All signs point to GL School paying $500 variance

Superintendent Mary Allen explains to Principal Gina Baxter and School Board members the school must pay for a zoning ordinance variance so it may install its new sign.

“Does the Green Lake School need to be rezoned?”

That is the question Green Lake School Board members mulled over last week Wednesday when they were informed a school sign could not be installed on the property due to city ordinances.

According to Superintendent Mary Allen, the Green Lake School has been planning for more than a year and a half to install a sign by the front entrance, ever since 2017 high school graduate Sully DeCramer came up with the idea and raised money for it.

The sign will be 3 feet tall and 8 feet wide and will have “Green Lake School District” written on it.

The school was planning on installing it soon, but hit a snag when Allen informed the school board members signs were not allowed on the school property because of how the property was zoned.

“The school sign is all ready to go, but we found out we need to get a variance,” she said. “ We were told we he had to have a variance for our sign because we are zoned P-1, which is public/semi-public and there are no signs allowed on those types of properties. We had to put in a lot of paperwork and pay $500 [for the variance].”

Read the full story in the Oct. 25, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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