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Kegonsa Elementary andStoughton High School.Director of BusinessServices Erica Pickett saidstaff has been working onthe latest referendum forthe past month. Prelimi-nary plans call for a ref-erendum to be held nextApril. In that scenario, theschool board would haveuntil Jan. 18 to approvea resolution. If the boardmoved the referendum toFebruary, they would haveto approve the measure byDec. 7, with public hear-ings scheduled for January.“Once a final decision ismade, we can really moveahead with opportunitiesto educate the community,whether it be listening ses-sions, printed materials,those types of things,” shesaid.Pickett said there is anupcoming school boardretreat scheduled to talk more about referendumpossibilities. She saidbased on how the districthandled the 2010 referen-dum, listening sessions inthe community could beheld in November, whenschool officials could pro-vide information aboutpast referenda and currentplans.“We would want to getthat on our calendar soonerthan later,” she said.School officials couldlikely determine theamount needed for the ref-erendum in November orDecember, Pickett said.“It could be a referen-dum combined with costreduction or cuts,” shesaid.
School board treasur-er Donna Tarpinian saidboard members need to seeresults from a communitysurvey before firming upreferendum plans.“It’s really going todrive whether we do thereferendum or not, andwhat we need to do,” shesaid. “We have to be armedwith information before wemake any decisions. We’retalking about doing strate-gic things before we reallyknow the data.”School board presidentLiz Menzer asked Pickettto provide members copiesof past surveys to be dis-cussed at their next meet-ing on Aug. 19 to get newmembers up to speed. Shesaid getting feedback fromthe community sooner thanlater is critical to the pro-cess.“If we get a big enoughsample, it is the indica-tor we’ve used previouslyas to whether or not ourcommunity is predisposedto support a referendum,”Menzer said. “If they arenot, we need every singleminute we can to be con-vincing them otherwise.If it’s favorable, if weknew everyone was feelingpretty positive, the timingbecomes less critical. Thisis a big decision point forthe board, and so the moreinformation we have, Ithink the more responsiblea decision we can make onbehalf of the district.”Citing an economy thatis “still not great in someareas,” she said a lot hashappened in the area sincethe 2010 referendumpassed.“This is going to be adecision point for a lot of community stakeholders,and so we want to makesure we have ample time toreally tell the good story,”Menzer said.District AdministratorDr. Tim Onsager suggestedthat board members dis-cuss the timing of a poten-tial referendum at theirnext meeting.Onsager said a Februaryreferendum is possible, butwould “back everythingup” in terms of the time-line in getting informationout to the public and staff and the board approvingthe referendum.“There’s pros and consfor a February (referen-dum) versus April (but) wecan certainly do that,” hesaid.Onsager, who will betalking to staff in Novem-ber about the referendum,said he didn’t want a situ-ation where district pro-grams would essentially be“pitted against each other”in explaining the possibleconsequences of a failedreferendum to residents.“You’ve heard otherdistricts say, ‘If it doesn’tpass, we’re going toeliminate ‘X,’ and this isgone,’” he said.“It’s a fine line, becauseour taxpayers want to knowsome specifics – what hap-pens if the referendumdoesn’t (pass)? What infor-mation do we provide themwithout going so specific?”
More input needed on referendum
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De Laruelle joins UNG reporting staff
Scott DeLaruellehas joinedthe staff of UnifiedNewspaperGroup.TheGreen Baynative comes to UNGafter five years with the
, wherehe was involved in everyaspect of that weeklynewspaper’s publica-tion. At UNG, he willfill a variety of roles,most notably coveringeducation in both Stough-ton and Oregon.De Laruelle succeedsDerek Spellman, whomthe Stoughton AreaSchool District hired lastmonth to fill its newly cre-ated community relationsposition.
Reports collected from thelog books at the StoughtonPolice Department.
A 15-year-old girlwas cited for battery after afight on the near Mandt Park.
A 38-year-oldman was cited for openintoxicants, disorderly con-duct and possession of drugparaphernalia at Mandt Park.
Officers founda man lying in the grassnear North Page Street andProspect Lane. The intoxicat-ed man said he was just tak-ing a break before continuinghis walk home.
A 38-year-old woman called police foradvise about her 16-year-oldniece who has had computercontact with Brian Warner(a.k.a. Marilyn Manson). Thewoman said the contact islewd and she believed War-ner to be a pedophile.
A 24-year-oldwoman was arrested fordisorderly conduct after aphysical altercation with herlive-in boyfriend on the 200block of West Main Street.
A resident onRidge Street called city hallstating that he or she hadthree woodchucks trying toget in the back door. The resi-dent was given suggestionson using a live trap.
A 36-year-oldwoman complained aboutyoung women who were top-less in the parking lot of TrollBeach. The girls were goneupon the officer’s arrival.
– Mark Ignatowski
SASD to hold central registration at high school
The Stoughton AreaSchool District will holdits 2013-14 central registra-tion for all students from5-year-old kindergartenthrough 12th grade in thecoming weeks.The two sessions are 7a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday,Aug. 15 and 8 a.m. to 7p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20 atStoughton High School,600 Lincoln Ave. Peopleare asked to use the Dev-onshire Road entrance tothe parking lot and enterthrough Pool Door #24.At the registration, schoolpictures will be taken andpeople will receive thefollowing: a letter fromdistrict administrator Dr.Tim Onsager, attendanceinformation, school-spe-cific information, includ-ing supply lists, bus routeinformation and rules foreligible students. Rulesinclude bus identified cardsfor River Bluff students, freeand reduced meals applica-tions, breakfast/lunch menusfor September, a districtcalendar/handbook, studentinsurance information andRiver Bluff and StoughtonHigh School schedules andelementary teacher place-ments.