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0753, 18 Jun 19

Independent Task Force to examine facilities in West Bend School District

From the Washington County Insider:

June 17, 2019 – West Bend, WI – There was a presentation Monday, June 17 at the West Bend School Board meeting as a community group stepped up to complete a facilities study in the West Bend School District. The Task Force is led by West Bend Mayor Kraig Sadownikow, West Bend Mutual Insurance CEO Kevin Steiner and Tim Schmidt of Delta Defense.

Topic and Background from WBSD Superintendent Don Kirkegaard: In May I had a discussion with three individuals from the community: Mayor Kraig Sadownikow, Kevin Steiner/West Bend Mutual Insurance, and Tim Schmidt/Delta Defense that are forming a committee to look at our facilities. They have asked to have access to our facilities and have an opportunity to visit with Mr. Ross to discuss projects that have been completed, as well as projects that are being planned.

There is no district involvement with the committee.

They will submit a report to the Board in September and/or October. The Board can use all of or part of the information as the Board determines future facilities’ improvements.

The committee is not authorized by the Board or the Superintendent. The report will be informational only with the Board being responsible to make any and all decisions.



0753, 18 June 2019


  1. Mary

    I wish they would each just write out a personal check themselves- wealthy business people as they are. As for me, I’m tired of the constant demand for more money to educate kids. The cost keeps going up and the results keep getting worse.
    And it seems that no matter how much the state taxes increase for schools it’s never enough for the locals. So, the schools just keep getting more money both from the state AND from property taxes. It’s not sustainable. It is unethical.

  2. Mary

    Per Tim Schmidt…”we’ll share what we want with who we want”…”scripted”. Hmmm interesting.

  3. Mark Hoefert

    Will be interesting to see if this is just an attempt at reframing the narrative to help the current Board dig itself out of the hole they buried themselves in during the run-up to the April referendum with messages like “we are entitled to a new school ‘just because'” and “things are in bad shape because we don’t have money to maintain what we have.”  Also, farming out the heavy lifting to outside entities like School Perceptions & Bray Architects. Bray Architects to build anticipation of “shiny and new” & School Perceptions to build community acceptance with push polling techniques.

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