Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave attended the Sturtevant Village Board meeting Tuesday to make a short presentation about the county’s 2016 budget and answer questions from trustees about a range of topics.
Delagrave was firm about his support for the study, but he stopped short of saying he could get behind a new school district primarily because he’s concerned about the impact to the City of Racine and the positive strides Racine Unified is making.
“I can’t commit to an independent school district because Racine Unified is making strides, and I don’t want to ruin their accomplishments of the last 12 months,” he said.
During the board meeting, Sturtevant trustees unanimously approved paying $15,000 for the village’s share of a joint independent school district study. The study will be done by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Association at a total cost of $45,000; the Villages of Caledonia and Mount Pleasant will pay the remaining $30,000.
The WISTAX study is expected to look at the following options:
- Three separate K-8 districts and a unified high school
- Three separate K-12 districts
- Caledonia as its own district; Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant as a second district
- One new unified school district
Sturtevant and Caledonia residents in April approved non-binding referendums asking if they support the exploration of a school district separate from Racine Unified, and those villages included the expenditure in their 2016 budgets.
Mount Pleasant residents did not have the question on their ballots, and the cost for a study was not included in the 2016 budget. The village Finance Committee reportedly approved paying for the study and moving the matter up to the full village board for consideration.