On April 6 voters in the Grantsburg School District will be voting on multiple referendum questions. The first is for over $17 million to renovate and update facilities and a second question will address a second gymnasium at the high school.
In the referendum, the board is looking to close down the Nelson Primary School and relocate early childhood through first grade to the Elementary School. Second through eighth grade will be held at the Middle School while the High School will remain the same grades. In order for the middle school to house the new grades, it would require an addition and a second gymnasium to allow for more learning space. All three schools also need renovations and other updates that are added in the referendum. The board is also looking to add a second gym to the high school with more locker room space.
The final questions to be brought to the polls for this referendum have been approved by the board. The questions were based on the plan that was recommended and presented by the Citizens’ Action Committee. The two questions that voters will be able to vote on are:
1. Shall the School District of Grantsburg, Burnett and Polk Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $17,900,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school facility improvement project consisting of: construction of a secure entrance and offices at the High School; renovations and construction of additions for academic areas and a multipurpose gymnasium at the Middle School; renovations at the Elementary School; district-wide safety, security, site traffic and capital maintenance improvements; removal of Nelson Primary School; and the project includes acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
2. Shall the School District of Grantsburg, Burnett and Polk Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $4,235,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of constructing and equipping a multipurpose gymnasium addition at the High School, including necessary site improvements.
Both of these questions are standalone questions, so if one resolution passes while the other does not, the one that passes the district can still move forward with.
Superintendent Joshua Watt says that the next step for the referendum now that the questions are formed is to begin an educational campaign in order to inform and update the community on the goals, outcomes and benefits of the proposed projects of the referendum.