OASD to Explore Expanded November 2020 Referendum
The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) will not be pursuing an April 2020 capital referendum. However, an expanded November 2020 referendum will be explored. The OASD Board of Education made this decision during its scheduled Special Board Meeting on Thursday, January 16, 2020. During the meeting, the Board voted to postpone the resolution that would have authorized the April 2020 referendum question, indefinitely. The Board will instead consider pursuing a November 2020 referendum in the coming months that would include all projects identified in phase one of the Facility Advisory Committee's recommendations, and as stated in the recent community survey. That plan included Infrastructure and Maintenance, Safety and Security, Building a Middle School, and Building or Updating an Existing Elementary School.
During the meeting, board members discussed the importance of providing the Oshkosh community with a comprehensive and specific long-term facilities plan before pursuing a referendum. Additionally, board members discussed the rationale for the decision, including the desire to continue to listen to information and feedback recently shared by community members and organization leaders as District leaders continue to inform others about OASD needs following the October 2019 community survey. The Board also discussed the importance of ensuring that the community is presented with the information they need to fully understand the District's situation and proposed solutions before voting on a referendum.