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5/7/21 Referendum Update

Brookwood Families, please see the following letter from our Superintendent Kellie Bohn: https://tinyurl.com/rpyx8p7w

Referendum 2021 Video

How the role of state funding & Enrollment play in District revenues:
What has the district Done proactively to reduce expenses over time and supplement our budget:
Virtual Question & Answer sessions

March Link: meet.google.com/xjf-subh-xms

February 24th Recorded Virtual Q&A Session:  

March 23rd Recorded Virtual Q&A Session:

During our Q&A session, we were unable to do a live translation into Spanish during the recording, but we have gotten the information translated into Spanish here: https://tinyurl.com/2yusp9yt

On April 6, 2021, our School District will be asking our community to approve a three-year non-recurring referendum. The maximum amount each year varies--$500,000 in 2021-2022, $700,000 in 2022-2023 and $900,000 in 2023-2024. The amounts are varied to minimize the tax impact for our community. The additional funding from this referendum will make it possible to continue our current level of student programming as well as to address some larger facility projects.

Going forward with an operational referendum, is certainly not unique in our state. In the last several years, many districts in our state have had an operational referendum on the ballot--some of them have had more than one. This is due to the state’s level of funding not keeping up with the rate of inflation, as well as many districts, including ours, having declining enrollment.

The impact of insufficient state funding on a small district like ours is significant. With our fixed costs continuing to rise, providing the same level of high quality education to our students and service to our families becomes more and more of a challenge. While we have sought out and received grant funding to supplement our budget, as well as reduced costs in areas that would not impact student learning, it is simply not enough.

A successful referendum will make it possible for us to maintain our current level of programming for our students, as well as to continue to be responsive to the changing and varied needs of our students and our community.

If you have any questions about the referendum, please don’t hesitate to contact Superintendent Kellie Bohn at kellie.bohn@gcj2.k12.wi.us or 262-279-1053 Ext. 1108.

Ballot Language

Shall the Genoa City J2 School District, Walworth County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $500,000 for the 2021-2022 school year, by $700,000 for the 2022-2023 school year, and by $900,000 for the 2023-2024 school year for non-recurring purposes consisting of sustaining educational programming and school district operations?

WHY ARE WE GOING TO REFERENDUM?

  • State funding does not keep pace with the rate of inflation
  • Funding formula is based on enrollment--ours is declining
  • We have applied for and received grant monies--over $100,000--only supplemental
  • We have reduced or eliminated ongoing expenses that do not impact student programming.
  • 1993: When Revenue Caps were put in place, we were one of the lowest spending districts in the state.

Referendum 2021 Presentation


Questions

Please contact Superintendent Kellie Bohn at Kellie.Bohn@gcj2.k12.wi.us // 262-279-1053

Voting Resources

Find My Polling Place: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/FindMyPollingPlace

Wisconsin Election Commission

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