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Poynette boosts outreach ahead of Nov. 6 school vote

October 22, 2018 GMT

POYNETTE — The Poynette School District is increasing community outreach for the $28.4 million construction referendum on the ballot Nov. 6.

Superintendent Matt Shappell has opened his office to residents with any questions from 8 to 9 a.m. on every Tuesday from now until the election and is making other arrangements for anyone who can’t make it during that time.

On Saturday, the district provided information to residents at the local Piggly Wiggly — one of about a half-dozen information sessions held already and part an ongoing effort to make sure everyone is informed on the issue, Shappell said.

“In public education, we always tell kids that voting is a huge civic responsibility and being an informed voter is what we hope to instill in our kids,” Shappell said. “Obviously, we’re trying to provide as much factual information for our community as possible so that when they make that ballot decision, they make it from an informed position.”

Poynette School District sent out a four-page referendum newsletter to residents on Oct. 15 and posted all of the referendum information on its website, poynette.k12.wi.us/referendum.

The school district has three school buildings, an elementary/middle school, high school and early learning center in Arlington, and enrolls about 1,100 students each year. If the referendum passes, the district would spend $23 million for a new elementary school for grades K-4, $1 million for improving safety and security at the high school, $1.5 million for high school labs and classrooms and $2.9 million for existing infrastructure throughout the district, Shappell explained in August.

The estimated annual tax impact of the referendum for property owners is $139 on a $100,000 home, according to information provided by the district. For the 2017-18 school year, property owners paid a tax rate of $9.06 per $1,000 of equalized value or $906 on a $100,000 home.