• Operating Referendum Exploration 2022

  • The Verona Area School District (VASD) Board of Education is exploring an operating referendum question for the community to vote on in 2022. Thanks to the community's support of the 2017 facilities referendum, the Verona area is home to an award-winning high school facility and we have been able to make improvements to other district buildings.

    Teacher and students enjoy a book together

    Now, in the same way the community did with the facilities referendum, it is time to maintain the Verona area's outstanding educational experience for our students and families and think forward to making sure that experience is available in the future.

    With a passing operating 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

    The referendum, if approved, would invest $15M over four years in the Verona area's public schools to help ensure our bright future. Thanks to the smart fiscal management at VASD, the referendum will have a neutral mill rate impact on the Verona community.

    Referendum Community Information Sessions

    We've hosted 11 staff information sessions and four community information sessions so far. Once the sessions are completed in mid-May, we will prepare a report on the themes raised by our staff and community members.

    Session 1

    Location: Savanna Oaks Middle School

    5890 Lacy Road Fitchburg

    Date: April 25, 2022

    Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Information in Spanish and Spanish interpretation will be available.

    Session 2

    Location: Verona Area High School, 234 Wildcat Lane Verona, Large Group Instruction (LGI) Room

    Date: April 26, 2022

    Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Information in Spanish and Spanish interpretation will be available.

    Session 3

    Location: Virtual, tune in to the Verona Area School District Facebook Page

    Date: May 3, 2022

    Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Session 4 - Spanish language session

    Location: Virtual, zoom link will be shared with all Spanish-speaking families

    Date: May 9, 2022

    Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    This session will be interpreted in Spanish and feature a Spanish question and answer opportunity

    We want to hear from you! Contact referendum@verona.k12.wi.us with questions.

     

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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 referendum were to pass, does the Board of Education need to use all of the new revenue authority?