8/28/2013 1:05:00 PM Public hears info on Cameron building plans
Assistant superintendent Joe Leschisin explains plans.
Valerie Leair Chronotype staff
About 55 Cameron residents attended a public meeting last Wednesday, Aug. 21 about the plans for a referendum asking residents for $23.5 million. The money is to build an elementary school, renovate areas of the high school and middle school and build athletic fields. Joe Leschisin, assistant superintendent of the district, said the Village of Cameron has shown interest in buying 16.5 acres of the 80 acre section of land that the district purchased for the school. The land purchase would be along Hwy. SS. He said that new site plans for the roads if the sale goes through would be posted on the website "www.cameron.k12.wi.us/referendum." "We've reconfigured the access into the parking lot," said Leschisin. "And safety for the kids is our first concern." He said that the acreage that may be purchased doesn't really impact the school building plans but that the road that runs at the back of the acreage would then be maintained by the village. "There would be a savings to the district of not maintaining the road," said Leschisin. One audience member said, "This is really potential growth for the whole community." "And this still leaves us with plenty of room for expansion in the future if it's needed," said Leschisin. Randal Braun, superintendent, said that if the village buys the land, it would take about $170,000 off the land debt. The purchase price for the entire 80 acres was about $880,000 and the District has already made a $200,000 payment. The remaining land payment is not included in the referendum. Leschisin also said that he doesn't expect the teaching or aide staff to change by having the new elementary school. "We are also looking at building so the school is very energy efficient," he said. The school would be about 90,000 square feet and have five-section classroom arrangements for Grade 1-3 and a four-section arrangement for Grade 4. There will be additional Pre-K program classroom areas. Increased areas for art and music are planned, grade levels will have their own bathroom, there will be areas for student services such as occupational and physical therapy and a 9,000 square foot gymnasium with a stage and performance area. Secure front entrances for all three schools are in the plans along with other renovations at the two other schools. A softball field and a baseball field are planned at the elementary school site. The football field and multi-use track for both student and community use will be built in back of the high school and middle school. Lisa Voisin of Robert Baird and Co. financial consultants said that the cost to taxpayers at an interest rate of 4.5% would be around $2.05 on a $1,000 valuation. "The current rate is 3.99%," said Voisin. "The 25-year historical average is 5.5%. Borrowing at the lower rate saves a homeowner about $54 per year." A presentation of facts takes place Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Cameron Senior Center. - - - -