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.

re: sadly, ADA

last year, 327/07 Andy Smith How many handicapped/mobility problem students, those who would need ramps and elevators, are presently at East High School?
No visually nor physically impaired students are able to attend Central.  I am told that there are approximately 10 students who need access to elevators and/or ramps who attend East and that number reflects Central students who have had their placement become East.


"I need to tell you that you are sadly mistaken when it comes to the facts. This proposal is very much more academic than athletic." 

science labs need extra station/s, what if nonresident students were removed?

classroom brought up to speed, is that the TEACH wiring they never completed?



I am unsure why I am taking the time to write this but I need to tell you that you are sadly mistaken when it comes to the facts.  This proposal is very much more academic than athletic.  Every classroom will be updated to meet today's technology needs, libraries will be expanded for the academic need (currently students can't get into the libraries to do research if a class is using the space).  Science labs will be expanded and made safe for today's academics.  Academics and the arts will be enhanced because current gym space is being repurposed.  It is more cost effective to build gym additions vs. classroom additions.  Further the gym space will be used by our entire community (Park and Rec -- seniors will have a walking track instead of the mall which have kicked them out -- and we will be able to gain revenue by renting out the space).  Believe it or not only the crowded stairwells are being expanded so they can meet ADA standards.  Only 2 classrooms per core will be expanded and the room utilization will be 80%.  This is a plan that even Cindy said she thought she could support. It meets our academic needs and is fiscally responsible.  A home built in the 60's has most certainly been updated.  It is time for our schools too.   Believe me I have done my homework, I have spent seven months reviewing every part of this project.  I have made compromises.  There is no perfect plan but this one is fair!

Kyle's reply: Molly, please don't confuse my lack of support for this referendum with your idea that I don't think some things need to be done.  Obviously my idea of a "need" is different from your definition of a "need."

I do not doubt your sincerity and zeal for the project, but I still see too much "fat" in it. And as for Cindy, I think it is best she speaks for herself.

Guest posting: Referendum: a blank check to build or add athletic facilities? 


Elmbrook School District Referendum Links:

HSST Meeting Minutes 

Cost Breakdowns of Type of Work (cost per square footage)

Wording of the April 1, 2008 $62.190.000 referendum 

Architect's Conceptual High School Floorplans--East and Central

Facility "Needs" comparison of failed 2007 and present 2008 referendums

Key Academic Benefits: click on that subject heading.

Tour Schedule  

Tax Calculator  

Frequently Asked Questions

Elmbrook asks for smaller expansion--JSOnline (Also includes links to past articles)

Still no link to the 2008 Election Edition of the Link. Hope you got your copy.
counter hit xanga

Former 2007 Referendum Facilities Facts Sheets (Still a good read)


The countdown continues: Just 12 days until MILLIONS OF DOLLARS Tuesday!

Email me your thoughts on the $62.2 million dollar referendum.

Links: Brookfield7, Betterbrookfield Vicki Mckenna 



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