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2045, 27 Jun 19

West Bend School District Private Task Force Tours Schools

Interesting. From the Washington County Insider:

June 27, 2019 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend School District Private Task Force (WBSDTF)completed tours of Jackson Elementary and the West Bend High Schools.

The WBSDTF is a group of citizens privately formed and funded whose mission is to generate and communicate independent findings related to maintenance and capital projects at the facilities mentioned.  The task force was formed in the wake of a failed referendum in April of 2019.  The goal of the referendum was the construction of a new K-4 elementary school in Jackson and safety and infrastructure enhancements at the high schools.

WBDSPTF members include Kevin Steiner, Tim Schmidt, Kraig Sadownikow, Randy Stark, Ed Duquaine, Dan Garvey, Mike Chevalier, Owen Robinson, Chris Kleman, and Chris Schmidt.  Members were chosen based on their design, construction, facilities management and communication expertise.

“We felt our first priority was to gauge for ourselves the condition of the high schools and Jackson Elementary to gain a full understanding of the intent of the failed referendum,” said task force organizer and City of West Bend Mayor Kraig Sadownikow.

“Maintenance and capital budgets for the District’s 1.2 million square feet of buildings has been a focus of discussions so far,” said task force member and former City of West Bend Alderman Ed Duquaine.  “We requested and were given past information related to pre-referendum work, the district’s 25-year plan and completed tours with the facilities director.”

To gain a full and complete understanding of the district’s physical condition, the task force is considering touring other facilities.  “We are looking forward to where the district can go in the future, rather than looking backward to debate where we’ve been,” said task force member Dan Garvey.

Zimmerman Architectural Studios has been retained by the task force.  Their firm, led by Dave Stroik, had mechanical and electrical engineers along for the tours.  “Our role is to help assess existing conditions and bring the expertise of how modern educational facilities should be designed,” said Stroik.

The task force expects to complete its work this summer and will present findings to the school board in October.

For additional information on the West Bend School District Private Task Force contact Kraig Sadownikow at

Wait… what!?!? Oh yeah… yes, I am on the task force. The Mayor does a good job of explaining it, but allow me to elaborate a bit from my perspective.

I was pretty happy when the referendum failed. I truly thought that it was a waste of money that would not improve education and would hamstring the district with debt for decades to come. But I do acknowledge that the school district must maintain its facilities and that, from time to time, they will need to refurbished or rebuilt.

When I was invited to participate in this task force, I was skeptical. I was worried that it would be just a group of guys looking for another way to justify a referendum. But after more discussion and learning who else was on the task force, I thought it was worth the effort. The task force is comprised of a group of local leaders, several of whom have experience in facilities, who believe in having a great school system, but who have different perspectives on how to get there. Some of us opposed the referendum. Some of us supported it. We all want to have a great school district that provides a great education and is an asset to the community.

I’m thankful to Tim Schmidt (Delta Defense) and Kevin Steiner (West Bend Mutual) for putting up the money for the architectural firm. West Bend is blessed to have strong local business leaders who care about our community.

So we are giving it a try. I don’t know where it will lead. My experience so far has been very positive. Right now we are in data-gathering mode. We have met as a group and toured both Jackson Elementary and the High Schools – the subjects of the referendum. I toured both before the referendum too, but we were able to tour as a group, ask questions, and the district has been very helpful in providing documentation, plans, studies, etc. We are probably going to tour a few more buildings and meet several times over the summer to discuss the information we received, develop our findings, and prepare them for presentation to the School Board. At that point, who knows what the School Board will do with the findings. That’s up to them. I’m hopeful that we can help be part of a solution.


2045, 27 June 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Task force should tour private elementary schools and high schools in area and see what they make due with….on facility. KML just had an addition at a fraction of cost a public school would demand for same space construction.

    One of the things group should learn is: not the building, but the freedom to educate the spirit, not just the mind….an educational handicap public schools can never overcome….except through a pure voucher funding system.

  2. jjf

    Kevin, given the history of religion mixing with politics, do you think your hypothetical pure voucher public-funded religious education system won’t be tempted to introduce administrative hurdles to funding that will exclude the religions and non-religion that the majority of the moment doesn’t like?  Or do you think all these politicians hopped up on religion will, as they say, just sing “Kumbaya” into the future?

  3. Mar

    jjf, once more, in English please.

  4. Jason

    Good luck with that.  jjf was probably waking up with a nasty hang over.  That’s why he sprayed his nonsense over a half dozen discussions @ 6 AM.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    Are you making the claim public school DOESN’T have religion?  granted, it is the cold, empty religion of secular humanism…but a religion nonetheless.

    If so, that is hilarious.


  6. jjf

    It’s simple.  If government gets into the religion business, do you think they’ll use their power to suppress the belief systems the majority doesn’t like?

  7. Kevin Scheunemann


    Government is in religion business:



    3. GAY PRIDE



    ALl very disgusting religions. Let vouchers equally fund the one religion that is not disgusting, Christianity.

  8. Le Roi du Nord


    You mixed it up again, you WANT religion in government.  There, I fixed it for you.

    As far as your claim, no religion in any of those subjects areas.  You are making stuff up again..

  9. Kevin Scheunemann


    All 5 of those have a specific code of morality those religions want people to live by. Most of the liberal morality is gross and disgusting…and should be defu

    Don’t get mad at me that I expose your gross hypocrisy and discrimination on school funding.

  10. Kevin Scheunemann


    All 5 of those have a specific code of morality those religions want people to live by. Most of the liberal morality is gross and disgusting…and should be defunded.

