A Comprehensive PK - 12 District
In recent years, we have pre-paid the 2005 referendum debt that funded previous facility updates and will soon pay it off. As a result, we have an opportunity to invest in our facilities with no increase over the current school tax rate for referendum debt.
Question: Shall the Unified School District of Marshfield, Wood, Marathon and Clark Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $99,500,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a district- wide school building and facility improvement project consisting of: construction of additions, including for a secure entrance, career and tech ed space, classrooms, student services, and cafeteria/commons and fitness areas, renovations and capital maintenance, building systems, infrastructure and site improvements at Marshfield High School; capital maintenance and building systems improvements at Marshfield Middle School; renovations and building systems, infrastructure, safety and site improvements at the elementary schools; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment?
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Grant: Replace the roof and windows and add air conditioning to remaining areas
Lincoln: Replace plumbing and add conditioning to remaining areas
Madison : Expand parking and add a sidewalk on the north side of the school
Nasonville : Replace the roof, as needed, and reconfigure drop-off/pick-up areas
Washington : Update areas for students receiving special education services
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Excerpt from Marshfield Hub City Times
March 1, 2023
School Referendum: Beyond the price tagCTE a major focus of proposed plan
BY MIKE WARRENEDITOR
Part I of V
MARSHFIELD - As we draw closer to an important vote on April 4, Hub City Times will dissect various aspects of the School District of Marshfield's proposed $99.5 million construction and renovation referendum. In this edition, we break down the portion of the project dealing with Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming at Marshfield High School.
The proposed improvements were identified by the district's Community-Based Facility Planning Committee, a group of school officials and residents who have been working since May 2022 to create a new long-range facility plan for the district.
"The needs of the high school took on a real focal point for the work that the committee completed," said Superintendent Dr. Ryan Christianson, during a recent program Hub City Times produced, in conjunction with Marshfield Broadcasting. "We had people on the committee that come from the manufacturing industry, as well as the ag industry, recognizing and acknowledging the need for improving our teaching and learning spaces for students that are going into the trades," Christianson added.
Current School Board Vice-President Dan Neve, who spent 35 years with Staab Construction, is a member of that committee and immediately saw the needs at the high school during multiple tours. "Going into this, Tech Ed was certainly one of my focuses," Neve said. "Our spaces are 55 years old, and when you think about an industry over the last 55 years, how all industry has changed, I think that's probably the big thing that we learned was that our spaces are 55 years old and we're trying to teach students in those spaces that are going out to the workforce now," Neve added. "We realized that, not only are the spaces limited, but so are the equipment and the resources. Manufacturing is a big part of Marshfield area and I think that we as a district need to understand that putting kids through these programs, we can't hold them back because of space."
"We have one of the best career and tech. ed. programs in the state of Wisconsin, but we're doing it in a space that largely has the same footprint that it did in 1968," Christianson noted.
"We feel the school district has done an excellent job of maintaining our facilities with the limited operational revenue that we have within the operational portion of our budget to do the work that we need to. When we're talking about expanding and improving facilities to the magnitude and given the needs that are here, it goes beyond your regular operational budget. That's what brings on the need for, in this case, a facility referendum to improve and expand things," he added.
In the welding area, two rooms would become one, with an expansion to the west. The current concept also includes an addition onto the north end of the campus, to extend construction and auto programs. The plan also incorporates expansions in the art and agricultural educational areas.
The plan also incorporates renovated Engineering/Electronics/ Robotics learning spaces. "We're talking about things that weren't even available at the time that this building on-boarded," said Christianson. "We've added in the last couple of years a Robotics program, including a competitive Robotics team that competed internationally this last year."
The plan also calls for a new greenhouse on the… (See PLAN page 10) (PLAN from page 2)west side of the campus, along with an Animal Science lab. "When you look at the better Ag programs that are out there these days, they do have an Animal Science lab area to be able to work with live animals within a lab space," Christianson mentioned. "And the existing greenhouse that we have right now is really more for demonstration and simple lab work. When we're talking about the type of programming that they've taken on, they need more greenhouse space," he added.
The portion of the base plan covering Marshfield High School also calls for combining new construction with renovated areas to create a new studentservices department for counselors, social workers, school psychologists and confidential meeting rooms.
