Welcome to the Sparta Area School District!
Residents of the Sparta Area School District will be asked to
vote on an important referendum question on Tuesday,
Nov. 4. The District is asking permission to increase its
revenue restrictions for operating funds by $750,000 for each of
the next four years. The purpose of the referendum is three fold:
To support the District's 21st Century Community
Learning Centers, to improve safety and security in our schools and
to improve access to technology and educational resources.
Wisconsin law establishes for each Wisconsin school
district an amount that is needed to provide a basic education for
its students. School districts that want to go beyond this revenue
cap must go to referendum for permission as our District did in
2012. Funding from this ballot financed facility improvements, were
used to establish our Community Learning Center at Southside
Elementary and begin our one-to-one technology program at
Access to funding from the 2012 referendum will end with the
current school year budget. Without approval in the upcoming
November referendum, the District will lose this additional
levy and accompanying state aid. It is important to understand that
an approved referendum in November would replace the existing
referendum with the same dollar commitment. It will not
require an increase in property taxes.
The safety and security of students and staff is always our
first concern. The projects that would be funded by an approved
referendum will likely include the installation of controlled
entrances to each of our schools, replacement of classroom door
locking mechanisms in several schools, improving the safety of
pickup and drop off areas at Southside, Lawrence Lawson and
Maplewood Schools, and increasing the use of video security
Referendum funds would also be used to continue to support our
very successful Community Learning Center (CLC) programs at
Lawrence Lawson Elementary, Southside Elementary, Maplewood
Elementary and Meadowview Schools. Hundreds of students benefit
from the program's emphasis on homework help, healthy activities
and nutrition - while providing a safe place for students. Approval
of the November referendum will ensure the continuation of all of
our current centers and allow us to open a CLC to serve students at
Cataract Elementary School.
Finally, referendum funds will allow us to continue to grow our
one-to-one technology program. Currently, students in grades four
through eight have access to their own iPad or Chromebook. These
devices extend the learning day, provide ready access to
educational content and programming, and are excellent motivators
for student learning and involvement. It is important that this
level of access to technology be expanded into the high school
grades. Referendum funds will also be used to improve programming
in our career and technical education department and replace major
curricular materials such as our current reading/language arts
The District's Referendum Information Committee is working to
educate the public about the November referendum. A fact sheet will
be mailed to all box holders in October. An information page is
being developed for our website and presentations will be held
throughout October. Three presentations intended for the general
public are scheduled as follows:
- Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Sparta High School Cafeteria,
506 N. Black River St.
- Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Barney Community Center, 1000 E
- Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., The Parenting Place, 201 E.
Residents are also welcome to attend presentations at parent
organization meetings held in October. A complete list can be found
on the referendum page at www.spartan.org/referendum.
I urge you to become familiar with the purpose and the impact of
the November referendum. And please take time to vote on Nov. 4. If
you have any questions about this issue, or other District matters,
please do not hesitate to contact me.
John Hendricks, District Administrator
Oct. 25: Sparta High School Key Club Monster Dash, 10
a.m., Sparta High School,
Oct. 28: Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., AEC Conference
Oct. 29: Referendum Presentation, 7
p.m., The Parenting Place, 201 E. Franklin St.
Nov. 6: Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," presented by The Sparta
Excalibur Players, 7 p.m., Sparta High School auditorium
Nov. 7: Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," presented by The
Sparta Excalibur Players, 7 p.m., Sparta High School
Nov. 8: Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," presented
by The Sparta Excalibur Players, 7 p.m., Sparta High School
Nov. 9: Disney's "Beauty and the Beast,"
presented by The Sparta Excalibur Players, 2 p.m., Sparta High
Check out the full Sparta Area School District Calendar
Past Sparta Area School District Newsletters are available here.
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the 2013-14 Sparta Area School District Calendar.
Click here to
view the 2014-15 Sparta Area School District Calendar.
To view highlights of the 2014-15 Sparta Area School District
here. *Please note, the Cataract Open House date has been
changed to 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 26.
Information on enrolling your child in the Sparta Area School
District is available here.