The following referendum information was sent to DDHS students today via their student email:
Did you know that seven periods per day may be the reality next year if the district’s referendum on the Feb. 17 ballot doesn’t pass?
That’s one of the options for financial cuts being considered should the $1.25 million, two-year non-recurring referendum fail at the polls.
The district is in need of the funds to raise it’s “revenue limit,” which is the amount it can get from state and local taxpayers to fund our public school programs and staff.
Reducing the number of periods in a day will also reduce the number of teachers in the school, resulting in:
- Fewer course options and electives
- Fewer teachers
- More crowded classrooms
- Fewer opportunities for you as students
There would be other cuts made across the district that we feel will negatively impact student learning at all levels, should the referendum fail.
The referendum is the only method the district has to obtain more funds needed to maintain the current staff and slate of programs and electives we offer in our five Delavan-Darien schools. It’s up to voters to decide the school district’s future. If it passes, the tax impact on property owners would be an increase of an estimated 56 cents per $1,000 of property value, or about $56.16 per year for a home valued at $100,000 (see more on our referendum calculator page).
Students who are 18 or will by by February 17 are reminded to vote, as is every other Delavan-Darien citizen of voting age. Every vote counts.
If you or other voters in the community you know have questions, please contact Mike Heine, coordinator of school/community relations (262-728-2642 ext 4813) or Superintendent Robert Crist (262-728-2642 ext 4806).