Fall 2022 Referendum

Community Listening Sessions

Superintendent Greg Hartjes will be holding a series of listening sessions across our community throughout September and October. Each Community Listening Session will have a presentation and Q&A about our November 8th referendum and time reserved to hear from our community about three key questions: 

  1. What are two District strengths?
  2. What are two areas in which you feel our District could improve?
  3. If you were superintendent, what would your top priority be?

These sessions are open to all community residents. Families and community members are welcome to attend any session that works with their schedule, regardless of what attendance area they live in. Find all building locations and directions here.

Don't see your school listed? Due to timing, some sessions have been combined. We have provided a recommendation based on the proximity to your school, but you are welcome to attend any session that works for you.

Location  Date & Time
Jefferson Elementary School
Library Media Center (LMC)
(Badger/FRA families encouraged to attend)
Tuesday, Sept 6
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Berry Elementary School
Library Media Center (LMC)
Wednesday, Sept 7
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Edison Elementary
Multi-Purpose Room #103
Wednesday, Sept 14
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Ferber Elementary
Library Media Center (LMC)
Tuesday, Sept 13
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Highlands Elementary
Library Media Center (LMC)
(Dunlap families encouraged to attend)
Thursday, Sept 15
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Foster Elementary
Library Media Center (LMC)
Monday, Sept 19
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Franklin Elementary
Library Media Center (LMC)
(Columbus/ABS families encouraged to attend)
Please park in the Franklin staff parking lot on Lindberg St and enter through the Main Entrance on Jarchow St. If the staff parking lot is full, please park on the surrounding streets.
Tuesday, Sept 20
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Houdini Elementary
Library Media Center (LMC)
Tuesday, Sept 27
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Huntley Elementary School
Library Media Center (LMC)
Wednesday, Sept 28
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Johnston Elementary School 
Library Media Center (LMC)
(Richmond families encouraged to attend)
Monday, Oct 3
6:30-8:00 p.m.
McKinley Elementary School 
Library Media Center (LMC)
(Horizons families encouraged to attend)
Tuesday, Oct 4
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Einstein Middle School
Auditorium
Wednesday, Oct 5
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Kaleidoscope Academy
Commons
Thursday, Oct 6
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Madison Middle School
Library Media Center (LMC)
Tuesday, Oct 11
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Wilson Middle School
Library Media Center (LMC)
Thursday, Oct 13
6:30-8:00 p.m.
North High School
Library Media Center (LMC)
(VNS families encouraged to attend)
Monday, Oct 17
6:30-8:00 p.m.
West High School
Library
Tuesday, Oct 18
6:30-8:00 p.m.
East High School
Library Media Center (LMC) Instructional Area
Wednesday, Oct 19
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Classical School
Forum
Tuesday, Oct 25
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Appleton Public Montessori
Gym
Wednesday, Oct 26
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Any special needs or requests for accommodations should be sent to Clara Kopplinger, at [email protected] or (920) 832-6126, at least 24 hours in advance.


Ballot Questions

At the August 8, 2022 Board meeting, resolutions were passed to include two referendum questions on the November 8th election ballot. The first question will ask for approval to issue bonds in the amount of $129.8 million for capital projects and the second question will ask for approval to exceed the revenue limit by $5 million annually. 

Question Number I: 
Shall the Appleton Area School District, Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $129,800,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school building and facility improvement project consisting of:  district-wide updates to classroom and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) areas, and safety and security improvements; construction of a new elementary school and related site improvements on district-owned land; remodeling and learning space updates at the elementary schools; renovations and construction of additions at the middle schools and the high schools, including for classrooms and high school fitness center and physical education space; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment?


Question Number II: 
Shall the Appleton Area School District, Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $5,000,000 beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, for recurring purposes consisting of expenses for ongoing school building maintenance, cleaning and utility costs, staffing for STEM classes and reducing class sizes in kindergarten, first and second grades?

Referendum Costs

Since the 2014 school year, the District’s tax mill rate, which is used to calculate property taxes, has declined.

The bar graph below shows the tax impact if the community supports a $5 million operational referendum to:

  • Add STEM teaching staff in grades K through 8 
  • Provide smaller class sizes in grades K through 2
  • Operate new spaces 

As well as supports a $129.8 million capital referendum to fund the following projects:

  • Build a new elementary school to relieve overcrowding:   $36 million
  • Add middle school capacity and update STEM areas:   $47 million
  • Update elementary learning spaces:   $13 million
  • Build additions at the high schools:   $33.8 million

Total: $129.8 million

If the Appleton-area voters support both the operating referendum AND capital referendum, the estimated increase to the school portion of your local property taxes would be $0.39, or $39 for each $100,000 of a home’s value.






Who We Are

How We Got Here

What is a Referendum?

Financial Breakdown

Question #1: Capital Projects

Question #2: STEM Staffing

Question #2: Class Size Reduction

Question #2: New Spaces

Elementary Level Benefits

Middle & High School Benefits
Submit Questions Here

Do you have a question about the upcoming November 8 referendum in the Appleton Area School District? Submit it anonymously below and we will add it to a Frequently Asked Question page on our website. We'll continue to answer questions from our community right up to the election. Add your question here.