The Northland Pines School District, with four schools located in Vilas County, will go to referendum Tuesday, Feb. 19, to exceed the revenue limits for operational purposes. 

The district is requesting $4.6 million per year for three years starting with the 2019-’20 school year. If passed, this referendum will replace the current referendum which was passed in 2016 for $3.9 million per year. The current $3.9 million referendum is set to expire at the end of the 2018-’19 school year.

District Administrator Scott Foster will hold four informational meetings to present directly to the public regarding the operations of the school district and the impact on taxpayers of this operational school referendum. Meetings will be held as follows:

— Thursday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Land O’ Lakes Elementary School;

— Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Northland Pines Middle and High School in Eagle River;

— Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Germain Elementary School; and

— Monday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. at Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River.

The new referendum would include funds to keep a school resource officer position in the district, safety enhancements to all buildings, and the maintenance of school programs and opportunities for students. 

The $4.6 million that is being requested is below the projected $5 million shortfall for the next three years. Budget cuts have and will continue to be looked at in the areas of administration and overall staffing. 

The board and administration also will look at ways to generate revenue, including new grants and various ways to attract more families to the school district.

“At Northland Pines School District, we believe that all students have dreams and abilities which we can and will support to help them reach their career or work goals.” said Foster. 

“While we instinctively put safety first, we also support the whole child, with social/emotional support and many opportunities for academic growth. We have traditional schools, charter schools, an excellent staff, an environment rich for learning, many cocurricular offerings and great school, athletic and activities facilities, which we take pride in sharing with our community,” he added.

For more information, visit npsd.k12.wi.us/district/referendum.cfm to discover the needs of the referendum, how the current request is calculated, as well as how the district has used the funds in the past. 

If an organization would like to host a presentation for its members, contact Scott Foster directly to schedule a date and time at (715) 479-6487, opt. 1, or on his cell at (715) 891-1198.