Referendum Press Conference and Media Coverage

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The Howard-Suamico School District hosted a press conference Tuesday, January 9, 2018 to discuss plans for the upcoming referendum and answer questions. You can follow coverage of the event at the links below:

WBAY Channel 2 Report – Aisha Morales
The Press – Ben Rodgers
Green Bay Press-Gazette – Samantha Hernandez

HSSD Board of Education Approves Referendum Question for April 3, 2018 Ballot

Revenue limit override request is for five years, $5.85 million annually, to support reducing class sizes, employee compensation, and facility maintenance with a neutral property tax impact of $0 per $100,000 of property value.

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At its regular meeting Monday, January 8, 2018, the Howard-Suamico School District Board of Education unanimously voted to approve placing an operational referendum question on the April 3, 2018 ballot. Voters will consider a request to allow the Board authority to override the state revenue limit for a period of five years in the amount of $5.85 million annually to support the District’s operations. The proposed question will have a neutral property tax impact of $0 per $100,000 of property value.

If successful, referendum funds would be directed toward three critical operational areas: 1.) Reduce class sizes in grades K-12 by adding 30 classroom teaching positions over a two-year period; 2.) Enhance employee compensation by closing a salary gap between HSSD and its neighboring districts; and 3.) Facility maintenance needs in accordance with the District’s master facilities study, following two consecutive years of deferred facilities funding.

The Board’s decision was guided and supported by the work of a volunteer Community Task Force which studied the District’s funding challenges and presented its recommendations to the Board November 13, 2017. In preparation for its recommendations to the Board, the Task Force met four times in September and October 2017 to study state education funding, HSSD budget and tax levy history, and results from two community-wide surveys following the District’s April 2017 referendum. The primary consideration from both community and Task Force feedback for the Board was placing an end date on the referendum funding request.

The complete ballot language is listed below:

“Shall the Howard-Suamico School District, Brown County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section l2l.9I, Wisconsin Statutes, for a duration of five years beginning with the 2018-2019 school year and ending with the 2022-2023 school year by an amount of $5,850,000 each year for non-recurring purposes consisting of reducing class sizes, employee compensation, and facility maintenance?”

For more information on the HSSD referendum, visit www.hssd.k12.wi.us/referendum.

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HSSD Board of Education Approves Referendum Question for April 3, 2018 Ballot

Revenue limit override request is for five years, $5.85 million annually, to support reducing class sizes, employee compensation, and facility maintenance with a neutral property tax impact of $0 per $100,000 of property value.

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At its regular meeting Monday, January 8, 2018, the Howard-Suamico School District Board of Education unanimously voted to approve placing an operational referendum question on the April 3, 2018 ballot. Voters will consider a request to allow the Board authority to override the state revenue limit for a period of five years in the amount of $5.85 million annually to support the District’s operations. The proposed question will have a neutral property tax impact of $0 per $100,000 of property value.

If successful, referendum funds would be directed toward three critical operational areas: 1.) Reduce class sizes in grades K-12 by adding 30 classroom teaching positions over a two-year period; 2.) Enhance employee compensation by closing a salary gap between HSSD and its neighboring districts; and 3.) Facility maintenance needs in accordance with the District’s master facilities study, following two consecutive years of deferred facilities funding.

The Board’s decision was guided and supported by the work of a volunteer Community Task Force which studied the District’s funding challenges and presented its recommendations to the Board November 13, 2017. In preparation for its recommendations to the Board, the Task Force met four times in September and October 2017 to study state education funding, HSSD budget and tax levy history, and results from two community-wide surveys following the District’s April 2017 referendum. The primary consideration from both community and Task Force feedback for the Board was placing an end date on the referendum funding request.

The complete ballot language is listed below:

“Shall the Howard-Suamico School District, Brown County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section l2l.9I, Wisconsin Statutes, for a duration of five years beginning with the 2018-2019 school year and ending with the 2022-2023 school year by an amount of $5,850,000 each year for non-recurring purposes consisting of reducing class sizes, employee compensation, and facility maintenance?”

For more information on the HSSD referendum, visit www.hssd.k12.wi.us/referendum.

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Garceau Named HSSD Director of Pupil Services

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The Howard-Suamico School District is pleased to announce the promotion of Ms. Jennifer Garceau to Director of Pupil Services, effective July 1, 2018. Ms. Garceau has served as an educator in HSSD for 18 years, including the last four years as Associate Director of Pupil Services.

“Jennie is passionate about supporting the learning potential of every child,” said Superintendent Damian LaCroix. “She has the right blend of character, competence, and chemistry to add significant long-term value to HSSD.”

Ms. Garceau began her tenure in the District as a special education teacher, team leader and department chair at Bay View Middle School for 14 years. As an administrator in the Pupil Services department she has led networking with administration, staff, students, families, and community agencies to ensure that best practices in the area of special education are being implemented; planned and delivered professional development to both teachers and support staff; and guided District-level teams in evidence-based best practices including co-teaching, alternative education planning, and implementing tiers of support for learners. Ms. Garceau also serves as an adjunct professor for the Viterbo University Graduate Program specializing in inclusionary practices for diverse learners.

“I am honored and excited to serve and lead in this role,” said Garceau. “I look forward to continued collaboration with the staff, students, and families of Howard-Suamico.”

Ms. Garceau will assume the post being vacated when current director Jerry Wieland retires in June 2018.

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