seek Re-election

By John Forester | April 10, 2018

From The Wheeler Report . . .

Rep. Tom Weatherston (AD-62) has announced he will not seek re-election. So far the following individuals announced they are not seeking re-election:

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School Referendum Results

By John Forester | April 5, 2018

From The Wheeler Report…

District Name Total Amount Type Brief Description
Adams-Friendship Area

Passed

$4,750,000.00 NR – 2018 Resolution authorizing the school district budget to exceed the revenue limit by $950,000 a year for five years for non-recurring purposes.
Alma

Passed

$925,000.00 NR – 2018 A 3-year referendum to exceed the revenue cap by $295,000 for the 18-19 school year; $295,000 for the 19-20 school year; and $335,000 for the 20-21 school year.
Alma

Passed

$25,000.00 RR – 2018 A referendum to exceed the revenue cap by an amount not to exceed $25,000 per year for the purpose of funding Fund 41 capital expenditures related to buildings and sites
Almond-Bancroft

Passed

$525,000.00 RR – 2018 To exceed revenue limits and calling a referendum to submit the revenue limit resolution to the electors
Arcadia

Passed

$4,000,000.00 Issue Debt not to exceed 4,000,000 to be used towards a new high school/middle school gymnasium, locker rooms, and weight room to go along with a 12,000,000 donation to add a joint use community center and a 1.2 million donation for an attached public library.
Beloit Turner

Failed

$26,800,000.00 Issue Debt New Construction     (2-5 Elementary School)
Addition/Renovation (FJ Turner High School)
Benton

 

$1,115,000.00 NR – 2018 BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of the School District of Benton, Lafayette and
Grant Counties, Wisconsin, to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, ……….. and by an additional $150,000 for the 2018-2019 school year, $225,000 for the 2019-20 school year, and $370,000 for the 2020-21 through 2021-2022 school years for non-recurring purposes, consisting of continuing and enhancing the programs approved in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015, which includes sustaining operating expenses with which to maintain the current level of operations.
Benton

Passed

$300,000.00 RR – 2018 BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of the School District of Benton, Lafayette and
Grant Counties, Wisconsin, to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $300,000 beginning with the 2018-2019 school year for recurring purposes,
Black Hawk

Passed

$500,000.00 Issue Debt Capital Improvement Referendum
Brillion

Passed

$5,600,000.00 Issue Debt For the purpose of paying the costs of improvements and renovations to the elementary/middle school building
Brown Deer

Passed

$25,900,000.00 Issue Debt INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $25,900,000
Cambria-Friesland

Passed

$3,200,000.00 NR – 2018 To exceed the revenue limit for non-recurring purposes to maintain academic and educational programs, technology, and address facility needs.
Chippewa Falls Area

Passed

$65,000,000.00 Issue Debt INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $65,000,000
Clayton

Passed

$3,000,000.00 NR – 2018 Budget to exceed revenue limit for four years for non-recurring purposes consisting of operational expenses.
Coleman

Passed

$10,850,000.00 Issue Debt INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $10,850,000 (Base project to upgrade security and infrastructure and cafeteria addition)
Coleman

Passed

$2,980,000.00 Issue Debt INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $2,980,000 (STEAM Renovations and Improvements)
D C Everest Area

Passed

$59,875,000.00 Issue Debt Paying the cost of a district-wide school building and improvement program.
Delavan-Darien

Failed

 

$1,500,000.00 NR – 2018 Improvements to Borg Stadium, installation of a dual turf field for soccer/football, new track and academic and vocational areas at the high school, including culinary arts and autos
Delavan-Darien

Failed

$3,000,000.00 RR – 2018 Exceed the revenue limit by $3,000,000 beginning in 2018-19 for recurring purposes to pay for operating costs to maintain the District’s education programs
Ellsworth Community

Passed

$4,000,000.00 NR – 2018 Exceed revenue cap for non-recurring purposes consisting of maintaining educational programming, technology, and facilities.
Fall Creek

