Voters in New London approved the school referendum that was on the ballot, Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The non-recurring referendum in the amount of $500,000 for four years passed by 467 votes. A total of 3,263 voted in favor of it, and 2,796 voted against it. The funds will be used for roofs and facilities maintenance, adding security to buildings and literacy initiatives.
“We are grateful for the support our community has provided in passing this referendum,” said Kathy Gwidt, superintendent for the New London School District.
She said 70 percent of the funds will be put toward roofing projects.
“It was a referendum of needs, not wants, so we are well prepared to proceed with projects as they were outlined and will be working diligently to stretch these dollars as far as we can,” Gwidt said.
She added that the district is working with the Facilities Committee to develop a timeline which will allow the completion of roofing projects as outlined during informational sessions. This information can be found on the referendum website.
Specifications and roof designs are being compiled and will be bid out by January for work to be completed over the summer months. Gwidt said the middle school roof section above the gym will be completed first. “We will continue to work with our local New London Police Department and Waupaca County Emergency Management to ensure we are maximizing referendum resources related to safety and security,” she said. “We are prepared to enhance literacy resources for elementary classrooms. Orders will be placed in the upcoming weeks.”
Gwidt said monitoring reports will be provided to keep residents apprised of the progress of the projects proposed. The district’s referendum website will be kept up-to-date and will include these reports, It can be found at: www.newlondonreferendum.wix.com/referendum