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By Joe Block 

Wisconsin Heights revises capital improvement plan


August 9, 2018

The Wisconsin Heights School Board recently completed its Board retreat. District Administrator Jordan Sinz provided insights into the purpose and events at a retreat.

“The purpose of the board retreat was multifaceted.  First and foremost, it was an excellent opportunity for board members to get to know each other on a more personal level and it also afforded them the chance to do the same with our administrative team.  Multiple team building exercises were utilized to open positive lines of communication for both board members and administrators.  We also used retreat time to reflect on the community feedback that we received at the Future Search event.  This reflection allowed us an opportunity to discuss progress and future action plans,” said Sinz.

At their July 23 meeting, the Board approved updates to the 10-year facility improvement plan. The money for this plan is sourced from Fund 46.

2013’s Wisconsin Act 336 created Fund 46, which funds the District’s long-term capital improvement plans. In July 2017 the District created their Fund 46. Capital projects are laid out in a 10-year long-range facility improvement plan. This plan requires board approval, and can be modified by the Board. Fund 46 is funded from transfers from Fund 10, which is an instructional fund. Monies in Fund 46 are available for expenditure no sooner than 5 years after the creation of the fund. For Wisconsin Heights, this will be July of 2022. The Fund 46 monies may only be used for projects identified in the 10-year facility improvement plan.

Wisconsin Height’s improvement plan splits items into three priority categories: high, medium, and low.

High priority items include: roof repair, safet4y netting at the High School softball field, and Black Earth roof replacement. Some medium priority items include: IT upgrades, LED lights, improvements to Mazomanie Elementary, and classroom upgrades.

In regard to the long list of facility improvements, Sinz said, “It is accurate to say that some will be completed, and others will simply not get completed because they are not a high enough priority.”


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