Even amid a mountain of data and projections, the questions in front of the Green Lake School District are simple:
One asks for permission to exceed the state revenue limit to fill projected deficits this coming school year and next.
The other asks for permission for long-term borrowing to address maintenance needs at the aging building — specifically the heating/ventilating/air conditioning (HVAC) system and failing roofing system.
Although this breakdown has not been decided officially, it appears the Green Lake School Board will approve taking this course of action for a Sept. 14 referendum at the regular board meeting Wednesday, July 28.
That was the indication given during a special board meeting Tuesday. It was an opportunity to continue discussions and begin laying groundwork for the district’s third referendum attempt this year.
The district’s first two referendum attempts this year asked for operations funds only, and both were defeated at the polls.
The first sank with 51 percent opposition in February, while a second referendum — asking for less money — faced 56 percent opposition in April.
As a result, the board made $430,000 in budget cuts at the April meeting, but even so, more deficits lay ahead. All the while, the maintenance needs are great.
“Our roofing system is a real mess,” board member Gordy Farrell said. Read the full article in the July 22 Ripon Commonwealth Press.