On April 2, 2019, residents voted to support the district’s facilities and operating referenda. Your support allows us to address improved safety, accessibility and traffic flow in addition to addressing critical capital maintenance projects and improved learning spaces, while continuing the high quality instructional program our students deserve and our community has come to expect.  We look forward to the design, renovation, and construction process and will continue to keep our community informed regarding the work ahead.  Thank you!  

 

Question #1

requests permission to exceed the district’s state revenue limit by $980,000 per year for ten years to maintain instructional programs, services, and staffing. The district’s current operational referendum of $800,000 per year is expiring in 2019 and this new referendum amount replaces these funds and adjusts for inflation. 

 

Question #2

requests permission to borrow funds (issue debt) in an amount not-to-exceed $16,370,000 to address imminent capital maintenance projects and high priority safety, security and learning space improvements at both Maple Dale and Indian Hill schools.

 

Facilities Assessment and Process

The Facilities Assessment included both of our school buildings and sites and served as a detailed planning document that provided a valuable foundation of information. 

Facilities Assessment Page and Process

Community Survey Regarding Referendum Results

Tax Impact

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Referendum Information Nights

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Ask questions, Get Answers!  Attend a Referendum Information Session

 

The Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District is hosting two Referendum Information Sessions. This is your chance to ask questions and get answers about the April 2 referendum. Learn more about the project scope, timing, and more. District staff, along with representatives from Miron Construction and Eppstein Uhen Architects, will be on-hand to answer questions. School tours will be available

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | Maple Dale School | 6:00-7:30 

Monday, March 18, 2019 | Indian Hill School | 6:00-7:30

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQ - Two Ballot Questions

What Is An Operational Referendum?


An operational referendum allows a school district to raise the district’s revenue limit authority by the specific annual amounts and are designed to support operational needs while maintaining an affordable tax levy. The current referendum of $800,000 has been in place for the past ten years and is set to end in 2019. We are proposing a replacement operational referendum in an amount that has been adjusted for inflation.




Why Is An Operational Referendum Proposed?


Revenue limits are state-imposed controls on the amount of money a Wisconsin district can receive in state aid and local property taxes. Revenue limits were established in 1993 by state policymakers as a means of controlling property taxes. Since 1993, most districts in the state, including Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District, have been forced to make increasingly difficult budget cutbacks. During this time, the District Administration and School Board has shown fiscal stewardship by reviewing all contracts, reducing retiree and current employee benefits as well as making changes to health insurance. Even with significant budget reductions, districts like ours still face the mounting demands of unfunded state and federal mandates, a constricting revenue stream dictated by an unsustainable state funding formula, and fixed expenses that continue to outpace inflation. An operational referendum allows a district to increase that limit and is will allow for our District to continue to provide the quality educational programs that is expected, reduce class sizes as well as attract and retain highly qualified staff.




Does This Replace The Current Operational Referendum?


Yes. The current referendum of $800,000 is set to end in 2019. It has been in place for 10 years. The new operational referendum would be for 10 years, starting in 2019 and going through 2028 in the amount of $980,000 per year. This amount has been adjusted for inflation.




What Is The Tax Impact Associated With The Operational Referendum?


The operational referendum estimated tax impact will be $17 per year for every $100,000 of fair market property value. The total of both questions will be an estimated tax impact of about $133.00 per $100,000 of fair market property value. The operational referendum accounts for $17.00 of the $133.00 total amount. The total amount and the specific amount to each question can be seen below:




Do Other Districts Have Operational Referendums?


Since July 1, 2014, there have been 157 non-recurring and 55 recurring operational referendums that have passed in the State. Locally, both Fox Point-Bayside and Nicolet UHS have current operational referendums in place. Glendale-River Hills is also proposing an operational referendum on April 2 to replace their referendum ending in 2020. The Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District has had an operational referendum in place since 2009; however, it is expiring in 2019.





FAQ - Operational Referendum (Question Number 1)

What Is An Operational Referendum?


An operational referendum allows a school district to raise the district’s revenue limit authority by the specific annual amounts and are designed to support operational needs while maintaining an affordable tax levy. The current referendum of $800,000 has been in place for the past ten years and is set to end in 2019. We are proposing a replacement operational referendum in an amount that has been adjusted for inflation.




Why Is An Operational Referendum Proposed?