Passed

$12,400,000.00 Issue Debt High School improvements consisting of:  building infrastructure, safety and security, including the addition of a secure entrance; classroom and music room modernization; renovation and expansion of the commons; construction of larger weight and fitness center; and acquisition of related furnishings, fixtures and equipment
Fall River

Passed

$7,800,000.00 Issue Debt The district will be looking to make the following improvements and updates in the following areas: capital maintenance and building infrastructure; learning space updates; communication and technology system upgrades; safety and security improvements; athletic facility, field and site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings fixtures and equipment. (Safety and Security, Learning Spaces/Educational needs (GEDO II, STEM), Facility Needs and Improvements and Athletics)
Frederic

Failed

$12,730,000.00 Issue Debt Facility improvement program consisting of:  all learning spaces and building mechanicals; safety, security and capital maintenance improvements; facility remodeling, additions, and renovations; site improvements; and acquisition of furnishing, fixtures and equipment
Frederic

Failed

$500,000.00 RR – 2018 Exceed the revenue limit by an amount not to exceed $500,000 on a recurring basis beginning with the 2018-19 school year for operational expenses, staffing, and maintenance costs.
Gilman

Passed

$2,975,000.00 NR – 2018 For non-recurring purposes consisting of educational programming, expenditures and operations.
Horicon

Passed

$22,920,000.00 Issue Debt The construction of a new elementary school; Junior/Senior High School site renovations including safety and security upgrades; and the creation of a consolidated campus.
Horicon

Passed

$3,600,000.00 Issue Debt Junior/Senior High School building infrastructure which includes; roofs, plumbing, HVAC, electrical updates, corridor upgrade.
Howard-Suamico

Passed

$29,250,000.00 NR – 2018 exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, for a duration of five years beginning with the 2018-2019 school year and ending with the 2022-2023 school year by an amount of $5,850,000 each year for non-recurring purposes consisting of reducing class sizes, employee compensation, and facility maintenance.
Hustisford

Passed

$600,000.00 NR – 2018 To exceed revenue limit by $200,000 each year for three years (starting Fiscal Year 2019)
Kiel Area

Passed

$8,400,000.00 NR – 2018 Exceed revenue cap by $840,000 per year for 10 years beginning with the 2018-2019 school year and ending with the 2027-28 school year for non-recurring purposes.
Kiel Area

Failed

$10,400,000.00 Issue Debt Issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $10,400,000 for renovating the high school athletic facilities and building and equipping a new performing arts center at Kiel High School.
Lacrosse

Passed

$20,875,000.00 NR – 2019 Exceed the revenue limit by $4,175,000 per year for five years for non-recurring purposes consisting of maintaining educational programs, maintaining district facilities and maintaining and replacing technology.
Luxemburg-Casco

Passed

$11,900,000.00 Issue Debt the construction and equipping of an addition to the High School to create an attached middle school; and conversion of the current Middle School to an alternative high school.
Luxemburg-Casco

Passed

$15,900,000.00 Issue Debt construction of additions at the High School for a new gymnasium and a secure main entrance; construction of additions at the Primary School for a secure main entrance and classrooms; upgrades and improvements to the High School technical education and family and consumer science space and weight room; districtwide site and facility improvements; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
Manitowoc

Passed

$10,500,000.00 NR – 2018 Resolution Authorizing the Manitowoc Public School District to exceed its revenue limit by the amount of $3,500,000 on a non-recurring basis annually for each of the school years 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
Maple

Failed

$1,746,000.00 NR – 2018 Referendum to exceed the revenue limit by $582,000 each year for three years beginning with the 2018-19 school year for non-recurring purposes consisting of maintaining current programs and services, retaining staff, and updating technology education (shop) equipment.
Markesan

Passed

$4,380,000.00 NR – 2018 To maintain School District programs and operations
Merrill Area

Passed

$10,000,000.00 NR – 2018 Referendum to Exceed revenue limits by $2.5 million per year for four years on a non-recurring basis.
Mondovi

Passed

$1,350,000.00 NR – 2018 Resolution to exceed revenue cap by $450,000 each year commencing with the 2018-19 school year and ending with the 2020-2021 school year.
Montello

