The Central High School District of Westosha is a community treasure with a rich history of providing excellent opportunities for our students and families.
Thanks to our hardworking students, dedicated staff and supportive community, we’ve built on this tradition and have made some amazing advances in recent years.
While our primary focus will always be to enhance student learning, we also need to finalize a plan to update our school building.
Nearly two years of facility planning, evaluation of a facility study, and results of a community-wide survey led to the Board of Education’s decision to place a referendum question on the April 6 ballot.
Enhance Safety & Security
- Upgrade exterior locks and safety features
- Modify the main entrance to better monitor and control visitor access
- Revise drop-off/pick-up traffic flow to improve safety
- Upgrade/add security cameras
- Add lockable interior doors to partition off school sections and update door locks
- Improve exterior lighting
Upgrade Building Infrastructure
Although our school has been well-maintained, some components have reached or exceeded their useful life. Upgrades are needed to:
- Replace lighting, flooring, ceilings, walls, etc.
- Remove remaining asbestos
- Update the plumbing, heating / ventilation, and electrical systems
- Replace sections of roof
Modernize Educational Spaces
Many spaces in the older parts of the building have remained nearly untouched since the 1950s and 1960s. Due to their age, many do not support today’s approach to teaching and learning and need:
- Better access to technology
- Flexible furniture for collaboration
- Areas for small-group instruction
- Modern art, choir and F&CS areas
The library, specifically, is used much differently than in previous generations. The current space does not support:
- Today’s research styles
- Student collaboration
- Small-group instruction
- Access to technology
Expand Activities & Performing Arts Areas
We have limited gym space, which impacts practices and community use. Needs include:
- Space for physical education, indoor practices, and athletic events
- More availability for community programming
- A gathering space to improve access and flow for school and community events
- New locker rooms
Because the high school does not have an auditorium, performances are held in the cafeteria or gym. Challenges include:
- Scheduling conflicts
- Cafeteria is not an appropriate environment for music/drama events
- Existing cafeteria is too small to serve the current student population
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The Investment | not to exceed $39,600,000
- Our Board of Education has worked hard to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.
- The District’s tax mill rate, which is used to calculate property taxes, has dropped over the past seven years.
- The District’s mill rate is considerably lower than other high school districts in our area.
- The District has not asked the community to consider a referendum since 2009.
If the referendum is approved by voters, the estimated tax increase will be $59 per $100,000 of equalized property value for a period of 20 years.
Use the tax impact calculator below to calculate the estimated tax impact for your property value.
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- When is the Central High School District Referendum?
- When was the last time that the District went to referendum?
- What are the major projects associated with this referendum?
- Why does the District need a second gym?
- What is the financial impact of the referendum on local taxpayers?
- Why is the District placing a referendum on the ballot at this time?
- Why can’t the District fund these projects using their general budget?
- Many local districts are asking their taxpayers for an operational referendum this spring; will Central ask for that next year?
- How are architects and builders decided for this project?
- How does Central’s tax rate (mill rate) compare to surrounding high school union districts?