Revenue limits are state-imposed controls on the amount of money a Wisconsin district can receive in state aid and local property taxes. Revenue limits were established in 1993 by state policymakers as a means of controlling property taxes. Since 1993, most districts in the state, including Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District, have been forced to make increasingly difficult budget cutbacks. During this time, the District Administration and School Board has shown fiscal stewardship by reviewing all contracts, reducing retiree and current employee benefits as well as making changes to health insurance. Even with significant budget reductions, districts like ours still face the mounting demands of unfunded state and federal mandates, a constricting revenue stream dictated by an unsustainable state funding formula, and fixed expenses that continue to outpace inflation. An operational referendum allows a district to increase that limit and is will allow for our District to continue to provide the quality educational programs that is expected, reduce class sizes as well as attract and retain highly qualified staff.




Does This Replace The Current Operational Referendum?


Yes. The current referendum of $800,000 is set to end in 2019. It has been in place for 10 years. The new operational referendum would be for 10 years, starting in 2019 and going through 2028 in the amount of $980,000 per year. This amount has been adjusted for inflation.




What Is The Tax Impact Associated With The Operational Referendum?


The operational referendum estimated tax impact will be $17 per year for every $100,000 of fair market property value. The total of both questions will be an estimated tax impact of about $133.00 per $100,000 of fair market property value. The operational referendum accounts for $17.00 of the $133.00 total amount. The total amount and the specific amount to each question can be seen below:




Do Other Districts Have Operational Referendums?


Since July 1, 2014, there have been 157 non-recurring and 55 recurring operational referendums that have passed in the State. Locally, both Fox Point-Bayside and Nicolet UHS have current operational referendums in place. Glendale-River Hills is also proposing an operational referendum on April 2 to replace their referendum ending in 2020. The Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District has had an operational referendum in place since 2009; however, it is expiring in 2019.





FAQ - Capital Improvements (Question Number 2)

What is on the ballot on April 2?


The proposed facilities referendum includes work on the most imminent needs at each school (Indian Hill and Maple Dale). This will include renovation at each site with the identified needs and priority projects District-wide including:

  • Safety & Security Upgrades
  • Building Maintenance & Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems Improvements
  • Classroom Updates - Focused on collaborative, creative spaces that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • Americans with Disabilities Accessibility (ADA) Updates
The Total Not-To-Exceed Referendum Cost: $16.37 million.




Why is the district proposing this plan now?


As part of the District’s broader Strategic Planning process, the Maple Dale Indian Hill School Board selected Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) in February 2018 to complete a comprehensive Facilities Assessment as the first step in developing a long-term facilities plan. EUA’s summary findings of the Facilities Assessment were presented to the School Board on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The School Board will also hosted interactive workshops for staff and the community to discuss the Facilities Assessment findings and to gather input to guide facilities-related decision making.

  • Aging Facilities: District schools are about 65 years old. Both buildings were built in the mid-1950’s and each have been renovated and/or expanded numerous times since. The District has extended many of the operating systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electric, alarms, etc.) near or beyond a typical life expectancy; they are inefficient, costly to repair, and have become unreliable. In addition, all windows located at Indian Hill are single pane windows that are not energy efficient.
  • School Safety: Our schools need updates and modifications to effectively monitor and control access within our buildings. This includes the creation of “secure entryways” at both buildings, which require visitors to enter a secured vestibule and must be verified before letting the visitor enter the actual building.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Limitations: Due to their age, the schools have some accessibility limitations and do not meet current ADA standards.
  • Outdated Learning Spaces: Many classrooms were built 65 years ago. To meet the needs of today’s learners, the proposed plan would update some classroom space, including Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and other innovative learning spaces. (Furniture is not a part of this referendum.)




What are some of the significant accessibility challenges within the buildings?


There are concerns within each building that need to be addressed and/or updated. This includes, but not limited to, doors, doorways, handles as well as access to certain rooms, restrooms and locker rooms. The comprehensive facilities assessment reviewed and outlined these concerns and can be found here.




Have aging mechanical systems impacted students?


Yes. Recently (February 8, 2019), Indian Hill boilers lost pressure, causing them to stop working. Students had to be relocated to Maple Dale for the morning portion of their instruction. You can read about that here. Research has shown indoor air quality and temperature can affect concentration levels, a student’s health, and overall attendance. Click HERE for information from the Environmental Protection Agency on the topic.




What is included in the proposed $16.37 million referendum?


The proposed plan would include work at each building. Click on this link to read more details about our facilities and proposed plans.




Does the district have to stick to the project scope as defined in the referendum materials?


Yes, the District may not exceed the proposed $16.73 million and may not use funds for any other purposes other than as defined on the ballot and in all District referendum materials.




Do indoor air quality and temperature within a school impact teaching and learning?


Yes, research has shown indoor air quality and temperature can affect concentration levels, a student’s health, and overall attendance. Click HERE for information from the Environmental Protection Agency on the topic.




Will all schools have improved HVAC systems including air conditioning?