Failed

$3,700,000.00 Issue Debt Replacing portions of the roof, replacing roof-mounted air conditioning units, improving electrical controls, replacing carpet and removing asbestos, bringing the fire alarm system up to code.
Necedah Area

Passed

$2,880,000.00 NR – 2018 Non-recurring 4-Year Step Referendum Scenario: $690,000 year 1 & 2 and $750,000 year 3 & 4
New Lisbon

Passed

$2,100,000.00 NR – 2018 $525,000 for 4 years for ongoing educational programs, security upgrades and maintenance of facilities and ground.
New Lisbon

Passed

$1,500,000.00 Issue Debt $1.5 million for upgrades of outdoor athletic facilities.
Northern Ozaukee

Passed

$14,950,000.00 Issue Debt Referenda to request general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $14,950,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a District-wide school facilities and programming improvements.
Peshtigo

Failed

$29,960,000.00 Issue Debt Constructing, furnishing and equipping a new middle-high school on District land, including a two-station gymnasium; and completing site improvements.
Peshtigo

Failed

$950,000.00 Issue Debt Constructing and equipping an additional one-station gymnasium and connected to the new middle-high school.
Phillips

Failed

$12,600,000.00 Issue Debt Additions, renovations, and remodeling of the elementary school
Plymouth

Passed

$31,900,000.00 Issue Debt This resolution states the Plymouth Joint School District’s intent to issue General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $31,900,000 for the purpose of  paying the cost of a school building and improvement program consisting of:  security improvements, construction of academic and athletic additions, remodeling and site improvements at Plymouth High School; security improvements, construction of gymnasium, cafeteria and academic additions, remodeling, roof replacement and HVAC upgrades at Parkview Elementary and Fairview Elementary Schools; district-wide security and communications system upgrades; and acquiring related fixtures, furnishings and equipment for these projects.
Prairie Farm

Passed

$3,250,000.00 NR – 2018 General operation
Prentice

Passed

$8,500,000.00 Issue Debt Purpose of paying the cost of a new school addition, renovations, capital maintenance, and building infrastructure improvements.
Randall J1

Passed

$2,025,000.00 NR – 2018 To maintain the current level of education programming and to operate the district.
Randall J1

Pased

$5,500,000.00 Issue Debt Facility improvements including security upgrades, classroom additions, cafeteria renovation, roof repair, acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment
River Falls

Passed

$45,860,000.00 Issue Debt
River Falls

Passed

$2,100,000.00 Issue Debt
Shell Lake

Passed

$12,200,000.00 Issue Debt Referendum for addition of 4K-2nd grade addition to our current school.
Shell Lake

Passed

$3,500,000.00 Issue Debt Resolution to build a new gymnasium
Shullsburg

Passed

$400,000.00 RR – 2018 Exceed the revenue cap on a recurring basis beginning in the 2018-19 school year for operational expenses, deferred maintenance projects and curriculum improvements.
Sparta Area

Passed

$28,500,000.00 Issue Debt New elementary school
Sparta Area

Passed

$4,000,000.00 Issue Debt Improvements and updates to existing elementary schools
Valders Area

Passed

$275,000.00 NR – 2018 The project is to upgrade technology equipment and infrastructure.
Valders Area

Passed

$6,375,000.00 Issue Debt The project is to repair and upgrade roofing, plumbing, HVAC, and bond issuance.
Westby Area

Passed

$1,725,000.00 NR – 2018 Exceed Revenue Limit to sustain educational programs and to operate the District.
Wheatland J1

Passed

$2,500,000.00 NR – 2018 Maintaining the current level of educational programming and operating the District
Wheatland J1

Passed

$8,450,000.00 Issue Debt Facility improvement program consisting of: updates to science and STEM classrooms and building mechanicals; safety, security and capital maintenance improvements; facility remodeling, additions, and renovations; site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
Whitnall

Passed

$16,160,000.00 Issue Debt
Yorkville J2

Passed

$3,350,000.00 NR – 2018 Yorkville Jt. #2 School District seeks to exceed revenue limit on a non-recurring basis by $670,000 for the 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 school years to support operations, educational programs and maintenance.

