Almond-Bancroft seeks $525,000 School Referendum on April 3
The Almond-Bancroft School District will ask voters to exceed state revenue limits on a recurring basis by $525,000 beginning in the 2018-19 school year at the ballot box on April 3.
“We know that is a lot of money, but that amount demonstrates needs we have delayed over the past number of years that we now need to address,” said District Superintendent Rich Hanson.
If the referendum passes, the funds would be used for four major areas: teacher recruitment and retention, curriculum and instruction, property maintenance, and district technology.
The good news for district residents is that the additional funds would come at no increase in school taxes.
“We are retiring our 1998 building addition and the 2013 technology referendum at the end of the school year. That means we can provide the needed funds with no school tax rate increase,” said School Board President Bonnie Warzinski.
Hanson explained how the referendum money would be used. “The funds for curriculum and instruction will not only address updating our current curriculum but will allow us to develop courses our students want and need as we prepare them for post-graduation,” he said.
Many of the school’s textbooks are outdated and need to be replaced, Hanson added. Teachers also use online subscriptions to obtain current information, but they also come at a cost.
“We also need to continue to keep our teachers current in their instructional practices,” he said. “Improving our instruction requires funds for professional development for our teachers.”