Yes, HVAC systems including air conditioning are important for control of temperature, indoor air quality, and humidity levels year round. It also provides a better teaching and learning environment and preserves buildings, equipment, materials and technology.




Are the schools used year round?


Yes, we offer district summer school programming and a variety of camps hosted at each school throughout the summer.




Should the district replace Indian Hill with a new school instead of making repairs and improvements to the existing school?


New elementary school construction is estimated at $250/square foot. Replacing Indian Hill’s current 60,109 sq. ft. with a new school would cost the district approximately $15 million to replicate the square footage (with no consideration of redesign, additional needs or how schools are designed today). To address identified facility needs in both schools, this $15M cost would have to be added to the $9.7M in critical facility needs that have been prioritized for Maple Dale, resulting in a total project cost over $24M. This exceeded the amount the School Board felt was fiscally responsible to ask of taxpayers at this time.




Has the district considered consolidating the two schools to one campus?


As part of the facilities review process, the district explored consolidating schools to one campus. Neither property has the acreage to support a full 4K-8th grade school. The recommended site size to accommodate our enrollment would be approximately 19 acres. The Maple Dale property is 9.8 acres and Indian Hill is 14.7 acres. Replacing Maple Dale’s current building size of 101,000 sq. ft., as well as Indian Hill’s size of 60,000 sq. ft., would cost approximately $40 million (again,without consideration of redesign, additional needs or how schools are designed today). The School Board did not feel this was a fiscally responsible option to consider further.





FAQ - Classroom Updates

What is on the ballot on April 2?


The proposed facilities referendum includes work on the most imminent needs at each school (Indian Hill and Maple Dale). This will include renovation at each site with the identified needs and priority projects District-wide including:

  • Safety & Security Upgrades
  • Building Maintenance & Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems Improvements
  • Classroom Updates - Focused on collaborative, creative spaces that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • Americans with Disabilities Accessibility (ADA) Updates
The Total Not-To-Exceed Referendum Cost: $16.37 million.




Why is the district proposing this plan now?


As part of the District’s broader Strategic Planning process, the Maple Dale Indian Hill School Board selected Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) in February 2018 to complete a comprehensive Facilities Assessment as the first step in developing a long-term facilities plan. EUA’s summary findings of the Facilities Assessment were presented to the School Board on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The School Board will also hosted interactive workshops for staff and the community to discuss the Facilities Assessment findings and to gather input to guide facilities-related decision making.

  • Aging Facilities: District schools are about 65 years old. Both buildings were built in the mid-1950’s and each have been renovated and/or expanded numerous times since. The District has extended many of the operating systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electric, alarms, etc.) near or beyond a typical life expectancy; they are inefficient, costly to repair, and have become unreliable. In addition, all windows located at Indian Hill are single pane windows that are not energy efficient.
  • School Safety: Our schools need updates and modifications to effectively monitor and control access within our buildings. This includes the creation of “secure entryways” at both buildings, which require visitors to enter a secured vestibule and must be verified before letting the visitor enter the actual building.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Limitations: Due to their age, the schools have some accessibility limitations and do not meet current ADA standards.
  • Outdated Learning Spaces: Many classrooms were built 65 years ago. To meet the needs of today’s learners, the proposed plan would update some classroom space, including Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and other innovative learning spaces. (Furniture is not a part of this referendum.)




What are some of the significant accessibility challenges within the buildings?


There are concerns within each building that need to be addressed and/or updated. This includes, but not limited to, doors, doorways, handles as well as access to certain rooms, restrooms and locker rooms. The comprehensive facilities assessment reviewed and outlined these concerns and can be found here.




Have aging mechanical systems impacted students?


Yes. Recently (February 8, 2019), Indian Hill boilers lost pressure, causing them to stop working. Students had to be relocated to Maple Dale for the morning portion of their instruction. You can read about that here. Research has shown indoor air quality and temperature can affect concentration levels, a student’s health, and overall attendance. Click HERE for information from the Environmental Protection Agency on the topic.




What is included in the proposed $16.37 million referendum?


The proposed plan would include work at each building. Click on this link to read more details about our facilities and proposed plans.




Does the district have to stick to the project scope as defined in the referendum materials?


Yes, the District may not exceed the proposed $16.73 million and may not use funds for any other purposes other than as defined on the ballot and in all District referendum materials.




Do indoor air quality and temperature within a school impact teaching and learning?


Yes, research has shown indoor air quality and temperature can affect concentration levels, a student’s health, and overall attendance. Click HERE for information from the Environmental Protection Agency on the topic.




Will all schools have improved HVAC systems including air conditioning?


Yes, HVAC systems including air conditioning are important for control of temperature, indoor air quality, and humidity levels year round. It also provides a better teaching and learning environment and preserves buildings, equipment, materials and technology.




