$21 million school referendum
Weyauwega-Fremont to hold public meetings
The referendum question voters in the Weyauwega-Fremont School District will see on the November ballot will be the subject of two upcoming informational meetings.
The public is invited to attend the meetings, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on both Thursday, Sept. 15 and Thursday, Oct. 13, in the high school auditorium.
Representatives from ATS&R and Baird Financial will be in attendance.
ATS&R is the Minneapolis-based firm which completed a long-range facility study for the school district, an assessment and then developed renderings for the project being considered in the district.
Baird is the district’s financial consultant.
Voters in the school district will be asked on Nov. 8 if they want the district to spend up to $21 million on a building and improvement program.
The proposal for the high school includes additions and remodeling to add classroom and commons spaces; modernize existing classrooms; construct safe and secure entrances and offices; construct an auditorium and also a multipurpose gym/weight room; HVAC improvements; parking and site improvements; and the acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
The 400-seat auditorium would be built in front of the high school.
The multipurpose gym would be built off the present gym area and be meant to eventually replace the gym in the district’s old middle school building on Main Street.
The four new classroom would be for science, agriscience and the new Project Lead the Way program beginning this school year in the district.
A new forum area would be created as part of the remodel, as well as a larger weight room and fitness area.
At Fremont Elementary, an addition is being proposed along James Street.
It would move the reception area and principal’s office there.
As the main entry to the school, it would also include a lobby and conference room.
Debt free since 2010, the school board’s vote last June to place the referendum question on the November ballot followed more than two years of study and discussion about the state of the district’s facilities.
The study of the facilities, an educational analysis and community engagement took place during 2014 and 2015.
District Administrator Scott Bleck and Business Manager Drew Niehans are also offering to speak about the project at area town board meetings.
In addition, the school district’s website includes information about the referendum question.
People may go to www.wegafremont.k12.wi.us/district/referendum.cfm to view information about the referendum, including a brochure, past Waupaca County Post articles and a video that addresses the various aspects of the proposal.