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Racine Unified is 9-4 in Referendum Votes Since 2000

This is the 14th referendum put to voters.

Voters in the Racine Unified School District are 9-4 on approval of referendum questions since 2000. Here’s a recap:

  • November, 2000:  A $10.985 million bond issue to remodel and construct an addition to Garfield (now Julian Thomas) Elementary School (approved.)
  • November 2000:  Add $1 million to the general fund balance to improve cash flow (rejected.)
  • February 2001:  Construct a $500,000 science and technology addition to Park High School (approved) 
  • February 2001:  Increase spending for operations by $2.7 million (approved.)
  • February 2001:  Add $1 million to the general fund balance annually for 10 years to improve cash flow (approved.)
  • April 2004:  Increase spending by $9 million over two years for facilities upgrades (rejected.)
  • April 2004:  Increase spending by $7.2 million over two years for operations (rejected.)
  • June 2004:  Increase spending by $4.6 million for operations (approved.)
  • June 2004:  Increase spending by $1.85 million for facilities upgrades (approved.)
  • April 2005:  Increase spending by $8.9 million for operations (rejected.)
  • June 2005:  Increase spending by $6.45 million for operations (approved.)
  • June 2006:  Increase spending by $6.45 million for operations (approved.)
  • April 2008:  Increase spending by $16.5 million over five years for building maintenance and improvement projects (approved.)

            On April 5, RUSD voters will be asked to approve an $83.5 million bond issue to construct five schools and remodel five others; increase spending by $35 million over seven years to fund program operations that would include hiring additional teachers for smaller class sizes, and to increase spending by $1 million annually for 10 years to improve cash flow and provide a continued favorable bond rating.

Chris Wright April 05, 2011 at 03:44 PM
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Thirteen referendums in 10 years and scores continue to fall. Yet another reason to vote no. They have never been responsible with the past ones. What reason should we believe that these will be any different? Not to mention when the teachers/staff called in "sick" leaving parents to scramble for care with about 30 minutes notice.
skinnyDUDE April 05, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Record will fall to 9-5 after today! Voted NO as well!

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