Dear School District of Mayville Residents,
As your superintendent, it is with great enthusiasm that I share with you about the decision of the school board to proceed to an April 4 referendum. On January 19, the board held a well attended public meeting to decide how to address the district’s facilities as identified by the Facility Study Committee. This decision is the culmination of over four years of hard work and thoughtful consideration by your board, school administration and staff, and most importantly your fellow community members. These groups worked together to identify the needs of our high school, middle school and primary school in the areas of safety and security, infrastructure, learning spaces, athletics and fine arts.
The Facility Study Committee did a phenomenal job of digging in deep and identifying the undeniable needs of the structures themselves as well as the needs of the students that learn within the structures. They collaborated with Bray Architects and Findorff Construction to provide the Board with solutions to the identified needs. At the same time, they listened to community feedback, reviewed a 2014 community survey to lead the prioritization process, and helped shape a final solution that reflects your feedback. You spoke, and they listened.
Ultimately, the board voted to come to the taxpayers on April 4 with a referendum not to exceed $24,500,000 to fulfill these needs. The most current solution, concept, and design is posted on our website. The District will be communicating the details of the final solution over the next few weeks. The board believes that this is what our community needs. Our families need safe, secure and innovative schools they feel confident in sending their children to. Our employers need a school system that has programs and equipment preparing qualified employees to ensure a thriving business community for generations to come. Our taxpayers deserve quality facilities where their dollars are a positive investment in their own community’s economic growth and property values. Most importantly, our children in all grades deserve facilities where they can thrive and grow in a safe and secure environment. They deserve a space where they can prepare to compete in a global society while also leading our community. They are our future, and it is our duty to provide them with learning spaces that enable them to fulfill their potential.
I may be new to your district, but the process of studying the facilities with many of your neighbors and school staff members has allowed me to quickly connect with the people here and identify with the values of this community. It is with that understanding that I acknowledge this has been a long, sometimes controversial, process. Our district experienced a failed referendum and a year long dialogue about potential consolidation before coming back to you with a future-thinking referendum. That is why I, as the leader of your school district, am committed to getting this right and delivering to you what your community needs.
I do need your help to achieve that goal. In the weeks and months to come, the district will be sharing more with you about the details of this referendum via newsletters, in The Pionier and through open houses. We will be asking you to participate in this process. Please stay connected with us as we continue to communicate with complete transparency.
Superintendent Mayville School District
920-387-7963 ext. 1001