Westby Area School District Referendum: Our Students, Our Communities, Our Future!

Thank you, WASD community, for your continued support and for passing both referendum questions!

Quick Links:

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!

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Referendum Overview:

  • On November 3, Westby Area School District Residents will have the opportunity to vote on two referendum questions:

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

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Why Now?

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:

    1. 71% of all resident respondents would support an operational referendum to maintain current programs and services

    2. 70% of all resident respondents would support a capital referendum for the recommended projects

Our Needs:

  • Safety & Security Enhancements

  • Infrastructure Upgrades

  • Educational Space Updates

  • Site Improvements

Our Plan:

  • 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.

Our Timeline:

  • 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 referendum@westby-norse.org or 608-634-0101 for more information!

  • Review our Referendum Documents

  • Attend a Referendum Information Meeting (please note, masks are required to attend):

    1. September 29: 7-8 PM at the Westby Area Performing Arts Center

    2. October 22: 7-8 PM at the Coon Valley Elementary Gym

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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: 

September 29
7:00-8:00 PM
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

October 22
7:00-8:00 PM
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

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Voting Information:

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:

Early Voting:

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
200 North Main St., Westby, WI
608-634-3214
Hours: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday

Clerk Linda DeGarmo: Village of Chaseburg
P.O. Box 156 400 Depot St., Chaseburg, WI
608-483-2660
Hours: by appt.

Clerk Renita Williamson: Village of Coon Valley
P.O. Box 129, Coon Valley, WI
608-452-3168
Hours: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm M-T-W-F

Clerk Tina Dahl: Town of Bergen
W1402 Skyline Lane, Stoddard, WI 608-498-6227
Hours: by appt.

Clerk Jackie Olson: Town of Christiana
E8452 Cty. Rd. P, Westby, WI
608-634-4216
Hours: by appt.

Clerk Sandy Schweiger: Town of Clinton
E11240 Cty. Rd. P, Westby, WI
608-625-2822
Hours: by appt.

Clerk Sara Rudie: Town of Coon
P.O. Box 523, Coon Valley, WI
608-452-3966
Hours: by appt.

Clerk Brenda Hass: Town of Harmony
S3029 Enterprise Rd., Chaseburg, WI
608-553-0267
Hours: by appt.

Clerk Annette Sheldon: Town of Jefferson
S4498 Ostrem Rd., Viroqua, WI
608-637-2587
Hours: by appt.

Clerk Donna Leum: Town of Viroqua
S3075 Christianson Rd., Viroqua, WI
608-634-3778
Hours: by appt.

Clerk Ole Yttri: Town of Webster
E10978 State Hwy. 82, LaFarge, WI
608-625-2601
Hours: by appt.

Clerk Joliene Lee: Town of Portland
27321 Nectarine Rd., Cashton, WI
608-487-5554
Hours: by appt.

Clerk Stacy Burns: Town of Greenfield
N1800 Town Hall Rd., LaCrosse, WI 608-787-0400
Hours: by appt.

Clerk Barb Muenzenberger: Town of Washington
W561 Muenzenberger Rd., Coon Valley, WI
608-486-2297
Hours: by apt.

Clerk Jackie Stalsberg: Town of Hamburg
S1594 Cty. Hwy. K, Chaseburg, WI
608-483-2313
Hours: by appt.