Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Academics, not Athletics


Why $21 million dollars for gymnasiums and other facilities for athletes? I am OK to fix up or replace the schools, but any money for new athletic facilities should come directly from the parents who feel this is important. The average taxpayer should not be requested to pay millions so a few kids can play basketball and volleyball. We already have adequate athletic facilities. Most high schools serving 2600 kids don't have 8 gym stations.

It is interesting that the last failed referendum permitted one to vote down the new gym facilities separately, and now, realizing the opposition to the gyms, they thought it was better to include it with the academic package. I think that is a pretty clear indication that they did not think the 6 new gymnasiums had any chance at all if they were separated. Vote NO until the Board presents a reasonable option.

- Vote new schools, Brookfield

Actually, if you review the proposed plans, they want to add 88,865 sq feet of gyms and related space. In addition to the 45 % increase of direct gym space, they want to add gym lobby, gym storage, and locker rooms. 97.4% of the NEW construction at both schools is related to athletics / gym space. The only non-athletic addition is a small security entrance at both schools, and 1,900 sq ft of special education space at Brookfield Central. If you consider that they now have at least 68,413 sq ft of gym / athletic space at both schools, adding the proposed 80,000+ square feet is more than doubling the athletic space presently available. They do propose to reclaim a small percentage of "old gym space" for academic use. Note also, they recognize substantial REDUCTION of students over the next 10-30 years.

I am not sure the "remodel project" should be mostly about new space for athletes. I love our athletic programs, but I think we need to focus on academics. $21 million may be too much for our high school athletes.

Please review their plans yourself at the Elmbrook Schools website.

Link to High School plans: (Note plans are filed under "needs and solutions" not under "conceptual architect plans).

- Eaglewatch, Brookfield


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