CG-Belgium school referendum passes

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Voters in the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District approved the $21.5 million referendum by nearly a 2-to-1 margin on Tuesday.

“I would just like to thank our parents and community members for their trust, and for supporting our project. I would also like to thank our board and staff for all the work they have put in over the last couple of years gathering information to make sure we put together a plan that made sense,” Supt. Chad Brakke said Wednesday morning.

“In the end, the district and community came together to make sure we can continue to provide excellent educational opportunities for our students for generations to come.  Now, the real work begins as we head into the design phase of the project.”

The results were similar to those of a community survey the district held last fall. Of 680 responses, 72% replied definitely or probably yes to supporting $21.5 million in school upgrades. Sixteen percent of respondents said probably or definitely no.

Referendum work at the elementary and middle schools is slated to cost $14.5 million. Projects include redoing traffic patterns, repurposing underutilized areas for specialized learning, renovating the band room to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, replacing floors and upgrading heating and ventilation systems, upgrading technology infrastructure, renovating the auditorium and main production kitchen at the middle school, reconstructing the pool and improving the gym’s bleachers and sound system.

High school work is slated to cost $7 million. It includes replacing flooring, roofing and upgrade heating and ventilation systems, upgrading technology infrastructure and renovating the technical education, consumer and science, technology, engineering and math areas.

In two uncontested School Board races, Chad Hoopman and Lori Gruell retained their seats. Hoopman holds the Sheboygan County seat and Gruell the Ozaukee County  seat.

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