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Blue Ribbon Commission To Meet April 9th

By John Forester | April 2, 2018

The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold a public hearing at 2:00pm on Monday, April 9th at Fred W. Lenz Conference Center, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College.

The Commission will hear testimony from invited speakers including representatives from the following: local public school districts and CESA 3.  Following the invited speakers, members of the public will be able to share their thoughts with the Commission.  This public testimony will be limited to 5 minutes for each speaker.  The hearing will conclude at 6:00pm.

As a reminder, here are the SAA’s discussion points for the Blue Ribbon Commission.  The SAA encourages members to use this information as well as examples from your district and your own expertise, in developing your communications to the Commission.  Stay tuned.  The SAA will keep members informed of Commission developments.

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Governor to Sign School Safety Bill Today

By John Forester | March 26, 2018

Media reports indicate that Governor Walker will sign the $100 million school safety legislation today at Victor Haen Elementary School in Kaukauna.  Check out the news story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

We are also linking for your information AB 843 as enrolled as well as the Legislative Council’s Amendment Memo for the bill, which provides you with a valuable summary.

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$100 Million School Safety Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

By John Forester | March 23, 2018

Yesterday, the Assembly passed the $100 million school safety bill approved by the Senate on Tuesday.  That bill now heads to the Governor’s desk.  The Assembly also voted to strengthen background checks for the sale of long guns in Wisconsin.  The fate of that bill in the Senate remains uncertain.

Check out the coverage of this issue in the Wisconsin State Journal.

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Fate of School Safety Package Uncertain in Assembly

By John Forester | March 22, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

The Assembly will convene this afternoon in extraordinary session to take up more than a dozen bills including some on the topic of school safety.

Other bills on the calendar include the Senate’s version of the guv’s child tax credit, which includes a scaled-back version of the sales tax holiday championed by Assembly Republicans.

Assembly Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, told WisPolitics.com yesterday the Assembly could potentially make changes to the school safety package and others, prompting the Senate to return to the floor.

But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, told WisPolitics.com Tuesday night the Senate won’t be back to take up any changes the Assembly may make.

See Wisconsin State Journal Coverage here.

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Senate Passes School Safety Package

By John Forester | March 21, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

The Senate late last night approved on a 28-4 vote its version of a plan aimed at increasing school safety.

The proposal, adopted as an amendment to AB 843, differs from the six special session bills Assembly Republicans had been considering in a public hearing. Still, it leaves in place the major points of the legislation, including the creation of an Office of School Safety and the availability of $100 million in one-time money for school safety-related grants.

The plan received nearly unanimous support, although Dem Sens. Mark Miller, of Monona, Dave Hansen, of Green Bay, Fred Risser, of Madison, and Lena Taylor, of Milwaukee, voted against it.

Among the biggest changes in the Senate version compared to the Assembly are: the grants wouldn’t be able to be used to pay armed school safety officers’ salaries; the grant funding is no longer allocated on a three-year timeline; and school officials wouldn’t be required to tell students of parents involved in bullying within 48 hours of the incident.

The Senate version also strikes the mention of Special Session Assembly Bill 6, which would create an exception in student privacy laws to let law enforcement get school surveillance footage if it “serves a legitimate safety interest.”

See Wisconsin State Journal article here.

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GOP Lawmakers Reach Deal on School Safety

By John Forester | March 20, 2018

GOP leadership has come to agreement on a plan that will make minor modifications to the Governor’s school safety package.  The Senate plans to pass the bill today with the Assembly taking it up on Thursday.

See the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story here.

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Senate Scrambles to Finalize School Safety Proposal

By John Forester | March 20, 2018

This news story by the Wisconsin State Journal does a pretty good job of summarizing where we are on school safety in Madison.

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Nerison Will Not Seek Re-election

By John Forester | March 20, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

State Rep. Lee Nerison, R-Westby, announced yesterday he will not seek re-election in November.

Nerison, 65, was first elected to the Assembly in 2004. He noted stopping in the Capitol as a kid with his family on his way back to southwestern Wisconsin from Milwaukee Braves games.

“I never dreamed I would end up here, but it has been such an honor to work and serve with so many great people,” Nerison said.

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