Referendum Update – December 16, 2021
We have been working on our facilities planning more than a year, and the December 15, 2021 meeting, the School Board unanimously approved a referendum question for the April 5, 2022 election.
Based on feedback received in the community survey, the question is: $11.7 million for safety and security improvements, including a secure entry and office, cafeteria and commons; additions and renovations to tech ed and agriculture, renovations to classrooms, including 4K and 5K, art, special education; improvements to the Elementary School gym, and site improvements.
Some of the projects included in the proposed referendum plan are:
- Secure main entrance, central office, commons, and cafeteria addition/renovation
- Technology education addition and renovation
- Elementary School phy ed and multipurpose space renovations
- Classroom renovations, including vocal music, art, special education, 4K and 5K, and agriculture
The estimated average tax impact is $1.62 per $1,000 of fair market property value, $162 a year, or $13.50 a month on a home valued at $100,000.
More information about the referendum plans and projects, the average estimated tax impact, and upcoming referendum information meetings will be available for our school and community in January 2022. Questions? please call the District Office at (715) 255-8552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view preliminary plans.
Update: Community Survey results
On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Rob DeMeuse, PhD, Research Director & Project Manager at School Perceptions, presented the Community Survey results to the School Board.
We appreciate everyone who attended the listening session and took the time to complete the survey - Thank You!
What’s next? The School Board is currently evaluating the responses and considering potential next steps for the District’s facilities needs.
October 20 Survey Q&A Presentation
Facilities Frequently Asked Questions
Community Survey – This Fall!
The Loyal School Board and the District are in the process of long-range facilities planning for future infrastructure needs and educational improvements. We are exploring options for updating our school building, grounds, and athletic facilities.
Community input is a very important part of the process of determining priorities and planning, which is why we are conducting a survey. The purpose of the survey is to gather broad input on potential plans to improve our educational spaces for today’s learners and for the next generation. The survey will help the District and School Board decide which projects should be funded in the future.
If you live in the District boundaries, look for a survey in the mail this October. The survey is administered by School Perceptions, an independent, Wisconsin-based firm with expertise in conducting school district community surveys. All survey data is returned to School Perceptions and all responses are kept confidential.
How do I take the survey?
Two ways: you can take the survey online or return it by mail.
1. Go to the survey website: http://www.Feedback2000.com
2. Enter the Survey Access Number printed on the survey
If you do not have Internet access, please return the survey to any school office or mail to:
PO Box 607
Slinger, WI 53086
Additional Surveys: The Survey Access Number can be used only once. To obtain additional surveys for other adults in your household, please call the District Office at 715-255- 8552, or email email@example.com. The survey will be open until November 1, 2021.
When will survey results be available?
Survey results will be presented at a School Board meeting in November and will also be available on the District website. Click here to view the proposed facilities plans.
Facilities Information Meeting Presentation
View the May 12 facilities presentation here.
The meeting was recorded and can be viewed here.
Facilities Planning Information
Our mission in the School District of Loyal is to prepare our students to be successful. We could not be successful in our mission without the ongoing support of our staff, families and community - thank you!
Our vision is to provide an education which will promote the maximum intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of each learner and will help to develop individual talents to their fullest extent. This is our highest educational priority.
To help us reach this vision, we are in the process of long-range facilities planning. The goal of the School Board and Administration is to proactively identify educational and facility needs and to understand what the community’s priorities are for potential facilities improvements.
Last summer, the School Board hired HSR Architects to conduct a facilities study. A facilities study is a comprehensive review of our buildings and grounds, school infrastructure, and learning environments. The study identified potential areas of infrastructure, maintenance and educational improvements and have resulted in preliminary master plan concepts.
Our buildings and grounds are well-maintained, but some of our aging buildings need updating. Loyal school buildings were originally built in 1937. Seven building additions have been made over the past 83 years (1937,1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1975, and 1997). The last major educational improvement projects in our district were in the late 1990’s. Our educational spaces need to be reconfigured to create flexible and efficient learning spaces that enhance student learning and support teaching.
The School Board has been preparing for facilities updates with responsible financial planning. The time is right to be proactive and identify needs now so that we can plan for the future, maintain high quality, innovative, and safe educational facilities for all students, and be good stewards of our District resources.
All staff were invited to fill out a questionnaire last summer. Their feedback has been incorporated into the facilities planning and future staff engagement is planned.
Our promise to the community is to be open and transparent about the facilities planning process. We are sharing regular facilities planning updates in our school communications and in the local papers to keep citizens, staff, and families informed.
A community-wide facilities survey will be mailed to all households in our district next fall to ask for feedback on potential facilities solutions. With this feedback, the School Board nd the District will determine the next steps in creating a plan that reflects the priorities of our community.