In October 2012 a community committee was created to start the strategic plan process. The group identified four areas of focus:
- Student Preparation
- Community Involvement
- Capacity, Infrastructure, Technology, and Staff
This group then morphed into the Vision Committee in September 2013. They focused on the goal of understanding the community’s values with respect to education, strengthening our partnership with the community, and developing a plan of action based on the prioritized needs of the group.
The group determined in the Spring 2014 it would be beneficial to conduct a community survey to district residents to understand their perceptions of district operations.
The survey results led the group to determine a preliminary facility study was needed. The study reviewed the energy efficiency needs of the district. In an effort to address the concerns found in the study the School Board hired Bray Architects in April 2015 to conduct a comprehensive facilities assessment of the Middle School and High School to study current and future needs.
Upon review of the the findings the Board recommended the creation of a Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) to help determine facility needs. The LRPC was created in July 2015. It consisted of more than 50 parents, staff, and community members. The committee’s goal was to develop a plan that focused on meeting the facility needs of Kewaskum Middle and High Schools, while keeping in mind the effect on property taxes. After exploring dozens of options, in May 2016, the LRPC surveyed community members to receive input on a potential solution.
After reviewing the survey results, the LRPC reduced the scope of the project and made a recommendation to the School Board in July 2016. The solution reflects information gathered from the community through participation in the survey and combines it with the work of the 57 member LRPC to try and meet the district needs. This, coupled with the priorities of the taxpayers, was an effort to try to ensure the Board put forth the most cost-effective solution.
In August 2016 the Board of Education unanimously agreed to approve a referendum vote to place a $28,420,000 referendum on the November 8th ballot.