Are the schools used year round?


Yes, we offer district summer school programming and a variety of camps hosted at each school throughout the summer.




Should the district replace Indian Hill with a new school instead of making repairs and improvements to the existing school?


New elementary school construction is estimated at $250/square foot. Replacing Indian Hill’s current 60,109 sq. ft. with a new school would cost the district approximately $15 million to replicate the square footage (with no consideration of redesign, additional needs or how schools are designed today). To address identified facility needs in both schools, this $15M cost would have to be added to the $9.7M in critical facility needs that have been prioritized for Maple Dale, resulting in a total project cost over $24M. This exceeded the amount the School Board felt was fiscally responsible to ask of taxpayers at this time.




Has the district considered consolidating the two schools to one campus?


As part of the facilities review process, the district explored consolidating schools to one campus. Neither property has the acreage to support a full 4K-8th grade school. The recommended site size to accommodate our enrollment would be approximately 19 acres. The Maple Dale property is 9.8 acres and Indian Hill is 14.7 acres. Replacing Maple Dale’s current building size of 101,000 sq. ft., as well as Indian Hill’s size of 60,000 sq. ft., would cost approximately $40 million (again,without consideration of redesign, additional needs or how schools are designed today). The School Board did not feel this was a fiscally responsible option to consider further.





FAQ - Safety & Security Upgrades

What is on the ballot on April 2?


The proposed facilities referendum includes work on the most imminent needs at each school (Indian Hill and Maple Dale). This will include renovation at each site with the identified needs and priority projects District-wide including:

  • Safety & Security Upgrades
  • Building Maintenance & Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems Improvements
  • Classroom Updates - Focused on collaborative, creative spaces that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • Americans with Disabilities Accessibility (ADA) Updates
The Total Not-To-Exceed Referendum Cost: $16.37 million.




Why is the district proposing this plan now?


As part of the District’s broader Strategic Planning process, the Maple Dale Indian Hill School Board selected Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) in February 2018 to complete a comprehensive Facilities Assessment as the first step in developing a long-term facilities plan. EUA’s summary findings of the Facilities Assessment were presented to the School Board on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The School Board will also hosted interactive workshops for staff and the community to discuss the Facilities Assessment findings and to gather input to guide facilities-related decision making.

  • Aging Facilities: District schools are about 65 years old. Both buildings were built in the mid-1950’s and each have been renovated and/or expanded numerous times since. The District has extended many of the operating systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electric, alarms, etc.) near or beyond a typical life expectancy; they are inefficient, costly to repair, and have become unreliable. In addition, all windows located at Indian Hill are single pane windows that are not energy efficient.
  • School Safety: Our schools need updates and modifications to effectively monitor and control access within our buildings. This includes the creation of “secure entryways” at both buildings, which require visitors to enter a secured vestibule and must be verified before letting the visitor enter the actual building.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Limitations: Due to their age, the schools have some accessibility limitations and do not meet current ADA standards.
  • Outdated Learning Spaces: Many classrooms were built 65 years ago. To meet the needs of today’s learners, the proposed plan would update some classroom space, including Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and other innovative learning spaces. (Furniture is not a part of this referendum.)




What are some of the significant accessibility challenges within the buildings?


There are concerns within each building that need to be addressed and/or updated. This includes, but not limited to, doors, doorways, handles as well as access to certain rooms, restrooms and locker rooms. The comprehensive facilities assessment reviewed and outlined these concerns and can be found here.




Have aging mechanical systems impacted students?


Yes. Recently (February 8, 2019), Indian Hill boilers lost pressure, causing them to stop working. Students had to be relocated to Maple Dale for the morning portion of their instruction. You can read about that here. Research has shown indoor air quality and temperature can affect concentration levels, a student’s health, and overall attendance. Click HERE for information from the Environmental Protection Agency on the topic.




What is included in the proposed $16.37 million referendum?


The proposed plan would include work at each building. Click on this link to read more details about our facilities and proposed plans.




Does the district have to stick to the project scope as defined in the referendum materials?


Yes, the District may not exceed the proposed $16.73 million and may not use funds for any other purposes other than as defined on the ballot and in all District referendum materials.




Do indoor air quality and temperature within a school impact teaching and learning?


Yes, research has shown indoor air quality and temperature can affect concentration levels, a student’s health, and overall attendance. Click HERE for information from the Environmental Protection Agency on the topic.




Will all schools have improved HVAC systems including air conditioning?


Yes, HVAC systems including air conditioning are important for control of temperature, indoor air quality, and humidity levels year round. It also provides a better teaching and learning environment and preserves buildings, equipment, materials and technology.




