Thank you OASD community! On November 3, 2020, voters approved both our request for operating funding (Q1: 57% yes to 43% no) and our request for capital funding (Q2: 57% yes to 43% no). Updated 11.03.20 at 10 p.m.; 100% reporting:
- Question 1 PASS: YES = 22,242 (57.1%) NO = 16,680 (42.8%)
- Question 2 PASS: YES = 21,985 (56.6%) NO = 16,832 (43.4%)
Read the full news release here: Voters Approve Oshkosh Schools Requests for Both Operating and Capital Funding
Since the voter-approved November 3 referendum, the District has been hard at work developing plans to address facility needs. Monthly progress reports will be published with the goal of creating a shared understanding of the District's ongoing referendum work.
About the 2020 Referendum
On November 3, 2020, Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) residents were able to vote on two school funding requests: one to renew existing operating funds, and another to fund school facility improvements. The requests align with OASD’s strategic plan and its long-range facilities plan - both of which were developed with extensive community input.
Q1: Renew $7.95 million in annual operating funds previously approved by the community in 2014 and 2016 with no tax increase. Funds would help enable the district to continue to advance its community-developed strategic plan, while following its guiding principle of students first by sustaining academic programs, technology for learning, and student support services.
Q2: Invest $107 million in capital funds to advance the first phase of our long-range facilities plan, by building a new middle school and a new elementary school, closing three aging/outdated facilities, enhancing school safety and security, and addressing deferred maintenance and infrastructure needs. The result would be consolidated and modern schools that are more efficient, effective and equitable - with fewer school buildings to maximize use and efficiency.
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Answers to Your Questions
We continue to receive terrific input from staff and community members. Take a moment to view a quick, 10-minute Q&A video with Deputy Superintendent Dr. Dave Gundlach answering FAQ's submitted by staff and community members. Or check out the following additional FAQ document.
- Why are you asking for an operating referendum now?
- Why are you asking for a capital referendum now?
- What if Q1 (operational) fails?
- What if Q2 (capital) fails?
- What will these referendums cost me?
- Why are we building larger elementary and middle schools than what we have currently?
- Why weren’t buildings repaired before?
- What maintenance costs would still exist if Q2 is not approved and we don't move forward with Phase One of the long-term facilities plan?
- Why do you need buildings when so much learning is happening online and virtually?