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  • Thursday, March 3 at Wild Rose Elementary School Cafeteria: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 15 at Wild Rose MS/HS Cafeteria: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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Referendum Information - April 5, 2022

The School District of Wild Rose School Board unanimously approved two referendum questions for the April 5, 2022 ballot. 

Question 1 authorizes $15,600,000 for educational improvements, including a classroom addition, renovations, safety, and security improvements, building infrastructure and site improvements at the Elementary School; as well as renovations, safety and security improvements, accessibility updates, and infrastructure, site and outdoor athletic facility improvements at the Middle/High School.

Question 2 authorizes $2,300,000 for HVAC upgrades including air conditioning at the Middle/High School. 

Addressing Facility Needs in Our District

In the Wild Rose School District, our focus will always be on helping students succeed and preparing them for an ever-changing world. As we look to the future, we know there are challenges ahead, including the need to update our facilities. Last year, the School Board began the process of planning for our future facilities' needs by hiring an outside firm to conduct a comprehensive review of our buildings and grounds. Based on this report, we know a significant investment will be needed to update our infrastructure and improve educational spaces.

While our schools are well-maintained and have served us well, the facilities study identified areas for educational improvements and maintenance upgrades in the following areas:

  1. Improved Safety, Security, and Accessibility

    • Ensuring safe, healthy, and accessible facilities is a top priority. While our buildings are secure, there are important improvements that could be made to better monitor and control visitor access. 

  2. Aging Infrastructure

    • The District has worked hard to maintain our buildings within our annual operating budget. However, some major building systems including heating/ventilation, electrical, and plumbing are at or have exceeded their useful life, resulting in inefficiencies and potential costly repairs. Portions of the roofs and windows are old, inefficient, and need replacing. 

  3. Outdated Educational Spaces

    • Many of our classrooms, labs, and tech ed spaces have not been updated since the 1990s. Some classrooms are small and lack the flexible learning environments needed for large-group instruction, small-group collaboration, and project-based, hands-on learning.

Feedback on Priorities

A community survey was mailed to all District households last fall. The goal was to gather feedback on priorities and define which projects should be funded in the near future. 

Survey results indicated:

  • 68% of all resident respondents would support a referendum to fund the recommended base projects at the Elementary and Middle/High School

  • 68% of all resident respondents would support a referendum to fund air conditioning at the Middle/High School.

Based on these results as well as on feedback from staff and community members, the School Board decided to move forward with two referendum questions for the April 5, 2022 general election.

Referendum Projects

The specific projects included in the proposed referendum plan are:

  • Secure main entrances and front office renovations at the Elementary and Middle/High Schools

  • High School Technical Education and Family & Consumer Science classroom renovations

  • HVAC, electrical, and infrastructure improvements at both schools

  • Air conditioning for the Middle/High School

  • A classroom and flexible space addition at the Elementary School

  • Complete Elementary roof replacement

  • Track resurfacing

  • Site work, including resurfacing of the front driveway at the Elementary School and the South parking lot at the Middle/High School 

Tax Impact

The estimated maximum tax impact for Question 1 is $0.60 per $1,000 of fair market property value, or $60.00 a year on a home valued at $100,000. The estimated maximum tax impact for Question 2 is $0.18 per $1,000 of fair market property value, or $18.00 a year on a home valued at $100,000. 

If voters approve both measures, the combined estimated maximum tax impact for both questions would be $0.78 per $1,000 of fair market property value, or $78.00 a year on a home valued at $100,000. 

Question 1

Question 2

Referendum Amount

$15.6 Million

$2.3 Million

Mill Rate Impact per $1000

$0.60

$0.18

Fair market Property Value

PER YEAR

PER MONTH

PER YEAR

PER MONTH

$100,000

$60.00

$5.00

$18.00

$1.50

$200,000

$120.00

$10.00

$36.00

$3.00

$300,000

$180.00

$15.00

$54.00

$4.50

Source: RW Baird. Assumptions: Debt borrowings are amortized over 20 years at a planning interest rate of 3.75%. Mill rate based on 2021 Equalized Valuation (TID-OUT) of $868,239,570 with annual growth of 1.00% thereafter. Impact represents the change in the mill rate over the projected 2021-22 mill rate of $0.60 for the energy efficiency exemption levy. Because state aid is not a major source of revenue for the District, the financing plan does not incorporate a potential impact to state aid. The District currently receives aid on expenditures at a tertiary rate of -108.46% (2021-22 October 15 certification).


Referendum Information Meetings  

The District will host two school tours and referendum open houses so residents can see our schools first-hand and ask questions. Join us!

  • Thursday, March 3 at Wild Rose Elementary School Cafeteria: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 15 at Wild Rose MS/HS Cafeteria: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Questions? If you have any questions, please call the District Office at (920) 622-4203, or email hayesc@wildroseschools.org.