10/25/19 Intro to Operational Referendum

In the Fall of 2016, the Fort Atkinson community approved a $2.25 Million non-recurring operational referendum for a period of three years.  As we approach the end of the three years, the School Board has decided that we will go to referendum in April of 2020. The School Board is committed to engaging community members in all of its decisions.  To begin the engagement process, a community-wide survey invitation has been sent to all School District of Fort Atkinson homes. This survey will be open until November 11, 2019.

The community survey can be taken online at www.fortschools.org/communitysurvey.  Paper copies are available at Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Senior Center, Fort Municipal Building, and each public school office.  The community survey is offered in both English and Spanish. Completed paper surveys may be returned to any public school office or the District Office, 201 Park St, Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or mailed to the District Office.  Please look for a summary of the survey results which will be shared with the School Board in November.  

Given what we learn from this survey, we will dive deeper into some of the solutions our community is suggesting by engaging a cross-section of our community in several one-hour-long focus group sessions in the first two weeks of December.  Based on the data gathered by the community survey and focus groups, the operational referendum question will then be decided in January by the School Board for the April 2020 ballot.  

Thank you in advance for your time and thoughts.  If you have any questions, please contact Marissa Weidenfeller, Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, at 920-563-7800 ext. 8890 or communityengagement@fortschools.org