"Marshfield High School is in its 55th year," Christianson noted. "At the time of on-boarding that building, the prior Marshfield High School - which is now our middle school - was only 28 years old when it was replaced with a new facility. The current middle school facility ran as a high school from 1940 to '68. That's about 28 years. The current Marshfield High School is twice the age right now as the prior building was when it was replaced."
To watch the first part in our referendum series, go to the City of Marshfield website (www. ci.marshfield.wi.us) and find the Government tab at the top of the page. Under that tab, click on the first choice (Agendas, Minutes, Packets and Videos). Scroll down to find the blue "here" link where the page reads, "You can watch City meetings Live here." Click on that link, then click "OK" when it asks if you want to proceed. Once there, click on the "Videos" tab and scroll down until you find the video entitled, "Marshfield School Referendum 2023 - Pl."
Excerpt from Marshfield Hub City
March 8, 2023
School referendum: Beyond the price tag Kitchen, Commons major focus at MHS
Part II of V
MARSHFIELD - If the Marshfield School District's $99.5 million referendum is successful on April 4, there are areas of Marshfield High School that - aside from regular routine maintenance - would get upgraded for the first time since being constructed more than 55 years ago. As our series on the proposed improvements continues, we take a closer look in this edition at the kitchen and Commons areas of MHS. The proposed improvements were identified by the district's Community. Based Facility Planning Committee, a group of school officials and residents who have been working since May 2022 to create a new long-range facility plan for the district.
"The high school quickly took on a big component to the focus of the work and the interest that the planning committee narrowed in on," said Superintendent Dr. Ryan Christianson, during a recent program Hub City Times produced, in conjunction with Marshfield Broadcasting. "That's why such a big portion of the work for the facility referendum does focus on the high school," he added.
"The high school staff identified the Commons as the top overall facility need that we have at the high school," according to Christianson. "The Commons is the hardest working area of any large high school facility, like a Marshfield High School It is used every period of the day," he noted. "Kids come in and out or are constantly flowing through that. It is regularly used for activities outside of the school day. When it comes to community members and other visitors, the Commons is the most visited space anywhere within a high school facility."
The biggest job the Commons area has during any given school day is serving as a cafeteria for the building's 1,254 students.
Terry Frankland, who served on the CommunityBased Facility Planning Committee which came up with the referendum package, toured the Commons when it was in full operation during several lunch periods last May.
"I was astounded about what was going on there," Frankland said of his visit. "It's well organized, don't get me wrong, but the congestion is unbelievable. We had students still waiting in line for lunch with less than 10 minutes of their lunch period to go," Frankland recalled. "And they still needed to get their lunch, eat their lunch and go to class. Now I don't know if they take some food and carry it to class. They do a good job trying to get the students through, but with that mass of people it's hard."
"It's important to keep in mind that the Commons and kitchen area of Marshfield High School continues to be the same footprint of the 1968 construction," Christianson pointed out. "When the building was constructed in 1968 we had three grades and it was built for about 800- 900 students. We now have four grades with the ninth grade having moved to the high school, and about 1,200 students in the facility. When the '94 addition was put on the building to accommodate the ninth grade moving there, there was no expansion to the Commons or kitchen area. It's still the original space when the building was first constructed. We've actually operated a master schedule at Marshfield High School for almost thirty years now, driven by the fact that we have a Commons and kitchen that's too small," Christianson added.
"It's also important to note that this proposed improvement to the kitchen and Commons area not only expands the square footage space of the Commons itself, it would involve the installation of a dedicated, permanent kitchen servery space. Right now, because it's the original kitchen that was built back in '68, we can't use that original serving area in the kitchen. We actually have mobile server units that we have to roll out and roll back in on a daily basis. So, that's really what contributes to that congestion issue that we've had for going on thirty years now."
Average daily participation in the hot lunch program at the high school is about 400 kids, along with the 125 students who are served breakfast each day. Also generating a steady crowd is the ala carte line, which sells roughly $1,100 worth of food items each day.
But those aren't the only students served by the high school kitchen staff. The MHS kitchen is also preparing more than a thousand lunches for the district's five elementary schools.
