Westby Area School District Operational Referendum 2018

The following question will appear on the April 3, 2018 ballot for residents of the Westby Area School District:


"Shall the Westby Area School District, Vernon, La Crosse and Monroe Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $275,000 for the 2018-2019 school year, by $575,000 for the 2019-2020 school year and by $875,000 for the 2020-2021 school year for non-recurring purposes to sustain educational programs and to operate the District?"

What does this mean to voters?

If approved by voters, the funds secured through an operational referendum will be used to sustain educational programs and to operate the district.

What will the referendum support?

The funds secured through the operational referendum will be used to sustain educational programs and to operate the district.

Why Now?

The District faced a shortfall of funds beginning this school year, 2017-2018, and current projections indicate that the shortfall will continue into the foreseeable future. To prepare for this potential deficit, the Board asked the community for input on referendum scenarios. Sixty-five percent of respondents to a recent survey said they would definitely or probably support an operational referendum to maintain current programs in the District. The Board voted to place an operational referendum on the April 3 ballot.

About Westby Area School District

  • Exceeds Expectations on Department of Public Instruction 2016-2017 school district report cards
  • 2016-2017 high school graduation rate of 97.1%
  • 2017-2018 grades 4K–12 enrollment of 1,114
  • Strong community support and pride
  • High retention rate of dedicated staff
  • One-to-one technology initiative
  • High participation rate in co-curricular activities
  • Development of virtual learning option
  • Athletic and academic extracurriculars, such as robotics, music, and drama are offered
  • Elementary school television production studios

How does the District compare to surrounding districts in per student comparative expenditures which captures education related expenses?

How you can find more information:

AnInformational brochurewas mailed to Westby Area School District residents regarding the April 3, 2018 referendum vote. Please visit the WESTBY REFERENDUM WEBPAGE (once built, link to page) for more information.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Contact Us:


Westby Area School District office at (608) 634-0101.

Attend a public information meeting:

The Westby Area School District Board and Administration will be holding meetings to share information and to answer any questions from school district residents regarding the upcoming April 3, 2018 referendum.  The meetings will be held in all three District Communities:

Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 P.M. in the Coon Valley Elementary School Gymnasium

Monday, March 5th at 7:00 P.M. in the Westby Area Community Performing Arts Center

Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 P.M. in the Chaseburg Village Hall (upper level)

Public Information Meeting Video

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