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Kettle Moraine poised for referendum

Jan. 08, 2014 11:20 a.m. | Long months of work starting with an $80 million master plan and guided by a community survey led the Kettle Moraine School Board to the initial drafts of resolutions for a $49.6 million referendum Jan. 7.

Carefully choosing wording to stress the direction and scope of the projects and wishes of the residents, School Board members will convene Jan. 14 to take action on the referendum question for the spring ballot.

Once the board approves the initial resolution authorizing the general obligation bonds, a second resolution would provide for a referendum election.

Stepping closer to referendum, the initial resolution would authorize up to $49.6 million on the April 1 ballot for the purpose of paying for capital maintenance needs, technology infrastructure improvements, safety and security upgrades, renovations and improvements, fixtures, furnishings and equipment for district buildings.

With language on the resolution in place, the district's attorney Jeff Peelen of Quarles and Brady, turned the board's attention to campaign practices as the district moves closer to the spring vote. Peelen pointed out three areas: general prohibition on using district funds for advocating for referendum, the role of School Board members and administrators, and the district separating itself from groups for or against the referendum.

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