"So, we're talking in the range of 1,400-1,500 hot lunches that are prepared in the Marshfield High School kitchen every school day," Christianson noted. "So, when we're talking about that number of meals, and the fact that we're running the hot lunches for the elementary buildings out of that same kitchen, our hot lunch program could certainly benefit from an improvement to the facilities in the kitchen at Marshfield High School."
Christianson also dispels a common misconception that bigger Commons and kitchen spaces are not needed because of a dwindling high school (See PRICE page 9) (PRICE from page 2) student population.
"We do not have declining enrollment at the high school level," he says. "The school district as a whole, and certainly at the high school level, has benefitted from open enrollment. It is pretty common for students from surrounding communities and other districts when they get to the high school level, because of the wide variety and diversity of course offerings that we have, to transfer into our high school. Our high school enrollment numbers are quite healthy. But again, it's important to keep in mind that the issue that we're talking about here has been an issue for thirty years. This isn't a new issue."
Along with a relocated main office and secure entrance, the Commons area would be expanded to the south, and would fill in the concreted space that currently exists between the fieldhouse and music area on either side. A new high school main office would also be added adjacent to the secure entrance, just to the west
"There's not a clearly identifiable single main entrance into the building," Christianson noted.
The plan also calls for a reconfigured circle drive for improved traffic flow and more efficient student pickup and dropoff activities. "That is another common concern that we hear regularly from parents,” Christianson said.
Another noticeable change would reconfigure the current teacher/visitor parking lot that's within the circle drive, to allow for entry from the south, along with an additional driveway into and out of that lot from Becker Road.
District officials will hold a community informational meeting on the proposed improvements on Monday, March 20 at 6 p.m. in the Marshfield High School library, with an optional building tour to follow. The district also has information related to the referendum on its website at www.marshfieldschools. org/referendum.
March 15, 2023
School referendum: Beyond the price tag Parts of MHS would see first-ever upgrades
BY MIKE WARREN EDITOR
Part III of V
MARSHFIELD - As our series on the Marshfield School District's proposed $'99.5 million referendum and facilities improvement plan continues, we take a closer look in this edition at the athletic and operational building system improvements planned for Marshfield High School.
The proposed improvements were identified by the district's Community-Based Facility Planning Committee, a group of school officials and residents who have been working since May 2022 to create a new, longrange facility plan for the district.
The fieldhouse wing of the MHS campus would see significant changes under the proposed plan.
"When you look at our current footprint -the 1968 footprint -we had a singlegender sport, and we didn't have all the offerings that we do now, even in that single-gender sport," said Athletic Director Nathan Delaney, during a recent program Hub City Times produced, in conjunction with Marshfield Broadcasting. "So, fast forward to the 70s and Title IX and the addition of some of the other sports that are indoors, particularly gymnastics and swimming, it kind of puts stress on a facility that was built 55 years ago."
The proposal includes an expanded swimming deck space along the east side of the pool. "To watch a swim meet right now you have to watch it from the fieldhouse," Delaney points out. "That creates its own set of safety and logistical issues. Not necessarily a great viewing environment for our spectators."
There's also a plan to add a new fitness and weight room facility onto the south side of the fieldhouse, expanded and renovated boys' and girls' locker rooms along the east side and new bleachers, which would replace the original, wooden ones installed 55 years ago. Terry Frankland, a member of the Facility Planning Committee which identified the district's needs, said the improvement plan should be looked at as more than just new or better facilities for students, parents and the Marshfield community.
"Being a former businessman in Marshfield, we have to be aware it's a marketing tool," Frankland said. "Families moving to this community, with Highway 10 being fourlane to Stevens Point, and basically four-lane now to Wausau, people say, 'Well, I'm going to work for a facility in Marshfield, but... this high school has more to offer than our high school, and they're more updated.' We need to be aware of that," he adds. "It's a big marketing tool to have state-of-the-art equipment."
