Horicon School Officials Detail Referendum

(Horicon) Voters in the Horicon School District will see two referendum questions on the April 3 ballot. The first question would cost $22.9-million and include building a new elementary school next to the high school as well as updating their security entrances. It would also relocate the district office to the high school. The second question would cost $3.6-million and address infrastructure needs at the junior/senior high facility such as roof repairs, upgrading their HVAC system, updating electrical lines, and laying new ceiling and floor tiles in their hallways. School Board Member Eric Krause-Emerick says a community-based survey that went live last year led the district to look into a referendum. He says officials want to make a more positive learning environment. Superintendent Rich Apple says the reason the school decided to split the referendum into two questions is it allows voters to have an option in supporting either one or both. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, third grade teacher Lisa Bischoff said that the result of the referendums could have an impact on school pride. She says the school is the heart and soul of the community and that the future generations deserved to be educated in the best environment possible. If the $22.9-million referendum is successful, the mill rate would increase by 52-cents per one thousand dollars of assessed value. The $3.6-million referendum would cost tax payers 48-cents. The district will be shedding approximately $19-million dollars in debt. If neither are approved, the mill rate would decrease by around two dollars.  If both are approved the tax rate would increase by one dollar. The district will have an open house tomorrow from 5pm to 7pm in both the junior/senior high school and Van Brunt Elementary.

The first referendum reads “be it resolved by the School Board of the School District of Horicon, Dodge County, Wisconsin that there shall be issued pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $22,920,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school building and improvement program to create a consolidated campus and consisting of:  the construction of a new Elementary School addition and site improvements at the Junior/Senior High School; the construction of an addition for a High School cafeteria and secure entrance and renovations and safety and security upgrades at the Junior/Senior High School; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.”

The second referendum reads “be it resolved by the School Board of the School District of Horicon, Dodge County, Wisconsin that there shall be issued pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $3,600,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school improvement program consisting of:  building infrastructure and capital maintenance improvements at the Junior/Senior High School; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.”