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School District of Beloit Referendum

Beloit area residents can learn more about the School District of Beloit referendum which will be on the April 2 ballot during four upcoming community meetings.

Each of the informational sessions on the operational referendum will take place from 6 — 7 p.m. The dates and locations of public meetings on the referendum are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd.
  • Thursday, Feb. 29 at the Rotary River Center, 1160 S. Riverside Drive
  • Wednesday, March 13 at Todd Elemenary School, 1621 Oakwood Ave.
  • Wednesday, March 27 at the Kolak Education Center, 1500 Fourth St.

The wording for the School District of Beloit referendum question to appear on the April 2 ballot is as follows:

“Shall the School District of Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $9,000,000 per year for each of the 2024-2025, 2025-2026, and 2026-2027 school years, for non-recurring purposes, consisting of operational and maintenance expenses including: staff compensation and benefits, to maintain district facilities, to maintain current course offerings, programming and class sizes, and for instructional resources and special education?”

The goal of the referendum information meetings is to share information about the operational referendum and provide an opportunity for community members to learn, discuss and have questions answered. The evening will include a short presentation by Superintendent Dr. Willie E. Garrison II, with most of the evening dedicated to discussion.

“I encourage our community to attend to learn more about school funding and the impact on our district, students and staff. I look forward to everyone’s participation,” Garrison said.

He added the reason the referendum is needed is two-fold — to support school district staff and to benefit students.

“With this referendum, we can continue to support, retain and recruit high-quality teachers and have a direct impact on student academic achievement by maintaining current course offerings, programming, class sizes, instructional resources, and special education support,” Garrison said.

Robert Chady, Executive Director of Business Services, added that the proposed Operational Referendum will also support the maintenance of district facilities.

“Many of our buildings need basic maintenance and upkeep, including roofs, windows, floors, etc. We want to ensure our students learn in safe, engaging classrooms and buildings,” Chady said.

For more information, visit the 2024 Referendum webpage on the district’s website:

Source: Beloit Daily News: