River Valley Referendum

Voters will head to the polls in just over a month. In addition to the very important presidential, congressional, and state legislative races, residents in the River Valley School District will have an important decision to make regarding school funding.

Before them will be a referendum that seeks to exceed the state imposed revenue limits by a total of $9.35-million for four years starting in the 2017-18 school year. The additional funding would help pay for costs associated with maintaining the educational programs, facilities, and equipment in the River Valley School District. A “yes” vote on November 8th would raise the River Valley revenue limit by up to $1.2-million in the 2017-18 school year; $2,050,000 for the 18-19 school year; $2.7-million in 2019-20; and up to $3.4-million for the 2020-21 school year.

A committee has been assembled by the River Valley School Board to develop information about the referendum to help inform the community about the needs of the district and how the referendum will assist with those needs. That committee is made up of school board members, administrators, and representatives from each of the four communities in the district: Arena, Lone Rock, Plain, and Spring Green. In addition to developing materials to share, the committee has scheduled a series of public forums in each of these communities. Those will take place later this month. The first will be on Monday, October 17th at 7:00 PM at Arena Elementary School; Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00 PM at Lone Rock Elementary; Wednesday, October 19th at 7:00 PM at Plain Elementary; and the afternoon of Sunday, October 23rd at 3:00 PM at Spring Green Elementary. River Valley voters are encouraged to attend any of the meetings to become informed about the needs of the district prior voting on the referendum on November 8th.