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The Marinette School District Rightsizing Solution reduces the total number of school buildings from the current 6 schools to 4 schools, thereby saving long-term annual operating expenses, and reallocating limited annual revenue to educational programming rather than to repairs, maintenance and operation of under-utilized buildings.
To achieve this, the referendum question on the November 3, 2020 ballot asks voters to approve capital funds to build additions at Park and Merryman Elementary Schools, equip the new additions with modern learning environments, add sufficient parking, and make necessary site improvements. The referendum question also provides for building maintenance at the Middle and High Schools.
WHY: The plan invests in updating and maintaining four (4) schools and rightsizes the district to match the projected long-term enrollment (which impacts the revenue the district receives). This plan addresses long-term maintenance at four schools while avoiding expensive repairs/maintenance (roofs, equipment, water seepage) in under-utilized buildings.
If the referendum is approved, the District will:
- Add onto Merryman Elementary School, making it a Early Childhood-Grade 1 school;
- Add onto Park Elementary School, making it a Grades 2-4 school;
- Complete repairs/maintenance at Marinette Middle School, for Grades 5-8 (current);
- Complete repairs/maintenance at Marinette High School, for Grades 9-12 (current).