School Referendum Vote Is Next Tuesday
By Janna Stevens
As administrator of the School District of Superior, I want to share the following endorsements with the public regarding next week’s referendum vote. We are thankful for forums such as Explore Superior that allow us to share information and facts about the referendum. All we ask is that you study the issues before making up your mind. I also would like to invite any interested votes, especially those with questions about the referendum to join us tonight at Superior High School for the last public meeting about referendum details.
The funds from the referendum will be used for replacement of Cooper, major remodel to Superior High School, secure entrances at all school buildings, new roofs at Great Lakes and Bryant, and an updated softball field. The cost to homeowners will be $5.08 per month if you own a home with a tax value of $100,000.00.
School Board Support Unanimous
The Superior School Board unanimously supports the upcoming referendum. In a letter to the community, the Board wrote:
On April 5, 2016, voters will be asked if they believe the School District of Superior should invest in our facilities and in our students.
The safety of our children in the School District of Superior is of utmost importance. Each school must have a secure entrance to limit immediate access to our facilities. The roofs at Great Lakes and Bryant have reached their life expectancies and need to be replaced. Superior High School, our oldest building, will have major remodeling to replace failing mechanical and electrical systems. Cooper Elementary, our second oldest building, has failing infrastructure and needs to be replaced.
Many ask, why now? With a slowdown in building construction in the area, bids from contractors should be more competitive. Materials are readily available and prices are lower than they have been in years. Interest rates are low with no guarantee of these low rates in a year or two. If we wait, the cost for these projects could increase $5 million per year due to inflation alone.
Your school board unanimously supports this referendum. The board has been fiscally responsible and waited until existing debt was paid down before looking to move forward with these projects in order to keep the mill rate as flat as possible. The staff and students in our district need and deserve the best educational programs and facilities possible.
The board believes in the importance of education and that the community, staff and students deserve safe, high quality facilities in which to teach, learn and grow.
Please get out and vote on April 5th.
The letter was signed by each board member: Len Albrecht, President, Christina Kintop, Vice President, Robert Morehouse, Treasurer, Steven Stupak, Clerk, and members Craig Peterson, Michael Raunio and Sheila Keup.
Widespread Support for Referendum
The Superior Federation of Teachers, Superior Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and the Superior Federation of Labor have also expressed full support of the upcoming referendum. In their resolution, the Chamber stated that it fully supports the district’s plan for improvement and replacement of the schools because it will greatly enhance their role in the community and provide a much needed economic development tool that will provide significant economic benefits to the Superior and Douglas County Area.
Voter Information Sources
Voters can get more information about all the details of the referendum at www.superiorreferendum.com
The District will host a referendum presentation on March 30, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Superior High School Performing Art Center. Find more info about this meeting HERE.
Please get informed, and by all means get out to vote on April 5, 2016!