Superintendent Dr. Ryan Christianson is quick to point out the proposed improvements in the athletic spaces at MHS are not geared toward just sports programs. "It does include our regular physical education curriculum as well," he says. "I think it's important to note that the variety of P.E. courses and the diversity of curricula within those P.E. courses that we have today is so (See REFERENDUM page 5) (REFERENDUM from page 2 ) much more expansive than it was years ago. And, with a growing emphasis on fitness-based, lifelong physical activity, learning and development, we're doing some very innovative things already with our P.E. curriculum, and we could do even more with a fitness center like we're proposing to build," Christianson adds. "We have a lot of kids who are not in any of our athletic programs that are very heavily focused on physical fitness and improving the body and mind collectively."
The portion of the base plan covering Marshfield High School also calls for replacement of the fieldhouse flooring, scoreboards and lighting.
Plans also call for major upgrades to the operational parts of the building within the walls and floors of the facility.
"We have approximately 27,000 square feet of mechanical room space at Marshfield High School, much of which is in the lower-level basement area of the building," Christianson says. "That is a significant component of the work that is planned for the high school with this facility referendum, is to replace heating, ventilation, airconditioning systems that are coming up on 55 years of age," he adds. "A cooling tower for the airconditioning system alone that is under constant repair, and really is past its life expectancy and needs to be replaced."
"It's actually a miracle that this equipment is still running," says current School Board Vice-President Dan Neve, who spent nearly four decades working in the construction and building trades industries. "We have to realize that the high school, or all of our schools, are not a home. They're a commercial space, industrial space, that runs on big systems," Neve adds. "And these systems have been there for 55-plus years. And it's actually amazing to me that we still have been able to keep them running. If we don't address the inner workings, we're going to have problems."
Regardless of whether the referendum passes, Neve says many of the operational aspects of MHS will need replacing sooner than later, and those are parts you simply cannot get shipped overnight, next week or even next month.
"MCCs (mechanical control centers) have a nine-month to a year waiting list right now," Neve says. "So, if we had a failure with one of these the school could be shut down for a year's time waiting for equipment. We've been lucky that we haven't had a failure."
Christianson says it would be at least that long before any work would start at the high school, should the referendum be successful.
"Given the size of the work that needs to be done at the high school, we're talking about a minimum 15-month construction schedule period," Christianson says. "We'd also like the public to understand that, if this referendum is passed in April, it'll be a full year before we're breaking ground and starting the construction work itself because we need to go through the fine-detailed design of the work, a construction schedule needs to be put in place, we need to go to bid and order the type of equipment and material that Dan is referring to," Christianson points out. "So, that's another component to planning. This is going to take a while."
Christianson says other planned improvements at the high school fall under the category of energy efficiency, by replacing ceiling fixtures and aging windows and upgrading lighting to energy-efficient LEDs.
District officials will hold a community informational meetings on the proposed improvements on Monday, March 20 at 6 p.m. in the Marshfield High School library, with an optional building tour to follow. The district also has information related to the referendum on its website at www.marshfieldschools.org/referendum.
March 22, 2023
School referendum: Beyond the price tag MMS, elementary schools also part of plan
Part IV of V
MARSHFIELD - All seven Marshfield schools would see improvements, should voters approve a $'99.5 million facilities referendum April4. As our series continues, we take a closer look in this edition at the proposed plans for Marshfield Middle School and the district's five elementary facilities.
The proposed improvements were identified by the district's Community- Based Facility Planning Committee, a group of school officials and residents who have been working since May 2022 to create a new, long range facility plan for the district.
"The major part of the work at the middle school is with the plumbing system," said Dr. Ryan Christianson, during a recent program Hub City Times produced in cooperation with Marshfield Broadcasting. "In fact, when we ran the community survey back in November this last fall to get feedback from the community on whether to move forward with this referendum, we had a specific question about investing money in upgrading the plumbing system at the middle school, and the results of that community survey were favorable," Christianson added. "The answer we got on that question is 'yes', that people would support that."
Christianson noted much of the middle school's plumbing system is original to a building that dates back to the late 19308.
"We're doing a lot of maintenance work on it, and our maintenance crew does very good work, but a lot of this material is so aged they go in to fix stuff and it just kind of crumbles and falls apart, and you can only continue to deal with that patchwork so far to where you really need to change the overall infrastructure of that plumbing system," Christianson said.
