Needs/Solutions/Costs

Question 1

“Shall the Wausau Schools District, Marathon County, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $29,565,000 for public purpose of paying the cost of: capital maintenance projects throughout the District; constructing additions to and making related facility renovations and site improvements (including play area, athletic field and parking improvements) at G.D. Jones Elementary School, Hawthorn Hills Elementary School, Riverview Elementary School, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Wausau East High School and Wausau West High School; demolition of A.C. Kiefer Educational Center and restoration if the related site; and acquiring related fixtures, furnishings and equipment?”

Click here for Facilities Utilization Task Force Information

Click here for 2014 Community Survey Results

  Need
4K/Early Childhood Education

  • Recommended closing A.C. Kiefer Educational Center (too costly to renovate
  • Build 4K learning academies at four schools:
    • Hawthorn Hills and Riverview: 3 – 4K classrooms
    • Jefferson and G.D. Jones: 4 – 4K classrooms
  • Build one early childhood classroom at G.D. Jones and Riverview

 

 Elementary Capacity

  • Over half of the elementary schools are near or are over capacity
  • Build 6 additional classrooms at G.D. Jones
  • Build 4 additional classrooms at Jefferson
  • Some boundary lines may need to shift, as mentioned in survey

 

Manufacturing, automotive, technology (career and technical) education programs (areas of growing demand/need)

  • East High: Addition for automotive/diesel instruction and fabrication lab
  • East High: Renovate manufacturing, metals, woods, and graphics areas
  • West High: Addition for manufacturing, metals, woods, and agriculture instruction
  • West High: Renovate metals, robotics, graphics, and broadcast areas

District-wide maintenance/facility needs

Solution

 

A.C. Kiefer

EC & 4K

Close school

- Demolish if no buyer or other user is identified

Community 4K Partner Sites

4K

4K

- No change

John Marshall

4K-5th

K-5th

- Current 4K space to be used for K-5 educational needs

Hewitt-Texas

4K-5th

K-5th

- Current 4K space to be used for K-5 educational needs

Rib Mountain

4K-5th

K-5th

- Current 4K space to be used for K-5 educational needs

South Mountain

4K-5th

K-5th

- Current 4K space to be used for K-5 educational needs

G.D. Jones

4K-5th

EC & 4K-5th

- Add early childhood, 4K, and six classrooms

- Add cafeteria space

Hawthorn Hills

K-5th

4K-5th

- Add 4K classrooms

Riverview

4K-5th

EC & 4K-5th

- Add early childhood and 4K classrooms

Thomas Jefferson

K-5th

4K-5th

- Add 4K and four classrooms

- Add a new cafeteria

- Remodel current cafeteria to become the kitchen

East High

9th-12th

9th-12th

- Add automotive space, manufacturing lab, and storage

- Remodel graphics, woods, and metals spaces

West High

9th-12th

9th-12th

- Add a woods lab, a classroom, storage, and an agriculture classroom

- Remodel metals, graphics, robotics, and broadcast spaces

District-Wide Maintenance

N/A

N/A

- Addresses $4M in District-wide maintenance/facility needs



Cost

 Authorization to issue debt in an amount not to exceed $29,565,000

Building

Cost

A.C. Kiefer Education Center

$200,800

G.D. Jones Elementary School

$6,451,600

Hawthorn Hills Elementary School

$2,289,300

Riverview Elementary School

$3,308,900

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

$7,375,100

East & West High Schools

$5,939,300

District-Wide Maintenance

$4,000,000

Total:

$29,565,000



$.12 mill rate increase over 2014-2015

 

Property Value

Annual Impact

Monthly Impact

$100,000

$12.00

$1.00

$200,000

$24.00

$2.00

$300,000

$36.00

$3.00




Question 2

“Shall the Wausau School District, Marathon County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes by $2,000,000 per year for a period of five years on a non-recurring basis beginning with the 2015-2106 school year and ending with the 2019-2020 school year, for the purpose of funding the District-approved technology plan?”

Click here for the long-range, District-approved technology plan

Need

Aging District infrastructure
Currently, the phones, switches, and servers are aging or obsolete and are no longer supported

Insufficient Internet bandwidth and storage
Expand digital learning environments at all District schools to support student learning and District
business/operations

 Devices to students
Move toward one device per student for daily use and provide professional learning for teachers

Solution

*Update District infrastructure (phones, switches, servers)
*Increase Internet bandwidth and Wide Area Network
*Provide access to devices for students and professional learning for teachers

Cost

  Exceed the revenue limit on a non-recurring basis
* $2,000,000 per year for 5 years
* Starting 2015-2016
* Final year 2019-2020

 


 $.21 average mill rate increase over 2014-2015

 

Property Value

Annual Impact

Monthly Impact

$100,000

$21.00

$1.75

$200,000

$42.00

$3.50

$300,000

$63.00

$5.25