Are the schools used year round?


Yes, we offer district summer school programming and a variety of camps hosted at each school throughout the summer.




Should the district replace Indian Hill with a new school instead of making repairs and improvements to the existing school?


New elementary school construction is estimated at $250/square foot. Replacing Indian Hill’s current 60,109 sq. ft. with a new school would cost the district approximately $15 million to replicate the square footage (with no consideration of redesign, additional needs or how schools are designed today). To address identified facility needs in both schools, this $15M cost would have to be added to the $9.7M in critical facility needs that have been prioritized for Maple Dale, resulting in a total project cost over $24M. This exceeded the amount the School Board felt was fiscally responsible to ask of taxpayers at this time.




Has the district considered consolidating the two schools to one campus?


As part of the facilities review process, the district explored consolidating schools to one campus. Neither property has the acreage to support a full 4K-8th grade school. The recommended site size to accommodate our enrollment would be approximately 19 acres. The Maple Dale property is 9.8 acres and Indian Hill is 14.7 acres. Replacing Maple Dale’s current building size of 101,000 sq. ft., as well as Indian Hill’s size of 60,000 sq. ft., would cost approximately $40 million (again,without consideration of redesign, additional needs or how schools are designed today). The School Board did not feel this was a fiscally responsible option to consider further.





FAQ - Costs For The Capital Referendum - Question 2

What is on the ballot on April 2?


The proposed facilities referendum includes work on the most imminent needs at each school (Indian Hill and Maple Dale). This will include renovation at each site with the identified needs and priority projects District-wide including:

  • Safety & Security Upgrades
  • Building Maintenance & Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems Improvements
  • Classroom Updates - Focused on collaborative, creative spaces that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • Americans with Disabilities Accessibility (ADA) Updates
The Total Not-To-Exceed Referendum Cost: $16.37 million.




Why is the district proposing this plan now?


As part of the District’s broader Strategic Planning process, the Maple Dale Indian Hill School Board selected Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) in February 2018 to complete a comprehensive Facilities Assessment as the first step in developing a long-term facilities plan. EUA’s summary findings of the Facilities Assessment were presented to the School Board on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The School Board will also hosted interactive workshops for staff and the community to discuss the Facilities Assessment findings and to gather input to guide facilities-related decision making.

  • Aging Facilities: District schools are about 65 years old. Both buildings were built in the mid-1950’s and each have been renovated and/or expanded numerous times since. The District has extended many of the operating systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electric, alarms, etc.) near or beyond a typical life expectancy; they are inefficient, costly to repair, and have become unreliable. In addition, all windows located at Indian Hill are single pane windows that are not energy efficient.
  • School Safety: Our schools need updates and modifications to effectively monitor and control access within our buildings. This includes the creation of “secure entryways” at both buildings, which require visitors to enter a secured vestibule and must be verified before letting the visitor enter the actual building.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Limitations: Due to their age, the schools have some accessibility limitations and do not meet current ADA standards.
  • Outdated Learning Spaces: Many classrooms were built 65 years ago. To meet the needs of today’s learners, the proposed plan would update some classroom space, including Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and other innovative learning spaces. (Furniture is not a part of this referendum.)




What are some of the significant accessibility challenges within the buildings?


There are concerns within each building that need to be addressed and/or updated. This includes, but not limited to, doors, doorways, handles as well as access to certain rooms, restrooms and locker rooms. The comprehensive facilities assessment reviewed and outlined these concerns and can be found here.




Have aging mechanical systems impacted students?


Yes. Recently (February 8, 2019), Indian Hill boilers lost pressure, causing them to stop working. Students had to be relocated to Maple Dale for the morning portion of their instruction. You can read about that here. Research has shown indoor air quality and temperature can affect concentration levels, a student’s health, and overall attendance. Click HERE for information from the Environmental Protection Agency on the topic.




What is included in the proposed $16.37 million referendum?


The proposed plan would include work at each building. Click on this link to read more details about our facilities and proposed plans.




Does the district have to stick to the project scope as defined in the referendum materials?


Yes, the District may not exceed the proposed $16.73 million and may not use funds for any other purposes other than as defined on the ballot and in all District referendum materials.




Do indoor air quality and temperature within a school impact teaching and learning?


Yes, research has shown indoor air quality and temperature can affect concentration levels, a student’s health, and overall attendance. Click HERE for information from the Environmental Protection Agency on the topic.




Will all schools have improved HVAC systems including air conditioning?


Yes, HVAC systems including air conditioning are important for control of temperature, indoor air quality, and humidity levels year round. It also provides a better teaching and learning environment and preserves buildings, equipment, materials and technology.




Are the schools used year round?


