Journey to the Future

Message from the District Administrator

Peggy LarsonMapping the future direction

In 2011-2012, the Board of Education and the Winneconne Community School District Administrative team established its promise: Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow. We joined with a group of citizens who became known as the Collaborative Partners. They helped us map out a pathway for facilities and improvements.

We’ve worked hard to provide schools where staff know the students by name and everyone works to meet individual student success. With focus and energy, we are moving forward. The Winneconne Community School District is recognized for top State test results. We are grateful for new facilities, and have continued to offer expanding programming (including new STEAM classes at the High School!) This is possible because we have dedicated staff and hardworking students who have the support of their families and the community.

We recognize that in order to sustain this momentum, we need a continued commitment from the community through public funding and private/public partnerships. Look below to see our accomplishments and please join us as we embark upon Chapter 2 of our Journey to the Future. 

Sincerely,

Peggy Larson

CHAPTER ONE
The Winneconne Community School District:

Journey to the Future

EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT OUTCOMES
2016:   4K program added along with a K-12 Spanish experience 
2016 & 2017   The District significantly exceeds expectations on State testing 
2016–17:   Middle School ranks among top five in the State 
2017:   100% graduation rate 4th highest achieving public school district in Wisconsin! 
 2018:    District significantly exceeds expectations on State testing, ranking us 2 in State.

STUDENTS CULTIVATE THEIR INTERESTS AND EXPLORE NEW DIRECTIONS
From one-to-one computing to drama; from powerlifting to equestrian competitions, literacy, STEAM, agriculture and environmental education.

BUILT FOR LEARNING: COMMUNITY SUPPORT
2012:    Voters approved maintenance and elementary boiler replacement. New football field installed thanks to the Gridiron Club. 
2014:    Norbert Rich Outdoor Education Center and an upgraded concession stand near football field were both donated. 
2015:    Track/football field archway entrance and Wolf Run Marquee donated by Miron Construction. 
2016:     Voters approved the new High School STEAM facility and Winneconne Community Arts Center (WCAC ) Auditorium. 
2017:    The WCSD Endowment fund was established 
2017:    The Emotional Health/Wellness Fund established at WACF with $10,000 from First Presbyterian Church, Winneconne 
2017:    $100,000 donated to scholarships; over $100,000 raised for grand piano for new auditorium. 
Ongoing:     Private donations to the Legacy Brick campaign and the Winneconne Area Community Foundation support education and athletic facilities.
Strength of the Pack fundraiser for HS weight room.
CHAPTER TWO
The Winneconne Community School District:

The Road Ahead
Here are the presentations that were shared with the community on December 3, 2018:

Plunkett Raysich Architect Facilities Study 2018

Winneconne Growth and Projections Presentation_12.3.18 v2.pdf

On December 3, 2018, the Board of Education of the Winneconne Community School District received its first look at Phase I, Facilities and Enrollment Projections based upon a study conducted by MDRoffers and Plunkett Raysich Architects (PRA).

At the presentation, Board member reiterated that the purpose of the study is to exercise the Board and administrative commitment to maintaining a school environment that is safe and conducive to learning.

History:

PUBLIC FUNDING - TWO FINANCIAL FACTS WILL AFFECT THE FUTURE OF THE WINNECONNE 

• Voters approved a 5-year referendum for $240,000 per/year to operate the auditorium and STEAM. In 2021–2022 the District will likely return to the voters requesting to renew this operating referendum.
• In addition, the District projects an additional shortfall between $1.3 and $2.8 million in operating dollars for all aspects of District operations–lights, energy, maintenance, technology, and staffing by the 2021–2022 school year.

(Public school funding is difficult to project for longer than two years. It is determined by the State’s biennial budget. Projections are made based on information currently available and may change. The District’s intention is to keep the community informed.)

PRIVATE FUNDING - THE CREATION OF “WINNECONNE CHAMPIONS”
In an effort to be financially proactive, the Board of Education, the Winneconne Area Community Foundation (WACF) and local community members have teamed up to form Winneconne Champions. The Winneconne Champions are committed to exploring ways that private funding can enhance school programming, and provide long-term financial stability to WCSD. As their initial project, Winneconne Champions has established the WCSD Endowment Fund for private donations to support WCSD long-term.

Did you know you can give a tax-deductible donation any time to the Endowment Fund, and support WCSD for years to come? Did you know you can make a legacy gift to the Endowment Fund through your Will or Trust? Find out more at www.oshkoshareacf.org/partners/winneconne

Let’s continue this journey together and keep WCSD’s students Learning Today...Leading Tomorrow! Thank you.
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