07/22/2020- The Marinette School District will ask voters this fall to approve a nearly $31 million referendum to consolidate their current six facilities down to four. The Board of Education Tuesday approved sending the $30.9 million dollar referendum plan to district voters for the November 3rd election. If approved, the general obligation bonds would fund the remodeling and renovations at the Merryman and Park locations, as well as upgrades to the Middle and High School buildings. Marinette Schools Superintendent Corry Lambie says the four-building option- closing Garfield and Sunrise- proved more favorable among district residents than the initially-proposed three-building configuration.
Over the past decade, district enrollment has dropped by 176 students, leading to excess capacity in five of the six district buildings. The proposed plan is projected to save the district more than $550000 in operating costs annually. Lambie says, even if the plan gets the green light this year, it will take several years to complete.
If the referendum is approved by voters in November, the plan impact is estimated to be about 93-cents per $1000 of property value based on current market conditions.