Yes, we offer district summer school programming and a variety of camps hosted at each school throughout the summer.




Should the district replace Indian Hill with a new school instead of making repairs and improvements to the existing school?


New elementary school construction is estimated at $250/square foot. Replacing Indian Hill’s current 60,109 sq. ft. with a new school would cost the district approximately $15 million to replicate the square footage (with no consideration of redesign, additional needs or how schools are designed today). To address identified facility needs in both schools, this $15M cost would have to be added to the $9.7M in critical facility needs that have been prioritized for Maple Dale, resulting in a total project cost over $24M. This exceeded the amount the School Board felt was fiscally responsible to ask of taxpayers at this time.




Has the district considered consolidating the two schools to one campus?


As part of the facilities review process, the district explored consolidating schools to one campus. Neither property has the acreage to support a full 4K-8th grade school. The recommended site size to accommodate our enrollment would be approximately 19 acres. The Maple Dale property is 9.8 acres and Indian Hill is 14.7 acres. Replacing Maple Dale’s current building size of 101,000 sq. ft., as well as Indian Hill’s size of 60,000 sq. ft., would cost approximately $40 million (again,without consideration of redesign, additional needs or how schools are designed today). The School Board did not feel this was a fiscally responsible option to consider further.





FAQ - Consolidation Of Schools Or Districts

Did we explore consolidation with local districts?


Yes, as part of our strategic planning process we conducted a financial and legal analysis of consolidation with our partner school districts of Fox Point-Bayside, Glendale-River Hills and Nicolet High School. Preliminary findings show a slight increase in taxes and decrease in per student spending should we consolidate. We continue to look for ways to consolidate services across districts to create efficient and effective service for our students. Currently, we share transportation and food services. We also work across systems to align curriculum and instruction. For some more information on consolidation efforts, see this article from JSOnline. The study, provided by Robert W. Baird & Co. and Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) was presented on May 17, 2018. The corresponding documents from the presentation can be found here:




Have we considered consolidating into one location for all students and creating one K-8 school? Did we explore replacing either Indian Hill or Maple Dale?


Yes, as part of our comprehensive facilities assessment we examined consolidation of schools to one campus. The analysis showed that the site plans and costs do not support relocating to a single campus. That comprehensive facilities assessment can be found here.





FAQ - Role Of The Architect And Construction Manager

Did we explore consolidation with local districts?


Yes, as part of our strategic planning process we conducted a financial and legal analysis of consolidation with our partner school districts of Fox Point-Bayside, Glendale-River Hills and Nicolet High School. Preliminary findings show a slight increase in taxes and decrease in per student spending should we consolidate. We continue to look for ways to consolidate services across districts to create efficient and effective service for our students. Currently, we share transportation and food services. We also work across systems to align curriculum and instruction. For some more information on consolidation efforts, see this article from JSOnline. The study, provided by Robert W. Baird & Co. and Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) was presented on May 17, 2018. The corresponding documents from the presentation can be found here:




Have we considered consolidating into one location for all students and creating one K-8 school? Did we explore replacing either Indian Hill or Maple Dale?


Yes, as part of our comprehensive facilities assessment we examined consolidation of schools to one campus. The analysis showed that the site plans and costs do not support relocating to a single campus. That comprehensive facilities assessment can be found here.





FAQ - Timelines, Design & Construction And Implementation

What is on the ballot on April 2?


The proposed facilities referendum includes work on the most imminent needs at each school (Indian Hill and Maple Dale). This will include renovation at each site with the identified needs and priority projects District-wide including:

  • Safety & Security Upgrades
  • Building Maintenance & Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems Improvements
  • Classroom Updates - Focused on collaborative, creative spaces that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • Americans with Disabilities Accessibility (ADA) Updates
The Total Not-To-Exceed Referendum Cost: $16.37 million.




Why is the district proposing this plan now?


As part of the District’s broader Strategic Planning process, the Maple Dale Indian Hill School Board selected Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) in February 2018 to complete a comprehensive Facilities Assessment as the first step in developing a long-term facilities plan. EUA’s summary findings of the Facilities Assessment were presented to the School Board on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The School Board will also hosted interactive workshops for staff and the community to discuss the Facilities Assessment findings and to gather input to guide facilities-related decision making.

