GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Tuesday night voters approved most local school district referendums on the ballot. Nine of the eleven passed, including two we followed closely in the Howard-Suamico and Luxemburg-Casco districts.
In Howard-Suamico, voters said ‘yes’ to boost spending on teacher salaries, building maintenance, and other expenses throughout the district. The referendum question asked to exceed the state revenue cap by nearly $6 million for the next five years.
In Luxemburg-Casco, two questions adding up to more than $27 million, passed. The district wants to make building improvements and relocate the middle school students to a new facility.
A year after a similar referendum failed, Howard-Suamico school officials breathe a sigh of relief.
“I can't thank the community enough for the vote of confidence that they have placed in the district, and the responsibility to fulfill that confidence, that vote, the board feels that, and we will honor them,” said Mark Ashley, Board of Education President in Howard-Suamico.
The district says the 'yes' vote means people want to invest in their students and teachers.
“What it means is we get to attack the class size issue for us, we are one of the largest student teacher ratios in the state so in partnership with UWGB, tomorrow night, we're holding a career fair and an interview fair with them,” said Damian LaCroix, Howard-Suamico School District Superintendent.
In Howard-Suamico the referendum has no impact on property taxes.
Meanwhile, more investments in building improvements will now happen for the Luxemburg-Casco School District, too.
“A general classroom is typically about 900 to 1000 square feet and some of the classroom sizes we have now are significantly smaller than that, so those spaces will be enlarged and modernized and that's a huge plus for kids,” said Glenn Schlender, Luxemburg-Casco School District Superintendent.
As it starts building plans, the district says there are lots of advantages to having a new middle school attached to the current high school.
“Kids who are gifted and talented in middle school, say an 8th grader who is taking geometry, doesn't have to get transported to Luxemburg to do that, they can just walk down the hall now,” said Schlender.
These improvements will increase taxes by 77 cents per $1,000 of property value.