Pursuant to Ch. 67 and Sec. 67.12(12)(e)2, we the undersigned electors of Racine Unified School District petition for a referendum election on the resolution of the Racine Unified School Board to authorize the borrowing of an amount not to exceed $5,950,000 to provide for the issuance and sale of general obligation promissory notes therefore, for the purpose of buying and renovating property at the Surgitek campus to serve as the District’s Central Office, which was adopted by the Racine Unified school board on September 20, 2010 and published on September 23, 2010.h/t Beth at Racine Uncovered
City Council President Jeff Coe is building opposition to Racine Unified's plans to spend $10 million to move its central office.
Coe is gathering signatures on a petition and may ask the City Council to consider going on record opposing the move, which he says is a waste of money. Coe isn't saying much about his plans, other than that he wants it known that people oppose Unified's move.
The Racine Unified School Board voted last week to borrow nearly $6 million to move its central office to the former Surgitek campus at 3037 Mount Pleasant St. After voting 4-3 last month to approve the move, the board voted 7-2 in favor of borrowing the money to pay for the move. The move is expected to generate $9 million in savings for the school district over the next 20 years.
Superintendent James Shaw writes on his blog that the move will save $450,000 per year in energy costs, which will free up money for classrooms.