White Lake board plans referendum|
|The White Lake school board returned to full strength Tuesday, and made plans to move forward with a Nov. 4 spending referendum.|
At its regular July meeting, the board selected Dave Krochalk to fill the unexpired term of Tammy Stegall, who resigned in April.
Krochalk, 746 S. Shore St., has been a property owner in the White Lake area since the mid-1980s and moved there on a permanent basis since retiring from Briggs & Stratton several years ago.
While in West Bend, he served as an alderman and on various political boards—including those dealing with public works, finance, redevelopment and the library.
Krochalk unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the board of education in April.
“It’s community involvement,” he said. “My wife and I have always felt, wherever we lived, that it was important to give back.”
Following what Administrator Bill Fisher termed “a good discussion,” the board informally decided to move forward with plans for a November referendum that would allow the district to exceed state-imposed revenue limits.
The formal resolution will be the focus of a board vote on Aug. 19.
In April, White Lake voters, by a margin of just two votes, rejected a proposal to exceed revenue limits by $250,000 over the next three years.
Plans call for a repeat of that question, Fisher said, with dollars replacing a $200,000, three-year revenue cap override approved in April, 2011 that expired this year. The money will be used to maintain existing programs.
“They felt we need to bring it to the voters again,” Fisher said. “The community members have encouraged them to do so.”
The district floated its first successful revenue-limit exemption in 2001, with voters approving them until this April’s loss. The amounts have ranged from $200,000 to $250,000 annually for three to five years.
In maintenance matters, the board continued work on construction of a new softball field adjacent to the school, with the district submitting an application for a permit to construct the field to the village board.
The field would allow the softball team to play at home, rather than travel to Langlade where it has been using the Blue Goose field.
The board also:
—accepted the resignation of the K-12 art teacher Sheryl Lipori.
—approved an agreement with the Elcho school district for a part-time foreign language teacher, who would teach one class a day for one semester.
—reviewed updates on summer projects, summer school participation, and playground equipment.
—and hired Hunter Hughes as a summer maintenance helper.
The board also accepted the retirement of Eileen Vaudt, who served as the district’s kindergarten teacher for 20 years.
“They want to publicly thank her for her years of service,” Fisher said, “and the great job she has done with our kindergarten students.”
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