The School District of Milton’s Strategic Planning Committee will be looking into what to do going forward after its operational referendum passed but its capital referendum failed at the polls on Election Day.
Jon Cruzan is the school board president and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. He said the board wants to get moving quickly. The operational referendum that voters approved gives the district $2.5 million a year for five years.
“A portion of that, of course, goes to cover our structural deficit, but there’s money beyond that which will help us maintain and improve our robust programs,” Cruzan said.
District Administrator Tim Schigur said the committee will prioritize what to address first.
“We have a long list of needs,” he said. “So we’ll look at how we address those, whether it’s staffing, whether it’s materials, whether it’s repairs. We’ll talk through that.”
The committee will also discuss how to move forward after voters shot down the $87 million capital referendum by a slim margin. That money would have gone toward building a new high school and upgrading safety and security features at other buildings in the district.
“The fact of the matter is the needs and the issues haven’t gone away,” Cruzan said. “The issues are the same as they’ve been for a number of years.”
One option moving forward is to put the referendum back on the ballot in April, but to do that, the district has to decide by January.
“We’re not going to rush just to get something done, but at the same time, we’re going to step it up and see what we get accomplished,” Cruzan said.
He said he’s interested in hearing input from the community.
“Our schools are so positive. Milton is such a phenomenal community to live in,” he said. “We can do so many more good things if we find a way to do it together, and I think that’s what we’ll be reaching out to do.”
Cruzan and his fellow committee members Betsy Lubke and Shelly Crull-Hanke are scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the School District of Milton office. The meeting is open to the public.