Spring 2014 Election

In school referendum, Big Foot seeks $990,000 annually

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WALWORTH—Voters in the Big Foot Union High School District will be asked if they're willing to commit $990,000 per year for five years to enhance programming, provide a safer environment and maintain and enhance facilities.

According to information provided by the district, exceeding the revenue cap for the next five years will have little effect on the overall tax levy.

That's because the district will retire annual debt service of $1.2 million per year from a referendum that passed in 1998.

The tax rate per $1,000 in 2013-14 was $3.37. If the new referendum passes and all other spending plans hold equal, the forecasted tax rate would increase to $3.40 for 2014-15 before falling to $3.33 in 2018-19.

If the referendum is approved, the extra funding would address needs that have been deferred for years, organizers said.

In general, they said, the goal is to improve competitiveness of students, better serve a diverse student body, upgrade advanced technologies, address deferred maintenance and keep the tax impact to a minimum.

The five-year plan would:

—Hire two teachers in math and science.

—Hire an interventionist for at-risk students.

—Upgrade computers and software.

—Purchase smart boards.

—Upgrade servers and support hardware.

—Upgrade technology education equipment.

—Update the auditorium.

—Provide a new outdoor concession building and ticket booth.

—Replace the crown on the football field.

—Resurface gym floors and update those facilities.

—Replace school vehicles.

—Construct a new salt storage building.

In 2013, voters narrowly defeated a referendum that sought funding for educational support provisions required by the state.

The district last passed a referendum in 1998, when nearly $15 million was approved for school updates and expansions.

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