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Operational referendum passes in Randall School District, fails in Trevor-Wilmot

Operational referendum passes in Randall School District, fails in Trevor-Wilmot

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One of two operational school referendums on spring election ballots in western Kenosha County was successful Tuesday.

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Randall School District electors authorized the School Board to exceed the revenue limit by $900,000 annually through the 2023-2024 school year, for non-recurring purposes in order to maintain the current level of educational programming.

The measure was approved by a 477, or 55.99 percent “yes” vote to 375, or 44.01 percent “no” vote, according to unofficial totals. Results are considered unofficial until canvassed.

Administrator Jeffrey Alstadt said the passed referendum “ensures funds will go directly to the schools rather than flowing through the state.” Randall School District has seen a significant drop in school aid since 2008-09. The amount has been reduced by $851,823, which totals a 28% reduction in state aid.

“The Randall community has long supported its local school, and yesterday was another example of the commitment that the community has to our school,” said District Administrator Jeffrey Alstadt.

“I want to thank the community for their continued support to maintain and enhance students’ current educational opportunities. We talk about Striving Towards the Achievement of Excellence, and Tuesday was another example of our stakeholders supporting the district’s mission.”

Electors in the Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated districts voted against authorizing the School Board to exceed the state-imposed revenue cap on a non-recurring basis by a slim margin.

The referendum failed by a 269, or 51.41 percent, vote to 257, or 48.86 percent, vote, according to unofficial totals.

Trevor-Wilmot asked voters to approve an additional $500,000 for the 2021–22 school year; $550,000 for the 2022 –23 school year; $600,000 for the 2023– 24 school year; $650,000 for the 2024–25 school year; and $700,000 for the 2025–26 school year for non-recurring purposes consisting of maintaining current educational programs and services, class sizes, curriculum, technology and facilities and meeting current district expenses.

Superintendent Michelle Garven said she was disappointed that the referendum did not pass and thanked those in the community who had supported it.

“The Board of Education and I will discuss how to address the budget shortfalls, and when to return a referendum question to the voters again. The budget projections indicate a continuing deficit, so it is likely we will ask again and hope for approval,” said Garven.

Garven said that she and the Board of Education will continue to review the district budget and discuss ways to proceed without the additional resources at its next meeting on April 27th.

It is likely that any decisions on program reductions will be made as early as May or June board meetings, said Garven, and will go into effect in the fall.

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