In an effort to address significant budget shortfalls, members of the Merrill Area Public School Board voted unanimously at its Dec. 20, 2017, regular board meeting to place an operational funding referendum question on the April 3, 2018 ballot.
The proposed operating referendum asks for $2.5 million, for each of the next four years. If approved by voters, the referendum will cost an estimated $6 per year for each $100,000 of property value, over the current 2017-18 school tax levy. Funding will support industrial and technical education, maintain current programs, high-quality staff, and provide for priority building maintenance.
In addition to confirming potential budget reductions that will be required if the operating referendum is not approved, the Board will explore future consolidations to support practical use of District facilities, limited resources, and declining enrollment.
“We would like to thank our community for participating in the Community Survey this past November,” said Superintendent Dr. John Sample, “This feedback has provided valuable information and clear direction to help us shape the April 3, 2018 Operating Referendum.” With 62% of all survey participants supporting increased funding the Board will focus potential funding on three key priorities: 1) enhanced industrial/technical education and shop courses; 2) maintaining current programs and high-quality staff; and, 3) priority building maintenance.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org; visit our website at www.mapsedu.org/ref2018; call Dr. John Sample, Superintendent at 715.536.4581; or stop by for the Superintendent “Open Door” on Fridays, Jan. 26-March 23, 4-5 p.m. at the District Office, 1111 N. Sales St.