Referendum Progress

Referendum Background

On November 3, 2020, the School District of Omro proposed two questions to voters. One question seeks an operational referendum and the other seeks to borrow funds for building improvements and repairs.

Why:

Operating Referendum:
Question 1 requests $850,000 in annual operating funds, each year, for the next four years.

Funds would support operational priorities of:

  • Technology Infrastructure

  • Learning & Academics

  • Safety & Security

Current needs are:

  • Wireless Replacement

  • Infrastructure Upgrades

  • iPads

  • Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Resources

  • Learning Management Platforms

  • Interactive TVs

  • Cameras replacement

  • Classroom furniture replacements

If approved by voters, the operating referendum will have no resulting net tax (levy) mill rate increase, because the district is paying off existing debt. 

Capital Referendum:
Question 2 requests $9.4M in capital funds for the purpose of paying the cost of district-wide school improvement projects for educational programming; repairs and replacements; and safety and security. The projects consisting of capital maintenance, building infrastructure and site improvements, including roof replacement, HVAC upgrades and Americans with Disabilities Act updates; remodeling at district schools, including for a student fabrication lab; construction of a maintenance shop; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures, and equipment.  These projects will address deferred maintenance and infrastructure needs. 

Referendum 2020 flyer Omro moving education and facilities forward

H.B. Patch Elementary School

Omro Elementary School

Omro Middle/High School

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

  • Remodel the library media center

REPAIRS/REPLACEMENTS

  • Repair and replace the roof;

  • Update interior fixtures

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

  • Replace fiber Internet connections between buildings

  • Remodel library and computer lab

SAFETY & SECURITY

  • Replace essential safety and security equipment (phones, generators, and public address system)

REPAIRS/REPLACEMENTS

  • Remove, replace gym roof

  • Replace heating and ventilating system

  • Replace worn flooring

  • Resurface parking lot and improve traffic flow

  • Update interior fixtures

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

  • Add a fab lab for technology education

SAFETY & SECURITY

  • Address American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance issues including bathrooms, elevator and stage lift, gym and performance arts seating 

  • Replace essential safety  & security equipment (phones, generators, and public address system)

REPAIRS/REPLACEMENTS

  • Replace heating, cooling and ventilating system

  • Replace fiber Internet connections between buildings

  • Replace failing kitchen equipment, water softeners

  • Replace worn flooring

  • Regrade and resurface service road

  • Replace athletic scoreboards

  • Build a maintenance shop for proper vehicle and equipment storage