After two failed referendum votes, it’s back to the drawing board for Peshtigo School District officials wondering what to do about the aging middle and high school building. Monday, representatives from Miron Construction and Somerville, Inc. presented the Middle-High School Citizen’s Building Committee with options to either expand and update the existing facility or construct an entirely new school, both of which would require the community to pass a sizable referendum, impacting local taxpayers. Matt Honold with Somerville says the plans address the issues most commonly voiced by staff and community members.
Renovating the current school is estimated to cost around thirty-point-eight million dollars, potentially increasing the district’s mill rate by one-dollar and-ninety-five cents, while new construction comes with a price tag just over 34-million-dollars, raising the mill rate by about two-dollars and thirty-one cents. Megan Prestebak with Miron says the final cost will ultimately be determined by what the community wants and what they’re will to pay for.
Both new options for the middle and high school building will be circulated throughout the district for feedback and suggestions. The earliest voters could see a referendum question on the ballot would be in the Spring of 2018. (Written by Amber Myszka)