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School Board Finalizes Referendum, Adopts Ballot Resolutions

Williams Bay, WI – For more than three years, the Williams Bay School Board, with support from staff, parents, and community members, has been researching options to address critical facility issues at the nearly 100-year old Elementary School. On Monday evening August 11, 2014, the School Board
unanimously approved the required ballot resolutions necessary to advance one referendum question to voters on Tuesday, November 4th requesting permission to borrow funds for a not-to-exceed total
project cost of $19,900,000 to construct a new elementary school addition onto the existing
Junior/Senior High School, creating a centralized campus for all grade levels and district operations.

Project costs include all new construction, limited renovations to the Junior/Senior High School, site

work, furnishings, fixtures, equipment, professional services fees, and required permits. The referendum budget also includes the eventual demolition of the existing Elementary School if the district cannot sell the building and site by May 2015. The total cost translates to an estimated maximum annual tax increase of $119 per $100,000 of property value for 20 years, with the impact first appearing on the December 2015 tax bill.

Built in 1916, the Elementary School has served generations of students very well; however, the School Board firmly believes the time has come to retire this building and focus on creating a new school attached to the Junior/Senior High School designed to meet the needs of our current and future

“Twenty years ago the School District purchased 80 acres of land when the Junior/Senior High School
was built and the Board’s long-term vision was to have a centralized campus for all grade levels and
district,” said Jim Pfeil, School Board President. “Even at this time, the Board recognized the existing
Elementary School would need to be replaced. The Board is unanimous that it is time to move forward
and we urge district residents to make an informed decision on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.”

Residents will have numerous opportunities to learn more about the proposed project in the coming

weeks through mailings, school tours, open house events, and community presentations. For additional background information on the proposed plan, please visit the district website at
www.williamsbayschools.org/referendum. Or contact District Administrator Dr. Wayne Anderson directly at (262) 245-1575 or wanderson@williamsbayschools.org.


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