The Peshtigo School District may take another shot at passing a referendum to fund a new middle and high school. The Middle-High School Citizens Building Committee made a formal recommendation to the district’s board of education Wednesday to adopt a two-part referendum question for the April 3rd election that would first ask voters to consider a $29.9 million referendum that would pay for the construction, furnishing, and equipping of a new middle and high school building, and second, to consider upgrading the gymnasium in that new building from two stations to three for an additional 950-thousand dollars. Board member Julie Muenster says the new plan doesn’t include space for the district’s performing arts, and that doesn’t sit well with her.
Representatives from Miron Construction said should the three-station gym pass, part of that space could be utilized for performing arts while remining within budget. Member Steve Coble says he still has too many questions about the proposal to approve the referendum resolution.
The school board will review the draft resolution and meet with the Citizens Building Committee, as well as representatives from Miron Construction and Somerville Architects on January 15th to further discuss plans for a new middle and high school. Should they approve the referendum resolution, the ballot item would need to be submitted to the Marinette County Clerk by January 23rd for consideration in this spring’s election.