Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Feedback Needed about funding twenty-five year strategic plan

How would you like to fund the twenty-five year strategic plan?

Write feedback here or give feedback to Ted Neitzke.

Ted Neitzke
262 335-5435
Part of the Plan

Specifics:   Agenda Item Detail  Apr 30, 2012 - 

Board Work Session

A. Review of 25-year Facility Strategic Plan option and addendum
Type   Discussion
There will be 60-minute work session to finalize the results of the last board work session in which board members narrowed options for the long range facilities plan to Options 2 and 2a.
Topic and Background:
  At a previous work session, the board was presented with four different options for a 25-year long range facilities plan. Each board member rated the options after a short presentation by the administration.
  Option scores were tallied, presented and reviewed at the April 16th work session. Discussion led to the board selecting Option 2 and creating a hybrid option that is being called Option 2a which has all the elements of Option 2 but adds a four classroom and gymnasium addition on to Green Tree Elementary and redistributes attendance areas.
  The District requires a long range facilities plan in order to effectively and efficiently manage its capital assets.
The only dollar amounts available now are for Greentree below. The remainder of the cost for Silverbrook, etc.  is now unknown or not yet made known. 

Green Tree: Four Classroom and Gymnasium Addition Estimate

Gym Addition:
 Gym Size: 5,000 sf.
Circulation Factor: 40%
Cost of Construction: $200/sf.

Calculation:     5,000 sf. X 1.4 = 7,000 sf.
                        7,000 sf. X $200/sf. = $1.4 million
Classroom Addition:
 Classroom Size: 900 sf. each.
Circulation Factor: 60%
Cost of Construction: $200/sf.

Calculation:     3,600 sf. X 1.6 = 5,760 sf.
                        5,760 sf. X $200/sf. = $1.15 million

Total Project Cost: $2.55 million

Monday, June 11, 2012

School Board refuses to ask employees to contribute to long term disability and life insurance

By a 6-1 vote, the West Bend School Board renewed the long term disability and life insurance policy for the district's employees while changing carriers. The cost to the local folks is $200,000 annually. Dave Weigand made a motion to have the employees pay 50% of the cost, citing the overwhelming support for Gov. Walker and his reforms. There was no second among the board members, several of whom tout "conservatism". "This administration will never spend a dime less than they do, unless they are forced to, i.e. last year with the reforms and decrease in state funding", stated Weigand.
The local taxpayers have a large tax increase on the horizon. The Board seems to have no concept of enacting cost saving measures. This administration must be very happy with the Board they now have.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Could the West Bend School District give more Tax Relief by using More of Governor Walker's Tools?

 Despite a resounding victory for Governor Walker and his reforms, the West Bend School District is poised to vote to continue funding the benefits of life insurance and long term disability insurance for its employees. Calling this a savings of 25% due to the potential to change from WEA to another provider, it will still cost the local taxpayers $200,000.00 annually. This is part of the tax to the max budget that is currently proposed, which is projected to be a 6.6% levy increase. One morsel of hope for a less than tax to the max increase would be the Board rejecting this offer as it will be presented by the administration at the meeting Monday June 11, 2012.

Proposed premium changes are: 
Life insurance $114,000.00  from $146,773.00
Long term disability  $86,177.00 from $120,000.00

This proposal passed out of the Finance and Personal Committee on May 21, 2012. Bart Williams, Rick Parks, and newly elected Vinney Pheng are members of that committee. 

 The approximate time for the final vote is at 7:55 pm Monday night. Public participation is held at the beginning of the meeting which begins at 6:30pm.

Regular Board of Education Meeting
Education Service Center
735 S. Main Street
West Bend WI 53095 June 11, 2012
6:30 p.m.
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