Westby Area School District Referendum: Our Students, Our Communities, Our Future!
For more information on the Westby Area School District Referendum, please watch this video message from Superintendent Steve Michaels.
For our referendum tour video, please click here.
To download our Referendum Fact Sheet, please click here.
To view our Referendum Presentation, please click here.
Please don't forget to vote on November 3rd!
On November 3, Westby Area School District Residents will have the opportunity to vote on two referendum questions:
Operational Referendum: Question 1 asks for authorization to exceed the revenue limit by $1,200,000, $1,500,000, and $1,800,000 over a three-year period beginning with the 2021-22 school year to sustain the educational programs and to operate the district. This question renews the 2018 operational referendum, which expires after the 2020-21 school year.
Capital Referendum: Question 2 asks for authorization to borrow $11,950,000 for safety, security, and site improvements, including secure entrances; ADA accessibility updates; building infrastructure and capital maintenance improvements; renovations for career and technical education; and an addition and renovation of the greenhouse at Westby Area High School.
Tax Impact: If both referendum questions pass, the projected mill rate for school taxes would remain at or near $10.90 per $1,000 of equalized property value.
We considered suspending our facilities planning efforts because of the pandemic. However, we are bringing two referendum questions to the community at this time for the following reasons:
2018 operational referendum expires after the 2020-21 school year
Previous budget limitations have delayed many facility and educational needs
Historically low interest rates for borrowing gives us an opportunity to reduce the overall cost to taxpayers
Renewed ability to invest in proposed projects due to the district's early repayment of existing debt
District-wide community support shown through our March 2020 survey:
71% of all resident respondents would support an operational referendum to maintain current programs and services
70% of all resident respondents would support a capital referendum for the recommended projects
Safety & Security Enhancements
Educational Space Updates
Enhance secure entries at each school building to better control and monitor visitor access.
Upgrade inefficient building systems (plumbing, heating and ventilation, electrical) that have exceeded their useful life, and replace aging roof sections.
Update high school Family & Consumer Science and Career & Technical Education spaces; expand and renovate the existing greenhouse to better support curriculum
Improve site traffic flow, including designated drop-off/pick-up lanes at the high school; increase number of parking spaces; and address stormwater challenges.
November 3, 2020: Vote
December 2020 - June 2021: Design
July 2021 - June 2022: Construction/Additions
May 2022 - August 2022: Renovation/Infrastructure
August 2022: Proposed Project Completion
For More Information:
Contact us at email@example.com or 608-634-0101 for more information!
Review our Referendum Documents
Attend a Referendum Information Meeting (please note, masks are required to attend):
September 29: 7-8 PM at the Westby Area Performing Arts Center
October 22: 7-8 PM at the Coon Valley Elementary Gym
We encourage people to learn more about the upcoming referendum by attending an Information Meeting. Join us to learn about the proposed plans, take an optional tour, and get your questions answered. There is no RSVP necessary.
Information meetings will be in-person with masks required and social distancing practices. Zoom access will be available at the links below:
Westby Area Performing Arts Center
September 29 Link: Referendum Information Session Link or join by telephone by dialing US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782; Meeting ID - 966 4346 0443; Passcode: 428025
Coon Valley Elementary Gym
October 22 Link: Referendum Information Session Link or join by telephone by dialing US: 1-646-876-9923; Meeting ID: 981 3839 0854; Passcode: 835856
Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Wisconsin will mail all registered voters an application to vote absentee prior to the election. You can also vote in person.
How to vote absentee:
You must be a registered voter to request an absentee ballot
Registered voters can request an absentee ballot online or by contacting their municipality directly.
Wisconsin voters can vote before Election Day through a process called absentee in-person voting. The period for absentee in-person voting runs from Tuesday, October 20, 2020 to Sunday, November 1, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Check with your local clerk's office or the MyVote Wisconsin website for hours and procedures. Click here for the City of Westby voting information, or review the table of Vernon County municipal clerk's offices on this page.
Location and Hours of Polling Places:
Information as to the location of the polling places is available in the District Office at 206 West Avenue South, Westby, Wisconsin. ALL POLLING PLACES WILL BE OPEN AT 7:00 A.M. AND WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 P.M. If you have any questions concerning your polling place, contact the municipal clerk:
Clerk Roxy Wedwick: City of Westby
Clerk Linda DeGarmo: Village of Chaseburg
Clerk Renita Williamson: Village of Coon Valley
Clerk Tina Dahl: Town of Bergen
Clerk Jackie Olson: Town of Christiana
Clerk Sandy Schweiger: Town of Clinton
Clerk Sara Rudie: Town of Coon
Clerk Brenda Hass: Town of Harmony
Clerk Annette Sheldon: Town of Jefferson
Clerk Donna Leum: Town of Viroqua
Clerk Ole Yttri: Town of Webster
Clerk Joliene Lee: Town of Portland
Clerk Stacy Burns: Town of Greenfield
Clerk Barb Muenzenberger: Town of Washington
Clerk Jackie Stalsberg: Town of Hamburg