WFB Referendum Notes

School, Referendum

As you may have read, the Whitefish Bay School District will have two referendum questions on the Nov. 3rd ballot, which is about 5 weeks away.

I have yet to take a position on the votes, although I will pass along some of the information I've received:

Two questions will appear on the referendum ballot:

  • A yes vote on Question One would authorize the district to borrow up to $9 million for essential infrastructure improvements as well as safety and security upgrades.
  • A yes vote on Question Two would authorize the district to borrow up to $13.6 million for renovations at each school, including improved science and music instructional space at the High School, a new gym floor and orchestra room at the Middle School and remodeled cafeterias and multipurpose space at the elementary schools.

Important clarification: The projects contained in Question One do not require a yes vote on Question Two.  The projects outlined in Question Two, however, require approval of both questions.  In other words, a yes vote on Question One is a prerequisite for the improvements outlined in Question Two.  State law prohibits an explanation of this linkage on the ballot.

(I will also add, that a YES vote on both questions results in $22.6m in expenditures.)

Numerous tours, meetings and forums are scheduled between now and Nov. 3 will enable you to see the proposed areas of improvement and ask questions. 

Tours, briefings, forums:

  • Cumberland School - Wed., Sept. 30, 7pm (Gymnasium)
  • Richards School - Mon., Oct. 12, 7pm (Cafeteria)
  • High School - Thurs., Oct. 22, 7pm (Room 47)
  • Middle School - Tues., Oct. 27, 7pm (Media Center)
  • School Facilities Referendum Open House aimed at "Parents of 20-Somethings" - Sunday, October 4th from 3-5:30pm at the WFB Library
  • Community Forum sponsored by Advocates for Education: Thurs., Oct. 15 and Mon., Oct. 19, 7pm, Public Library.

There is also a referendum website with lots of information  :

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