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Third Time Is The Charm for ParkView School District.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 2, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

 

Parkview voters yesterday said yes to exceeding the spending cap, AND remodeling/upgrading certain schools.

 

This is the third time this has gone to referendum in the last few years.  Four of the last five referendums have been shot down.   So anyone thinking referendums are slam dunks.   ASK ParkView.

Now the waiting game is on to see if this will plug the hole in their declining enrollment , as they claim icky buildings is part of the problem.

 

Stoughton School District hooked on referendums, will the Evansville School District follow?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 26, 2014 by chasinthenews

With certain items more than likely going to referendum in the next year for the Evansville school district,  it was interesting to hear that the Stoughton school district already has a referendum on the ballot for April 1st.   Stoughton just had a referendum in 2010.   WHY is Stoughton  having another referendum?   Because they seem to think they can not run , with out more money.  In the 4 years since the last Stoughton school district referendum they have:

  • Eliminated another 11 positions
  • Refinanced debt
  • Held down health insurance premiums
  • Continued energy efficiency improvements

Before they held the referendum in 2010 they :  *** from their web page...http://www.stoughton.k12.wi.us/referendum.cfm

Prior to 2010 referendum, we reduced expenses by $3.5 million through steps such as:

  • Eliminated 68 positions
  • Closed Yahara Elementary School
  • Instituted energy efficiency improvements

 

THIS IS WHAT THEY HAVE SAID THEY HAVE DONE WITH THE MONEY FROM THE 2010 REFERENDUM.

What has the district done with the money from the 2010 referenda?

 

The community in 2010 supported both an operational and a maintenance referendum. The maintenance referendum enabled us to address critical repair needs, and we were able to stretch those dollars even further by acting as our own project manager instead of hiring a firm to do that work for us.

 

The operational referendum allowed us to withstand historic cuts in state funding and yet improve the quality of education we provide. Some of the highlights include:

  • Built 97% graduation rate — one of the best in the county
  • Boosted ACT to their highest in almost two decades
  • Expanded college credit options
  • Strengthened workforce development programs
  • Partnered with MIT and local foundations and businesses to build state-of-the-art digital fabrication laboratory
  • Gained national recognition for our innovative inclusive teaching approach

 

SAD THAT EVANSVILLE IS UNLIKELY TO DO ANY OF THESE THINGS WITH THE REFERENDUM MONEY.   I will also add that Stoughton has a excellent Science program at their high school.

 

They ~ Stoughton ~ are ‘ threatening to cut 33 staff positions and programs such as reading intervention/early reading programs if this referendum does not pass.

The question many are asking is , are they going to be back in another 4 years asking for more money?   Maybe they should be making these staff cuts.  Clearly if they are threatening to make staff cuts they have thought about what they would do with out these staff members.

OR is it like in Evansville when Evansville started laying off teachers in the last few years they found as they looked at class numbers ,  they were a tad over staffed.

That the number of students in some classes did not support having that class anymore.   That some teachers were being paid FULL TIME  wages when really they only ” Worked”   part-time,  it terms of how many classes they actually had.

Some of this ‘ over staffing’ was because of declining enrollment , some was because no one had really paid attention to the class numbers in a long time.

SO is Evansville going to have to go to referendum in another few years because they have not learned how to budget or make cuts on the money they have.  WITH declining enrollment there is no good excuse for this.

I WAS glad to see the numbers on the survey for the question would you support “

–Additional funding to retain and attract employees: 49 percent said “yes,” 27 percent said “no,” and 24 percent were undecided/needed more information. – See more at: http://www.gazettextra.com/article/20140225/ARTICLES/140229847/1087#sthash.06Ew4cfP.dpuf ..
THAT leaves 51% of people who would not commit to paying more to retain and attract employees..  NOR should they, that money should come from the budget because after the referendum money runs out HOW are you going to keep paying them?
AS I was told people who vote undecided/ need more information tend to vote NO on referendums.    This” additional funding” like the ” police liaison should be dead.
The person who told me that people who vote undecided/need more information usually vote no, is some one who does this for a living,  I believe that this information was relayed to Jerry Roth and the school board as well.
Schools have to learn to budget and live on what they have, especially with declining enrollment.    I will say some of these maintenance issues, and need for updated curriculum are things that should have been done years ago.  WHY have they board/administration  been putting so much money in the fund balance instead of fixing and purchasing the things they need.
Once again congrats to those who took the time to fill out the survey.   It’s the same as voting , you do not get to complain if you do not participate.

GazetteXtra | Evansville committee to recommend three referendum questions

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 25, 2014 by chasinthenews

That was a nice impressive turn out of survey’s filled out.

I absolutely love that

A $900,000 referendum for curriculum/textbooks: 64 percent said “yes,” 19 percent said “no,” and 17 percent were undecided/needed more information. – See more at: http://www.gazettextra.com/article/20140225/ARTICLES/140229847/1059#sthash.OsEUDHrx.dpuf”””””
That was the highest percentage of YES votes of the questions asked.
IT also looks like people are in favor of maintenance  that came in at 49% said yes.   That is very good.
I LOVE that those who filled out the survey are kicking to the curb the request for a Police liaison.   LIKE I and many have said all along.  Make your administration behave and then you will see change.   
55% said YES to upgrading security,  which they need to do.
LOVE how athletics rounded out at the bottom of the list in terms of importance.  
I wonder if people had been given a clue about how much 4K was going to cost if they would have voted to support it??? That was a bit deceiving.  
HOW ever I think its probably time for Evansville to go the way of 4k.   I want to see them take it from the balance fund .  WHY have all that money in there? 
So I hope the board if/when approves 4k it comes from the balance fund .
IT shows those who filled out the survey KNOW true priorities.
TRY the link below for the entire story.  HOW EVER if it does not let you read it.. DO not pay for a subscription of all things JUST type in the article title
in another window and it will take you to a version you do not have to pay to read.   IT most certainly is not worth the 29.00 a month to read.
A $900,000 referendum for curriculum/textbooks: 64 percent said “yes,” 19 percent said “no,” and 17 percent were undecided/needed more information. – See more at: http://www.gazettextra.com/article/20140225/ARTICLES/140229847/1059#sthash.OsEUDHrx.dpuf

CONGRATS TO ALL WHO TOOK THE TIME TO FILL OUT THE SURVEY.

GazetteXtra | Evansville committee to recommend three referendum questions.

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