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.

WOW! We could have had a V8 like Brookfield Academy's $12.5 mil high school

Elmbrook, Elmbrook 2008 Referendum, High Schools

I still believe that we could manage our facilities needs without a referendum. Adding an unbonded $1 to $2 million a year, just for the high schools, to our capital improvement budget, could go a long way in improving our schools. (This would require referendum approval.) 

(Remember, we defeased $2.5 mil in 2006--did not require referendum approval--so that amount has been added to our tax bills before.)

When we finish paying on Dixon and Brookfield El, we could do even more without a tax increase.

In years we have surpluses at year end, this year we had $3.5 million, "most in 10 years",  we could make noticeable improvements.

But, for those of you who want NEW, quicker, consider how much Brookfield Academy is getting for their $12.5 million. We could do something like their high school as an addition. Be sure to take a look.

I have posted their plans and information on how much they are getting for their money, plus an idea on how Elmbrook could have come up with a total referendum with more new square footage for $31 million.

Think a little outside the box. 

Brookfield Academy's $12.5 mil high school

Correction: C G SCHMIDT Cost summary of Referendum

ACADEMICS, NOT ATHLETICS AND AIR CONDITIONING--did you know they are air conditioning even the gyms?

Tomorrow is the big day, Millions of Dollars Tuesday!


Elmbrook School District Referendum Links:

Frequently Asked Questions  Not to be missed!

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

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.

Tax Calculator  

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)


Links: Brookfield7, Betterbrookfield Vicki Mckenna 

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