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Sharon plans April referendum

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ANN MARIE AMES
March 27, 2010
— Voters in the Sharon Community School District in April will vote on a $5.98 million referendum for improvements at Sharon school.

The school board in February decided to ask voters for permission to take out a loan for security and energy efficiency upgrades at the school, which serves kindergarten through fourth grade.


The upgrades would not change the school's footprint and are intended to improve the school's day-to-day functions, District Administrator Steve Huebbe said.


"These are basic bricks and mortar work," Huebbe said.


Huebbe said the upgrades would include:


-- Roof repairs


-- Replacing the boiler with one that heats with hot water rather than steam. The new boiler would be digitally controlled, which would add efficiency.


-- Brick repair and tuck pointing on the building's exterior.


-- Reconfiguring the school's entrance to make it more welcoming and to add a check-in point for improved security.


-- Reconfiguring the way water mains run into the school, which would also require upgrades to ceiling tiles.


-- Replacing the original wood floors in the portion of the school that was built in 1935.


-- Replacing windows and adding other energy-efficiency tools.


-- Building handicapped accessible bathrooms and making other accessibility improvements.


"We're not looking at any additional footprint," Huebbe said. "We're just looking at maintaining what we have."


The last major upgrade at the school took place in 1992, Huebbe said.


The school at 104 E. School St. serves 300 children.


To learn more


Voters in the Sharon Community School District on April 6 will vote on a $5.98 million referendum for improvements at the elementary school.


For more information, visit the district Web site sharon.k12.wi.us. Click "referendum news" on the home page, call the district at (262) 736-4477, Ext. 100 or e-mail schoolreferendum@sharon.k12.wi.us.

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