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Parkview voters consider $5 million referendum

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GINA R. HEINE
March 24, 2012
— Parkview School District voters face a $5 million referendum April 3 that would close Newark and Footville elementary schools and build a permanent addition at Orfordville Elementary.

School board members say the plan is the best way to put an end to decades of divide between the three communities that make up the district. By closing the two outlying schools at the same time, both communities would feel the same pain, board members have said.


The district faces a deficit next year of nearly $600,000, and the trend of declining enrollment in the district is expected to continue.


The referendum seeks up to $5 million to add 13 permanent classrooms and a new gym at Orfordville Elementary so kindergarten through sixth grade can be at one location. The board has approved a work contract with Gilbank Construction of Clinton.


The district would borrow the money for 10 years. A resident with a $100,000 home would see an annual property tax increase of $117. The owner of a $200,000 home would see an increase of $234.


Three school board candidates challenging the three incumbents oppose the district's plan. They want to close Newark now and close Footville when the declining enrollment allows.


If the referendum fails, the board plans to move the sixth grade to the junior high and add eight portable classrooms at Orfordville to accommodate the Newark and Footville students. No details have been decided about such a plan.


PARKVIEW REFERENDUM

The question on April's ballot will read:


Shall the Parkview School District, Rock County, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $5 million for the public purpose of paying the cost of additions and improvements to Orfordville Elementary School, including classroom additions, cafeteria renovations and construction of a new gymnasium; and acquiring fixtures, furnishings and equipment?


Yes or No



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