Open House Details Dodgeland Referendum

(Clyman) The Dodgeland School District held an open house Tuesday night in Clyman in advance of a spring referendum. If approved, the $17-million-dollar question would address building-wide infrastructure updates and site improvements, renovate the tech-ed classes as well as the cafeteria and commons area and add secure entrances. The elementary and district offices would also be upgraded.

The district identified a need to update campus infrastructure following a community survey, discussions with faculty and staff and listening sessions. District Administrator Annette Thompson says the listening sessions proved helpful and helped shape how the district crafted the referendum moving forward.

District officials say even if the referendum is approved, there would still be a projected 40-cent drop in the mill rate. That is because this year the school will finish paying off the loan associated with building the Dodgeland campus in 2000. As a result, the debt portion of the school property tax bill will drop. Brian Brewer, with the financial firm RW Baird, says the proposed decrease was a result of long range planning by the school board assessing what needs to be done and timing it when there was going to be a planned reduction in the budget.

Brewer says if the question is not approved the mill rate would see a reduction of $2.60 after two years. The referendum would be financed over a 20-year period at an estimated interest rate of 4.25-percent. There are three more open houses scheduled, at the Reeseville Community Center on Monday, March 9th; Dodgeland School Commons on Thursday, March 12th and at the Lowell VFW on Monday, March 16th. All are from 6pm to 7pm. Representatives of the Dodgeland School District will be our guests on WBEV’s Community Comment March 11th to discuss the referendum.