  • Aging Facilities: District schools are about 65 years old. Both buildings were built in the mid-1950’s and each have been renovated and/or expanded numerous times since. The District has extended many of the operating systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electric, alarms, etc.) near or beyond a typical life expectancy; they are inefficient, costly to repair, and have become unreliable. In addition, all windows located at Indian Hill are single pane windows that are not energy efficient.
  • School Safety: Our schools need updates and modifications to effectively monitor and control access within our buildings. This includes the creation of “secure entryways” at both buildings, which require visitors to enter a secured vestibule and must be verified before letting the visitor enter the actual building.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Limitations: Due to their age, the schools have some accessibility limitations and do not meet current ADA standards.
  • Outdated Learning Spaces: Many classrooms were built 65 years ago. To meet the needs of today’s learners, the proposed plan would update some classroom space, including Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and other innovative learning spaces. (Furniture is not a part of this referendum.)




What are some of the significant accessibility challenges within the buildings?


There are concerns within each building that need to be addressed and/or updated. This includes, but not limited to, doors, doorways, handles as well as access to certain rooms, restrooms and locker rooms. The comprehensive facilities assessment reviewed and outlined these concerns and can be found here.




Have aging mechanical systems impacted students?


Yes. Recently (February 8, 2019), Indian Hill boilers lost pressure, causing them to stop working. Students had to be relocated to Maple Dale for the morning portion of their instruction. You can read about that here. Research has shown indoor air quality and temperature can affect concentration levels, a student’s health, and overall attendance. Click HERE for information from the Environmental Protection Agency on the topic.




What is included in the proposed $16.37 million referendum?


The proposed plan would include work at each building. Click on this link to read more details about our facilities and proposed plans.




Does the district have to stick to the project scope as defined in the referendum materials?


Yes, the District may not exceed the proposed $16.73 million and may not use funds for any other purposes other than as defined on the ballot and in all District referendum materials.




Do indoor air quality and temperature within a school impact teaching and learning?


Yes, research has shown indoor air quality and temperature can affect concentration levels, a student’s health, and overall attendance. Click HERE for information from the Environmental Protection Agency on the topic.




Will all schools have improved HVAC systems including air conditioning?


Yes, HVAC systems including air conditioning are important for control of temperature, indoor air quality, and humidity levels year round. It also provides a better teaching and learning environment and preserves buildings, equipment, materials and technology.




Are the schools used year round?


Yes, we offer district summer school programming and a variety of camps hosted at each school throughout the summer.




Should the district replace Indian Hill with a new school instead of making repairs and improvements to the existing school?


New elementary school construction is estimated at $250/square foot. Replacing Indian Hill’s current 60,109 sq. ft. with a new school would cost the district approximately $15 million to replicate the square footage (with no consideration of redesign, additional needs or how schools are designed today). To address identified facility needs in both schools, this $15M cost would have to be added to the $9.7M in critical facility needs that have been prioritized for Maple Dale, resulting in a total project cost over $24M. This exceeded the amount the School Board felt was fiscally responsible to ask of taxpayers at this time.




Has the district considered consolidating the two schools to one campus?


As part of the facilities review process, the district explored consolidating schools to one campus. Neither property has the acreage to support a full 4K-8th grade school. The recommended site size to accommodate our enrollment would be approximately 19 acres. The Maple Dale property is 9.8 acres and Indian Hill is 14.7 acres. Replacing Maple Dale’s current building size of 101,000 sq. ft., as well as Indian Hill’s size of 60,000 sq. ft., would cost approximately $40 million (again,without consideration of redesign, additional needs or how schools are designed today). The School Board did not feel this was a fiscally responsible option to consider further.





FAQ - Miscellaneous

What is on the ballot on April 2?


The proposed facilities referendum includes work on the most imminent needs at each school (Indian Hill and Maple Dale). This will include renovation at each site with the identified needs and priority projects District-wide including:

  • Safety & Security Upgrades
  • Building Maintenance & Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems Improvements
  • Classroom Updates - Focused on collaborative, creative spaces that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • Americans with Disabilities Accessibility (ADA) Updates
The Total Not-To-Exceed Referendum Cost: $16.37 million.




Why is the district proposing this plan now?


As part of the District’s broader Strategic Planning process, the Maple Dale Indian Hill School Board selected Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) in February 2018 to complete a comprehensive Facilities Assessment as the first step in developing a long-term facilities plan. EUA’s summary findings of the Facilities Assessment were presented to the School Board on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The School Board will also hosted interactive workshops for staff and the community to discuss the Facilities Assessment findings and to gather input to guide facilities-related decision making.

  • Aging Facilities: District schools are about 65 years old. Both buildings were built in the mid-1950’s and each have been renovated and/or expanded numerous times since. The District has extended many of the operating systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electric, alarms, etc.) near or beyond a typical life expectancy; they are inefficient, costly to repair, and have become unreliable. In addition, all windows located at Indian Hill are single pane windows that are not energy efficient.
  • School Safety: Our schools need updates and modifications to effectively monitor and control access within our buildings. This includes the creation of “secure entryways” at both buildings, which require visitors to enter a secured vestibule and must be verified before letting the visitor enter the actual building.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Limitations: Due to their age, the schools have some accessibility limitations and do not meet current ADA standards.
  • Outdated Learning Spaces: Many classrooms were built 65 years ago. To meet the needs of today’s learners, the proposed plan would update some classroom space, including Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and other innovative learning spaces. (Furniture is not a part of this referendum.)




