Edgerton posing referendum

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Greg Peck
October 25, 2012

One referendum question in the Edgerton School District on Nov. 6 asks for $2.98 million to refinance pension debt tied to the Wisconsin Retirement Fund. The second seeks $6.3 million for building repairs and technology improvements. Included are roof repairs, window replacements, upgraded parking lots, new computers and a districtwide wireless network.

Back them both, and voters will be accepting a four-year boost of between $40 and $64 on a property valued at $100,000. Many residents might find that tough to swallow.

The technology upgrades replace aging equipment and help the district take full advantage of low-cost laptop and free desktop computers it is getting through a deal with an insurance company. The work also will install infrastructure that might help the district forge a partnership with Edgerton Gear if suppliers can be convinced to donate equipment or provide it at substantial price reductions, Superintendent Dennis Pauli explained.

What would be the value to the district of such a partnership? Well, check out what Eleva-Strum High School is doing in partnerships with companies in the Eau Claire area.

Pauli says Edgerton High School hopes to have a very similar arrangement with Edgerton Gear.

We’ll share our perspectives on this plan in our editorial Friday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook</a

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