Thank you OASD community! Voters approved both our request for operating funding (Q1: 57% yes to 43% no) and our request for capital funding (Q2: 57% yes to 43% no). Read the full news release here: Voters Approve Oshkosh Schools Requests for Both Operating and Capital Funding
VOTE RESULTS (Updated 11.3.20 at 10:00pm 100% reporting)
Question 1 PASS: YES = 22,242 (57.1%) NO = 16,680 (42.8%)
Question 2 PASS: YES = 21,985 (56.6%) NO = 16,832 (43.4%)
About the 2020 Referendum
On November 3, 2020, Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) residents were able to vote on two school funding requests: one to renew existing operating funds, and another to fund school facility improvements. The requests align with OASD’s strategic plan and its long-range facilities plan - both of which were developed with extensive community input.
Q1: Renew $7.95 million in annual operating funds previously approved by the community in 2014 and 2016 with no tax increase. Funds would help enable the district to continue to advance its community-developed strategic plan, while following its guiding principle of students first by sustaining academic programs, technology for learning, and student support services.
Q2: Invest $107 million in capital funds to advance the first phase of our long-range facilities plan, by building a new middle school and a new elementary school, closing three aging/outdated facilities, enhancing school safety and security, and addressing deferred maintenance and infrastructure needs. The result would be consolidated and modern schools that are more efficient, effective and equitable - with fewer school buildings to maximize use and efficiency.
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Answers to Your Questions
We continue to receive terrific input from staff and community members. Take a moment to view a quick, 10-minute Q&A video with Deputy Superintendent Dr. Dave Gundlach answering FAQ's submitted by staff and community members. Or check out the following additional FAQ document.
- Why are you asking for an operating referendum now?
- Why are you asking for a capital referendum now?
- What if Q1 (operational) fails?
- What if Q2 (capital) fails?
- What will these referendums cost me?
- Why are we building larger elementary and middle schools than what we have currently?
- Why weren’t buildings repaired before?
- What maintenance costs would still exist if Q2 is not approved and we don't move forward with Phase One of the long-term facilities plan?
- Why do you need buildings when so much learning is happening online and virtually?