Spring, 2014 | ELECTION WATCH • INTER-COUNTY LEADER
Luck school referendum asks money to meet technology, operational needs
Lower state aid a factor in need to exceed state levy limits
Gary King | Editor
LUCK - Taxpayers in the Luck School District next Tuesday, April 1, will be asked for permission to override state levy limits to raise $300,000 a year for five years for technology initiatives and operating expenses.
The per year net cost to a taxpayer in the Luck School District would be $32 a year on a $100,000 home or $58.69 a year on a $150,000 home.
Superintendent Rick Palmer has stated that the referendum is needed because Gov. Walker cut over $1 billion in state aid several years ago and also limited the district to zero-, zero- and $75-per-student increases over the last three years, respectively. Prior to that the district received about $250 per student increase per year.
Palmer said it's become exceedingly difficult to make budgetary ends meet in light of limited state aid, open enrollment and other factors.
The district managed to pass a $1.2 million referendum approximately a year ago to do several major and minor facility upgrades, including roofing, HVAC, paint, flooring and electrical upgrade, on top of plumbing replacement and bathroom refurbishing.
For the last four or five years, school district voters have been told at the district's annual meeting that "sooner or later" the district would have to come to voters for help in maintaining a budget to meet the needs of students.
"We must keep up with providing our students the technological capacity to compete and provide the programs our students need," Palmer said.
Specifically, the district, over the next five years, will need to:
• Cover an estimated $200,000 operating budget shortage
• Maintain its current programs, both curricular and extracurricular
• Relace an outdated elementary computer lab
• Relace an outdated high school computer lab
• Replace outdated laptops for students in grades 9 through 12
• Obtain a mobile elementary lab
• Replace teacher workstations and add Promethean boards
• Upgrade the building's technology capacity to keep pace with current technology
The district's website, lucksd.k12.wi.us, offers more information on the proposed referendum.