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Marinette "Right Size" School Surveys Are Being Mailed
Issue Date: February 20, 2020
By the end of this week residents of Marinette School District will be recieving questionnaires aimed at determining community wishes regarding "right sizing" the school district. There are proposals for either a four building or three building plan, aimed at what District Administrator Wendy Dzurick explains as getting maximum use of distict facilities and tax dollars, and maintaining optimum class sizes in a time of declining enrollment.
The board participated in a video meeting with Bill Foster of School Precepts, which is working with the district on the survey and plans for district changes. The 3-building option was strongly recommended by the local planning committee, but the 4-building option was added as a result of community meeting input. One option would involve closing Garfield School and the Sunrise School that is the former Menekaunee School. She said that would save the district about $500,000 a year.
Dzurick stressed that a great deal of input from staff and community went into preparing the survey questionnaires, and the one being mailed is the 27th version. Households will each receive one questionnaire, but those with two adult residents can request another. Deadline for responding to the survey is Monday, April 6.
Dzurick stressed they are nowhere near doing any remodeling at this time. She discussed improvements staff would like, but repeatedly stressed, "At the end of the day, we have to give our taxpayers what they want."
Foster will present survey findings at the May 19 board meeting.