Hustisford School Officials Detail Referendum On WBEV

(Hustisford) Voters in the Hustisford School District will see a referendum question on the April 3 ballot. The question seeks to exceed revenue limits by $200-thousand dollars for each of the next three years to help cover operational costs. The focus would be in the curricular program, staffing, educational opportunities and technology. School Administrator Heather Cramer says the district is in its third and final year of a $150-thousand dollar referendum approved by voters which will be ending this year. She says by going to referendum it will continue to move academics in the right direction. Cramer says they have been able to expand on their AP classes, science offerings and writing curriculum. She says the goal is to update the social studies curriculum next year and if the referendum is approved, bring back the agriculture program. School Board Member Tracy Malterer says open enrollment factors played a role in the district going to a referendum. She says the school has been able to close the gap on open enrollment and felt that it was a good time to evaluate their curriculum. No matter which way the vote turns out, the mill rate is expected to drop. If the question passes, in year one the mill rate would drop an estimated 17-cents from $9.53 to $9.36. If it fails, the mill rate would drop to $8.73. The referendum reads: Shall the Hustisford School District, Dodge County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $200,000 a year beginning in the 2018-2019 school year and ending in the 2020-2021 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of maintaining and enhancing current programs and staffing, expanding educational opportunities, and purchasing curriculum materials and technology.