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Pewaukee Board of Education Votes to Place Referendum Question on November Ballot
Action Comes After A Year-Long Facility Master Planning Process Examining Enrollment Projections And Community Feedback
July 31 - PEWAUKEE, WI — At its July 30 meeting, the Pewaukee School District Board of Education voted to adopt a resolution for a referendum question to be placed on the November ballot.
The question will pertain to the approval of a resolution authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $39,700,000. The tax impact of the bond is estimated at $0.66 per $1,000 of property value. This would result in an annual tax impact of $165 on a home valued at $250,000.
One of the fastest-growing school systems in Waukesha County, the Pewaukee School District has been engaged in a campus-wide facility master planning process over the past year. This process has featured a study of future enrollment projections and ongoing staff and community feedback, including a community survey completed by nearly 1,200 residents. The results of the survey indicated a high level of support for the district to take immediate action to address its capacity needs and ensure the continued viability of its single-campus model.
The process led to a campus plan identifying projects at all schools, including the renovation of Asa Clark Middle School (ACMS) to include sixth-grade students. ACMS currently serves students in grades seven and eight. The plan would also move third grade out of Pewaukee Lake Elementary (PLE) and into Horizon Elementary, which would become a third- through fifth-grade school. This approach would reduce the number of students attending PLE, which has the greatest immediate space needs. In addition, the resolution seeks to address needs for additional physical education space at Horizon Elementary, student services and administrative office space needs at Pewaukee High School (PHS), new library and additional classroom spaces at PHS and campus parking and infrastructure.
“This plan was generated through a strong collaborative process with our community and provides the capacity and progressive learning spaces necessary to meet the needs of students in our growing community,” said Superintendent Mike Cady. “In the months to come, we will engage in a transparent and ongoing communication effort to ensure all members of our community are informed and have the opportunity to provide their feedback.”
The Pewaukee School District is a public 4K-12 district offering an award-winning, future-ready education to more than 3,000 students on a unique, single-campus setting. The district passionately commits to its mission of opening the door to each child's future.
Board Of Education Receives FMP Update Including Estimated Project Cost
July 10 - PEWAUKEE, WI — The Pewaukee School District Board of Education was presented with the latest information related to the district’s long-range Facility Master Plan (FMP) at its July 9 meeting.
One of the fastest-growing school systems in Waukesha County, the Pewaukee School District has been engaged in an FMP process that has included a study of future enrollment projections and ongoing staff and community feedback. This process, which has taken place over the past year, led to a campus plan identifying projects at all schools, including the renovation of Asa Clark Middle School (ACMS) to include sixth-grade students. ACMS currently serves students in grades seven and eight.
The plan would also move third grade out of Pewaukee Lake Elementary (PLE) and into Horizon Elementary, which would become a third- through-fifth-grade school. This approach would reduce the number of students attending PLE, which has the greatest immediate space needs. During the July 9 board meeting, the district’s Core Planning Team presented information on master plan priorities within the FMP, focusing on the four essential elements of conceptual design and cost estimates, potential financing plans, an initial draft of a potential bond question to be proposed to the community in a referendum and a draft of a communication and information plan.
Conceptual Design Space and Cost Estimate
At its June 25 meeting, the board was presented with an administrative recommendation for the scope of the project to address as Phase 1 of the long-range campus master plan, which includes six specific priority projects (see below) at all four school buildings in the district and items from the Long Range Capital Projects Plan. The cost of the combined Phase 1 projects is estimated to be $39,700,000, which would result in a tax impact within the range of tolerance supported by the community in the facilities survey.
- Sixth grade core classroom addition
- PHS academic and student services office expansion, new library, and some internal renovation to add classroom space
- Auxiliary gym addition at Horizon to address physical education needs
- Renovation and addition at Pewaukee Lake Elementary to modernize learning spaces, improve circulation and enhance security
- Addition at ACMS to enhance and expand science, technology, engineering, and art classrooms and create a new, more-secure main entrance
- Traffic and parking lot enhancements
“The Core Planning Team has spent considerable time reviewing space allocations for each of the projects identified and we are confident the vision for meeting our students’ instructional needs can be satisfied through the execution of this plan,” said Superintendent Mike Cady. “The plan addresses space and capacity needs, while also improving school security and supporting more innovative and progressive approaches to learning.”
The district has developed a communications plan to engage the community throughout its planning process. The plan will support the district’s ability to share clear, transparent and consistent information and updates to all stakeholder groups in the community.
“We had a productive meeting providing our board members with valuable information to support their decision-making process as they strive to be good stewards of our campus facilities,” said Cady. “As always, we will continue to make this a transparent and collaborative process with our community and welcome all feedback.”
Pewaukee School District is a public 4K-12 district offering an award-winning, future-ready education to over 3,000 students on a unique, single-campus setting. We passionately commit to our mission to open the door to each child's future.
Superintendent Mike Cady updates the community in his Monday Message video the week of June 25