What are some of the significant accessibility challenges within the buildings?


There are concerns within each building that need to be addressed and/or updated. This includes, but not limited to, doors, doorways, handles as well as access to certain rooms, restrooms and locker rooms. The comprehensive facilities assessment reviewed and outlined these concerns and can be found here.




Have aging mechanical systems impacted students?


Yes. Recently (February 8, 2019), Indian Hill boilers lost pressure, causing them to stop working. Students had to be relocated to Maple Dale for the morning portion of their instruction. You can read about that here. Research has shown indoor air quality and temperature can affect concentration levels, a student’s health, and overall attendance. Click HERE for information from the Environmental Protection Agency on the topic.




What is included in the proposed $16.37 million referendum?


The proposed plan would include work at each building. Click on this link to read more details about our facilities and proposed plans.




Does the district have to stick to the project scope as defined in the referendum materials?


Yes, the District may not exceed the proposed $16.73 million and may not use funds for any other purposes other than as defined on the ballot and in all District referendum materials.




Do indoor air quality and temperature within a school impact teaching and learning?


Yes, research has shown indoor air quality and temperature can affect concentration levels, a student’s health, and overall attendance. Click HERE for information from the Environmental Protection Agency on the topic.




Will all schools have improved HVAC systems including air conditioning?


Yes, HVAC systems including air conditioning are important for control of temperature, indoor air quality, and humidity levels year round. It also provides a better teaching and learning environment and preserves buildings, equipment, materials and technology.




Are the schools used year round?


Yes, we offer district summer school programming and a variety of camps hosted at each school throughout the summer.




Should the district replace Indian Hill with a new school instead of making repairs and improvements to the existing school?


New elementary school construction is estimated at $250/square foot. Replacing Indian Hill’s current 60,109 sq. ft. with a new school would cost the district approximately $15 million to replicate the square footage (with no consideration of redesign, additional needs or how schools are designed today). To address identified facility needs in both schools, this $15M cost would have to be added to the $9.7M in critical facility needs that have been prioritized for Maple Dale, resulting in a total project cost over $24M. This exceeded the amount the School Board felt was fiscally responsible to ask of taxpayers at this time.




Has the district considered consolidating the two schools to one campus?


As part of the facilities review process, the district explored consolidating schools to one campus. Neither property has the acreage to support a full 4K-8th grade school. The recommended site size to accommodate our enrollment would be approximately 19 acres. The Maple Dale property is 9.8 acres and Indian Hill is 14.7 acres. Replacing Maple Dale’s current building size of 101,000 sq. ft., as well as Indian Hill’s size of 60,000 sq. ft., would cost approximately $40 million (again,without consideration of redesign, additional needs or how schools are designed today). The School Board did not feel this was a fiscally responsible option to consider further.





 

Preliminary Floor Plans

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In the News

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Journal Sentinel - March 4, 2019
"Five things to know about the Maple Dale-Indian Hill referendum"

WISN 12 News - February 8, 2019

"River Hills school evacuated because of heat outage"

 
 

Voting Information

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Village of Bayside
9075 North Regent Rd.
Bayside, WI 53217-1802 
414/206-3913


Village of Fox Point
7200 North Santa Monica Blvd.
Fox Point, WI 53217-3505
414/351-8900 x6621


City of Glendale
5909 North Milwaukee River Pkwy.
Glendale, WI 53209
Phone: 414/228-1718


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7650 North Pheasant Ln.
River Hills, WI 53217-3012
414/352-8213


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Village of Bayside - Wards 2, 4
9075 N. Regent Rd., Bayside, WI 53217-1802 

 

Polling Place Hours: Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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Longacre Pavilion

7343 N. Longacre Rd., Fox Point, WI 53217


Polling Place Hours: Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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Cardinal Stritch University, Voting Room: Bonaventure Hall

104 N. Kent Ave., Glendale, WI 53217


Polling Place Hours: Tuesday, April 2, 2019,
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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7650 North Pheasant Ln. River Hills, WI 53217


Polling Place Hours: Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

 

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1101 West Brown Deer Rd., River Hills, WI, 53217

414/351-7390

4K/JK Morning:  8:15 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

4K/JK Afternoon: 12:15 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

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8377 North Port Washington Rd., Fox Point, WI 53217 

414/351-7380

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