December Community Spirit

Mike Richie, TRSD District Administrator

December 2020 Spirit Article  

On behalf of the School District of the Tomorrow River and the Board of Education, thank you to our district residents for passing the operational referendum on November 3, 2020. We had a record turnout as 3,173 residents voted. The referendum passed with 1,897 yes votes to 1,276 no votes. 

What does the passage of the referendum mean? The school district will now be able to exceed the revenue limit by $400,000 for each of the following school years: 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24. Another question I frequently receive is “How will the school district spend this money?” The money is used to maintain the programming and expenditures that we already have in our general fund; this fund is referred to as Fund 10. The state imposed revenue limits do not cover all of our costs for the fiscal year. As an example, last year our higher expenditures were the purchase of a new school bus, as our 2000 bus was not safe to operate and was in desperate need of replacing. We also invested in a new math curriculum, which was a high priority to improve our instruction. 

For this current school year, our higher expenditures include technology software, and the purchase of Chromebooks for our students and laptops for staff to prepare both students and staff for virtual learning. These are just a few examples of how referendum dollars are spent within Fund 10. 

We continue to monitor our COVID-19 numbers and our instructional learning models on a daily basis. At the conclusion of the first quarter of our 1,324 students and staff, we had 36 positive COVID-19 cases and 378 individuals that had to quarantine. Most of the 378 individuals that were required to quarantine had to do so because they were considered a close contact to an identified positive case, as a result of our contact tracing. 

You can go to our district website at www.amherst.k12.wi.us to see the weekly update that is posted on our COVID-19 dashboard. Please help us stay safe and healthy by encouraging face coverings, social distancing and washing hands often throughout the day. 

Wishing all of you a happy, safe, healthy and enjoyable Holiday Season!