Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2-18-14 lomira school referendum

 Lomira School District voters are heading to the polls today to decide the fate of a major renovation referendum.  If approved, the school district would be authorized to borrow and spend 24 million dollars to renovate portions of the K-12 building, including constructing additional classrooms, a new cafeteria and kitchen, new office areas, a gymnasium, a remodeled weight room, upgrading middle and high school science labs, and upgrading HVAC systems at the Lomira and Theresa school buildings.  Upgrades to bathrooms and storage areas at the Theresa school building would also be made, as well as relocating and constructing a new District athletic field.  Lomira School Superintendent Bob Lloyd says of four different options, this 24 million dollar project received the most support from the public.  Lloyd says the renovation is needed to address aging facilities not touched during the last referendum and renovation project in 1995 and 1996.   He says the renovation would also alleviate a big problem they deal with every day- a lack of cafeteria space.  As for property taxes, Lloyd says the mill rate would increase $1.75 per thousand dollars of assessed value.   Meanwhile, some Dodge County voters will help decide an operational referendum for another school district.  Herman School District #22 is asking voters to exceed state revenue limits by 200 thousand dollars a year for non-recurring purposes, starting in the 2014-2015 school year and ending with the 2018-2019 school year.  Herman is one of the public schools that comprise the Hartford Union High School District .

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