… we have a small favor to ask. Thousands of people have placed their trust in the Racine County Eye’s high-impact journalism because we focus on solutions-based journalism.

With no shareholders or billionaire owners, we can provide trustworthy journalism that focuses on helping readers.

Unlike many others, Racine County Eye’s journalism is available for everyone to read, regardless of what they can afford to pay. We do this because we believe in information equality. Greater numbers of people can keep track of events, understand their impact on people and communities, and become inspired to take meaningful action.

If there were ever a time to join us, it is now. Every contribution, however big or small, powers our journalism and sustains our future. Support the Racine County Eye from as little as $5 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.


Your contribution is appreciated.

Caledonia resident Brian Dey explains to the Sturtevant Village Board what steps his group is taking to organize a school district independent of Racine Unified.


Sturtevant trustees next month will talk about the possibility of adding an advisory referendum to the April ballot to gauge residents’ support for a school district independent of Racine Unified.

During the Tuesday board meeting, Caledonia resident Brian Dey explained the process the group in that village is using to organize a new school district. He made a similar presentation earlier this fall to the Mount Pleasant Village Board.

Before commissioning a financial study that lays out the potential costs and benefits for taxpayers, Dey said Sturtevant would need to hold an advisory referendum so the board knows if this is even a direction where residents want to go.

“You have to be sure the community wants this before you pay for a study,” he said.

The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is the group that would put all the numbers together, and Dey said the price for Caledonia could be about $30,000.

Trustee John Johnson noted the biggest hurdle for either of the villages will be overcoming the state law that says even if residents do support an independent school district, the RUSD Board of Education has the final say.

“That’s why the referendum is so important,” Dey answered. “The advisory referendum is the best message to send.”

Trustee Chris Larsen’s Administration, Personnel, Policy and Legal Committee will discuss at the Jan. 13 continual committee meeting placing the referendum on the April general election ballot.

If the referendum is on the April ballot and residents do vote for it, board members would then budget for the study in 2016.

In the meantime, Village Administrator/Clerk Mary Cole will investigate whether or not paying for the study can legitimately fall under the village’s tax incremental financing district.

Advertising disclosure
To support our site and content, we work with partners to present valuable offers to help you save, earn, and get ahead. We may be compensated for the purchase of goods and services made through the links in this offer program.
Offers for you
Curated offers for our readers
advertiser disclosure
Coding for kids! Introducing programming games for the next generation. Get your kids coding today.
Start with a free trial.
Start with a free trial.

Get your students coding in no time!

CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game-based environment where kids learn to code without any prior experience. After completing CodeMonkey's award-winning coding courses, kids will be able to navigate through the programming world with a sense of confidence and accomplishment.

Kids will love learning to code with CodeMonkey

  • Ready to Go Courses. With CodeMonkey’s teacher kit and support team, anyone can teach the basics of computer science.
  • Real Coding Languages. CodeMonkey's courses teach text-based coding so students learn to program like a real developer.
  • Game-Based Learning. Kids learn coding in an engaging and rewarding environment that utilizes gaming elements.

Free Trial - Enjoy a full-blown gaming experience that will teach your kids to code!

One reply on “Trustees Talking Independent School District Referendum”