Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT WAS THE ROLE OF THE FACILITIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE (FAC)? 

In September of 2014, the School Board established a Facility Advisory Committee (FAC) with the charge to research, evaluate, support the development of a community-wide survey and make facilities recommendations to the School Board. The FAC reviewed and analyzed facility studies completed in spring 2013, winter 2013 and current data. A community survey was conducted in November of 2014 with 1,445 respondents. Survey response analysis indicated strong support for upgrades throughout the district. Based upon community feedback, the FAC identified high priority facility upgrades for Elementary Schools and High School core capacity and learning spaces, technical education space at the Middle and High School, safety and security improvements district-wide and capital maintenance projects. Recommendations were made to the School Board in December, 2014.

WHY ARE THERE TWO QUESTIONS PROPOSED INSTEAD OF ONE?

The public survey results indicated that educational needs were a top priority for district residents. Balancing district needs and the capacity of the taxpayers to financially support all identified facilities needs was a strong focus of the Facilities Advisory Committee.  Therefore, two questions were developed to reflect the most urgent needs and to allow residents opportunity to approve one or both of the proposed projects.

WHY DOES EASD NEED ADDITIONAL MULTI-USE/ATHLETIC SPACE?

Currently, we have one small classroom for the training center. It can accommodate approximately 24 students at a time. That is far too small to meet the training needs of a high school of 900+ students. The proposed addition would include a fitness training space more than double the current size for wrestling and gymnastics, as well as include a multi-use space to be used year-round for students and the community. The addition would provide space equivalent to two basketball courts and would free up the Suchy Gym for basketball and winter baseball/softball training. The additional space will have positive ripple effects throughout the entire district as after-school clubs will have more access to inside spaces during our long winters. 

HOW LONG WILL THIS ADDRESS THE DISTRICT’S NEEDS?

Based upon current enrollment trends and projections, these facility upgrades will address current educational programming needs and safety/security improvements for at least 5-10 years. 

WHY PROPOSE THIS PLAN NOW? 

  • Since 1990, EASD enrollment has nearly doubled. Our schools have served generations of students very well; however, the capacity in some core spaces, such as the library, cafeteria, gym, restrooms, music and special education classrooms has not kept up with program or student growth.  Many spaces are now near or over capacity to meet student needs.
  • Renovations to modernize our learning environments will provide critical upgrades for the most relevant programs with a focus on technical education space and opportunity for students to acquire skills utilized in high-demand jobs.
  • Safety is a priority for the district and community.  Upgrades will provide equity across all buildings and safe, accessible schools and facilities. 
  • Strategic repairs and upgrades for large capital maintenance projects ensure operational efficiency in all schools and facilities and protect our community’s long term assets.
  • A reduction of existing debt, and the debt service tax impact, creates an opportunity to address a large portion of identified needs while minimizing a tax increase to residents.
  • Interest rates continue to be near historic low levels which could significantly reduce the long-term borrowing costs associated with facilities projects. 

WHAT IS THE PRELIMINARY CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE? 

Upon approval of the referendum, the design and planning phase would begin immediately.  Bidding on projects will likely be taking place late fall/winter of 2015-16, groundbreaking in the spring of 2016, with all projects being completed by fall 2017.  Order of the projects would be determined during the planning phase, would factor inefficiencies, and provide the least disruption to students and school schedules. 

CAN’T GET TO THE POLLS ON APRIL 7TH? VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT 

  • Any eligible Wisconsin voter can vote by absentee ballot for each election. 
  • If you will not be in the area to vote on April 7, contact your municipal clerk to obtain an absentee ballot. Absentee voting can be done by mail or in-person in the clerk’s office.
  • If you are not registered to vote, you may register prior to Election Day at your municipal clerk’s office or on Election Day at your polling location.
  • Early, in person voting, is available at all polling locations Monday, March 23 – Friday, April 3. Check with your local municipal clerk for specific hours.