How would the referendum impact Spencer Public Schools?

Referendum Passes

  • Bring Back One Business Ed/IT Instructor
    • Add Accounting 1
    • Add Accounting 2
    • Add Entrepreneurship
    • Add Coding
    • Add Web Design
    • Add International Business
    • Send these classes out via distance learning to recoup costs
  • Bring Back One Spanish Teacher/ELL Support
    • Add Spanish 1
    • Add Spanish 2
    • Add Spanish 3
    • Add English Language Learner Support
    • Add Elementary Spanish
    • Send these classes out via distance learning to recoup costs
  • Add Elementary Math Interventionist
  • Add Middle School Counselor Position
    • Increase in mental health support
    • Increase in academic and career planning
  • Miscellaneous
    • Create one period of ELA intervention in Middle School

Referendum Fails

Year 1

  • Eliminate One Music Instructor
    • Divide elementary music between Band and Choral Directors
    • Reduce the ability to provide individual and small group lessons
  • Eliminate Business Ed Program
    • Eliminate Intro to Business 1
    • Eliminate Intro to Business 2 Dual Credit
    • Eliminate Personal Finance
    • Eliminate Marketing
  • Reduce Course Offerings in High School
    • Increase Class Sizes in
      • American and Wisconsin Government (9th Gr)
      • World History (9th Gr)
      • Algebra 1
      • Algebra 2
    • Eliminate These Courses
      • Careers with Kids
      • Parents and Children
      • Animal Science and Technology Zero Hour Phy Ed
      • Independent Art
      • 6th Grade Spanish
  • Eliminate One Middle School Instructor
    • 6th Grade will go from 3 to 2 sections
    • Average class size will increase from 16 to 24 in this grade
  • Eliminate 3 Elementary Instructors, increasing class sizes

Year 2

  • The Board of Education would project needing to make an additional $1.41 million in operational cuts to balance the budget.
  • Education at Spencer Public Schools would not be the same.

Tax Implications

Annual Estimated Tax Impact*

Monthly Estimated Tax Impact*

*Reflects year-over-year tax impact

Referendum Ballot Question

At an election in the School District of Spencer on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, the following question will be submitted to a vote of the people:

“Shall the School District of Spencer, Marathon and Clark Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $925,000 for the 2022-2023 school year, by an additional $725,000 for the 2023-2024 school year, by an additional $525,000 for the 2024-2025 school year, by an additional $225,000 for the 2025-2026 school year, and by an additional $150,000 (for a total of $2,550,000) for the 2026-2027 school year and thereafter, for recurring purposes consisting of operational expenses and maintaining and enhancing educational programming?”

A copy of the entire text of the resolution directing submission of the question set forth above to the electorate and information concerning District boundaries can be obtained from the District Clerk at the School District offices located at 300 School Street, Spencer, Wisconsin.

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