What's Next After April 5?

By: Laura Gibbs
By: Laura Gibbs

It's a plan that will only go into effect if the April 5 referendum does not pass, but the district does have a backup plan.

A booming Belvidere is creating a big burden for the Belvidere School District. Right now the district is on pins and needles waiting for the public to vote on “Plan A” which in this district is the April 5 referendum.

Belvidere Superintendent Dr. Donald Schlomann says, "We are asking for $3 a week."

“Plan B” would include cuts in special education, co-curricular programs, sports and family time. There would be portable classrooms and the high school would adopt a split schedule.

Schlomann says, "Starting at 6:30 a.m. and getting done after 12:00 p.m. and another group starts at 12:30 p.m. and is done at 6 p.m. That's what 2006 - 2007 looks like if referendum doesn't pass."

Nothing will have to change if the community votes "yes." In fact, the district would even be able to build a new elementary school.

Belvidere School Board President Julie Norem says, “It would not be a question on the referendum. We have existing money but we need referendum to pass so we can use existing money to build an elementary school."

With the failure of two referendum requests the district is taking a different approach to target voters. The district put together a video, DVD, and plans to campaign door-to-door to show that the communication door is wide open.

The school board will vote next Tuesday on a five-year plan to accommodate crowding if the referendum fails.


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