The West Bend School Board and Administration are moving forward in their decision on a 25 year facilities plan. Monday night, April 16, the Board narrowed the options from 4 to 2 plans. Superintendent Ted Neitzke will continue working on 2 of the plans, which include closing Barton Elementary School, changing the elementary schools to K-4th grade, Silverbrook Middle School will be 5-6 grades with remodeling, Badger Middle School will be 7-8th grades, and a new Jackson Elementary School will be built with planning beginning in the next 3-5 years.
The cost of this has not yet been finalized and put forth. Ted Neitzke, at the urging of the Board, said he will be setting aside $170-240,000 from this years budget for future building needs. Mr. Neitzke joked about not wanting to use the "R" word, referendum.
The Board will meet again April 30th for further discussion. Bart Williams and Dave Weigand would like to see improvements to Green Tree School to take care of the needs of students in the Barton School area.
The plans include redistricting of students in some schools.
All agreed that cost is unknown as well as financing the projects. The Board and Superintendent are looking for community feedback.
I give accolades to the Board and their direction to Mr. Neitzke to set aside money for future building needs.
Now is the time to let your voice be heard. More information will be coming.