School district to ask Marshfield residents for $12 million
By Kris Leonhardt
MARSHFIELD — During the Aug. 10 Marshfield School Board meeting, members voted to exceed revenue limits and ask $3 million for four consecutive years in an override referendum.
The motion, brought forth by the Finance Committee, came in anticipation of the expiration of the current referendum, which provides $2.5 million per year and terminates at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
The district’s five-year budget forecast indicates the possibility of a $6 million deficit by the 2020-2021 school year if revenues are not increased.
In a 6-1 vote — with board members Frances Bohon, Dorothy Chaney, Mark Konrardy, Dale Yakaites, Amber Leifheit, and Marlene Stueland voting yes and Mary Carney voting no — the resolution was passed to place the referendum on the city ballot coinciding with the Nov. 8 general election.
In the event that the referendum is not passed, the Finance Committee has developed a “budget reduction list,” which details the programs, positions, and allocations to be cut to balance the budget.
“We had people participate at the building level, who brought their suggestions forward to the administrators,” explained Leifheit. “The administrators looked at that, sent it back to the buildings. It came back, again, to central office and then back to the administrators.
“So it’s really been through an extensive process, trying to find areas that we would have to reduce. I know none of us want these reductions to happen.”
A complete list of the proposed reductions is available at marshfieldschools.org/cms/lib010/WI01919828/Centricity/Domain/4/ProposedReductions.pdf.