"Like all systems for plumbing, they're buried," says current School Board Vice-President Dan Neve, who spent nearly four decades working in the construction and building trades industries. "They're hidden in the walls, they're underneath the floors. So, for us to do the bathrooms, when you walk in the bathrooms in the middle school you walk in and you realize you took a step back in time," Neve adds. "Many of them are not AD compliant, so we've got to do that, plus fix the plumbing pipes and get things up to standards, and I think it's one of those things we have to address."
Each of the district's five elementary schools would also see improvements under the referendum plan. The largest of those projects would occur at Grant Elementary, where the plan is to replace the roof and windows, add air conditioning to areas which currently do not have it and reconfigure the entrance to include a relocated and secure office entry point.
"Grant School is the (elementary) school that we've identified as having the greatest needs," says Christianson. "It's important to begin with reminding people that Grant Elementary School, which may seem like a new building, is already 30-plus years old. The building was onboarded in 1992."
Christianson adds that an air-conditioning upgrade is one of the biggest needs at Grant, which serves as the hub of activity for the district's elementary-level summer school program.
"When the building was built it was set up with air conditioning only on the internal part of the building," Christianson points out. "So, it's just the internal portions of the building that have air conditioning. The exterior classrooms do not. The intent in the design from the early 90s when this was constructed is that the cool air from the interior would filter out and hopefully cross the hallways and maybe make its way into other parts of the building. That's, first off, not a very efficient system, but secondly, that predates a lot of the school safety measures we have in place now," Christianson adds. "We operate during the school day with doors closed and locked, so that in particular really is not an effective system anymore. On top of that it's important because Grant Elementary School is the location of our summer school program, so we have a large number of kids that are in there during the hot months of the summer that would really benefit from a more thorough coverage of air conditioning within the building."
The main focus of the work at Grant would relocate the main office to the front of the building, and would essentially swap places with a current music room.
"Grant Elementary School is our only elementary building where the main office is not located at the front entry of the building," Christianson notes. "So, the plan is to flip-flop those areas - music and the main office - to relocate the main office to the front entry with a proper secure entry that would allow visitors to enter directly into the main office."
Other work planned for Grant includes kitchen remodeling.
"Grant School is twice the size of our other elementary buildings and we continuously are serving more and more meals at all levels and the kitchen facility needs some work to put us in a position to better serve students meals at Grant School," added Christianson.
The final phase of work slated for Grant includes a reconfiguration of the parking lot and the circle drive, to make for a more efficient and safer drop-off/ pickup area.
At the nearly 70-year-old Lincoln Elementary at 17th-andFelker, the plan is to replace aging and deteriorating plumbing systems and add air conditioning to areas which currently do not have it.
"The renovated new portions of the building, which includes the main office and the library, are the only areas that are currently air conditioned, so the idea here, for improved learning space for our kids, is to outfit the full building with air conditioning," Christianson said.
He adds the plan would also replace original plumbing dating back to when the school was constructed in 1957.
"We have original plumbing systems in place there that really are due for replacement to put that building in a better operational mode," Christianson adds.
The referendum plans also call for roof replacement, as needed, at Nasonville Elementary.
"I think it's important to remind people that building is already more than twenty years old," says Christianson. "It was built in 2001 and we have parts of the roof that need to be replaced."
Christianson adds the plan at Nasonville also calls for a reconfigured drop-off/pickup area.
"The traffic out on Highway 10 is not getting any lighter," he says. "That's an area that obviously is a safety concern, so the improvements at Nasonville do involve expanding the parking lot area, expanding the circle drive, installing a better-dedicated turn lane on the westbound lane of Highway IO to make for a safer arrangement for parents dropping offin the morning, as well as when cars start to line up for pickup at the end of the day," Christianson added. "The circle drive situation and traffic congestion was the No. 1 identified need of improvement at Nasonville Elementary."
The district's newest schools are Madison and Washington elementaries, both built in 2006, and each would see minor upgrades.
At Madison, the referendum would allow for an expanded parking lot and the addition of a sidewalk on the north side of the school. At Washington, Christianson says there is a need for a special-needs bathroom that was not installed at the time the school was built in 2006.
The district has information related to the referendum on its website at www.marshfieldschools.org/ referendum.
In-person voting takes place on April 4. All polling places open at 7 a.m. on spring election day and close at 8 p.m.