Nicolet District Will Go to Referendum and It Should
Why Nicolet Needs You and You Need Nicolet
It’s been over two decades since Nicolet Union High School went to the public and asked for help. It’s taken a recession, declining enrollment, and a state funding formula that penalizes our district—instead of rewarding our educational excellence and fiscal responsibility—that has brought us to this point. Painful cuts in staff and curriculum have already occurred and will only go much deeper if this referendum is not passed.
Nicolet is a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and the teachers are some of the best in the state, if not the country. The majority of educators at Nicolet hold masters and doctorate degrees in their field of instruction, giving students a highly competitive edge in their post secondary education. As a result, Nicolet is a major attraction to families looking for an outstanding education for their children, which plays a significant role in raising our community’s property values.
Allowing any further decline in Nicolet’s services and jeopardizing its status as a Blue Ribbon School would inevitably result in diminished property values. And lower property values would lose our district more money, over a much longer period of time, than passing a limited-time referendum that would raise property taxes by less than $11.00 a month, or approximately .36 cents a day, for a home valued at $250,000.
For those who are interested in learning more about why a referendum has become necessary, please read the letter from the Nicolet District Administrator, Dr. Rick Monroe, and post your comments and questions here.