Operational Referendum 2022
The Verona Area School District (VASD) Board of Education voted on July 11, 2022 to place an operational referendum question on the ballot for the November 8, 2022 election. The referendum, if approved, will give the VASD Board of Education permission to invest an additional $19M in the Verona area's public schools to help ensure our bright future. This added revenue authority will likely be used in the coming years as our district navigates future two-year budget cycles. The Board does not have to use this added authority.
With a passing operational referendum, the Verona area can position ourselves for the present and into the future to:
- provide for sufficient numbers of staff as student enrollment continues to increase
- maintain desirable teacher: student ratios and class sizes
- offer competitive compensation to retain and attract high-quality and diverse educators
- maintain wages with the pace of inflation
- offset the negative ramifications of state public education funding budget
Referendum School and Community Information Sessions
In April and May, VASD hosted referendum information sessions at 10 school sites with about 550 participants. We also welcomed over 170 community members to in-person, live streamed, and virtual information sessions in English and Spanish. During the question and answer portions of the sessions, participants surfaced questions about how to best share this information with the community, the public education funding process, the referendum process, what happens if the referendum does not pass, and class size.
The Board of Education voted to place an operational referendum question on the ballot in July for a November 8, 2022 referendum. We will reach far and wide into the community to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn more about the referendum and have their questions answered. Please join us at any of the Community Information Sessions listed below. The presentation shared at the sessions is also available by clicking on "Charting our Path Forward" below or clicking here.
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Check out the links below for an indepth look into the operational referendum
Information Sheet Summer and Fall 2022
Ficha Informativa Verano y Ontono 2022
"Wisconsin approves majority of school referenda statewide" Wisconsin Public Radio
"Verona school referendum overwhelmingly approved by voters" Channel 3000
"Verona voters approved $19 million school operations referendum" Verona Press
"Dane County school referendums all pass" The Cap Times
"Wisconsin's funding formula pushes school districts to referendum" Daily Jefferson County Union
"Across Wisconsin, school referendums for basic budget expenses hit 10-year high" Channel 3000
"Proposed referendum to shift costs to school operations" Verona Area Press
"Historic inflation poses challenge to teacher contracts" Verona Area Press
"Public schools seeking record $1.9B in spending authority through referendums" Wisconsin Public Radio
"Dane County superintendents hope people will support looming referenda" NBC15
"'This is the time to be united': Superintendents unite to urge lawmakers for more education funding" 27WKOW
"School district operating referendum to appear on November ballot" Verona Area Press
"Verona Area School District unveils plan to lower mill rate ahead of possible operating referendum" Verona Area Press
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the referendum language on the ballot?
Did school districts just receive more federal funds in the form of COVID-19 recovery support?
Did I hear on the news that Wisconsin schools will receive more money from the State?
How can I learn more about the operational referendum?
How was the April 2017 facilities referendum spent?
What is the difference between an operating referendum and a facilities referendum?
Why would we need to go to a referendum now?
What is meant by “mill rate”?
What will the impact of the operating referendum be for taxpayers?
How can a referendum have a mill rate neutral tax impact?
Don’t states fund public education?
Why are so many schools going to referendum?
If the Board votes to put an operating referendum question on the ballot, would my taxes go down if I vote “no”?
If the recurring referendum were to pass, does the Board of Education need to use all of the new revenue authority?
Will there be additional interest savings lost if the Verona Area School District (VASD) spends more on operations and less on debt service as a result of this referendum passing?