    Don’t get mad at me that I expose your gross hypocrisy and discrimination on school funding.

  11. Le Roi du Nord


    I never get mad at you, I pity you, but never get mad.

    Could you provide factual proof of the specific code of morality you attribute to global warming?  To evolution?  Please, be specific and use facts.

    We all thank you.

  12. Kevin Scheunemann


    You have got to be kidding me, you need me to point out the thousands of examples of how global warming zealots want us to reduce CO2 as a moral good?

    Electric cars

    Deleting airline travel

    Killing cows

    Planting trees

    Carbon tax (scam)

    Carbon credits (scam)

    Demand and subsidy for solar energy

    Shall I go on with the warming zealot code of morality we are all demanded to live by??????

    I can do the other 4 liberal religions too.

    Why are you unfairly demanding public school funding of these crazy religions, but not the one that counts?

  13. Le Roi du Nord

    No k, no kidding here, but it is tough not to laugh at some of the stuff you dream up.

    Here is a great example: Electric cars have been around for over 100 years (if you weren’t so incurious and hidebound by ideology you could look that up), and I can show you some not 25 miles from my house.

    The New Green Deal is a proposal, it isn’t policy or law (again, if you weren’t so intellectually lazy you could look it up).  While some of the proposals are too far out for even me, the basis for wanting to get moving on controlling carbon emissions is based on sound, provable science.  And yes, you could look that up.  But you won’t.

    And what on earth is wrong with planting trees?  Come on, that is even too ridiculous for you.  (ps: Christmas trees have to come from somewhere, right?)

    Sure, go on and make an even bigger fool out of yourself.  I’ll go pop some popcorn.  Oh, corn is a C4 plant, uses carbon differently, should we quit planting corn as well?

  14. Kevin Scheunemann


    Don’t dispute electric cars have been around, but the religious ferver, and sermonizing toward them in earnest started with global warming cult.

    The Green New Deal is religious conviction about global warming, starting with “thou shalt no cow farts” to “thou shalt never fly on a plane again”.  Just because you think some of it is too extreme does not stop the religious funding from flowing wide open on global warming to the extremists.

    I don’t have a problem planting trees for beauty, landscaping, or just general fun.   I have a problem when the global warming zealots say we have to “plant trees or we are all going to die”.   Tturning it from a fun thing to do into an OBLIGATION as a citizen.   Very cultish.

    So when can we all get a fair shake at this funding thing with vouchers?   Or is it that you only protect favored cults in your secular liberalism?    That is a violation of establishment clause.


  15. Le Roi du Nord


    No religious conviction involved, just sound science.  Why do you have to be so intellectually dishonest?

    So if you are ruled by “thou shalt not,,,” why do you support adulterers?  As it says in your list of rules, “thou shalt not commit adultery”, yet you have been in full support of elected adulterers.  You sure aren’t very consistent.

    How about planting trees for the timber and paper industry?  That a bad thing?

    And how did vouchers get into te conversation?  Oh, you needed to change the subject to divert attention from your other shortcomings…

    Now you know why I pity you……

  16. Kevin Scheunemann


    The liberal doomsday saying and preaching on global warming is “sound science”?

  17. Le Roi du Nord


    See above.  I answered your question already.

    Now answer some of mine.  Or are you afraid?

  18. Kevin Scheunemann


    I can’t get past the “sound science” on all this warming doomsday saying?

    Answer my question, before I move to your Red Herrings.

  19. Le Roi du Nord

    Once again you struggle with the written word.  I can’t help you with that, but I’m sure your local tech school can help you with some remedial reading assistance.

    FYI:  Sound science from folks like NOAA, NASA, NRCS, USGS, EPA,  DoD, DoA, etc., all agencies of the current republican administration, tell us that CC/GW is real and is causing problems world-wide.  Are you claiming that the current administration is completely wrong?

  20. Mar

    Le Roi, let’s talk about religious equivalents.
    Climate change: You have to believe in climate change.
    Religion: You have to believe in a religion.
    Climate change: If you speak I’ll of climate change or don’t believe in it, you are mocked and told if we don’t change we will die in a few years.
    Religion: if you don’t believe in religion, you will die and go to hell.
    Climate Change: we need more money to study and prevent climate change. You need to give us your taxpayer money.
    Religion: we need money to run the Church and our good deeds. You need to tithe.
    Need I go on?

  21. Kevin Scheunemann


    Is the world ending in 12 years over climate change?

    Was the pull out of Paris accord a good or bad thing?

    Are you prone to any other “world is ending” doomsday bunk on warming religon?

    Let’s get this down to see how far into this religion you are.



  22. Le Roi du Nord


    I won’t bite, as there are no “religious equivalents” in science.  But you can believe whatever you want, regardless of any basis in reality.  I’ll stick to sound science.




    No, as I am a believer in science, not “bunk”.  I’ll leave that for you.

    See, I answered your questions truthfully and in a timely manner.  You, not at all.

  23. Mar

    No, Le Roi, your response was pathetic and moronic. I guess when you can’t dispute facts, you just hide under a rock.

  24. Le Roi du Nord


    Name calling doesn’t make you any more right, or any smarter.  So if you have all the answers explain the religious equivalents of science.  Go for it…

  25. Kevin Scheunemann


    Then get educated o MN Paris climate accord fraud…

    After you watch this, if you still say pulling out is a bad thing…that is pure warming religion speaking through you as a zealot.

  26. Mar

    Le Roi, obviously, reading comprehension is not your strong suit.
    And what name did I call you?

  27. Le Roi du Nord


    After I watched it I wondered why you bothered to post something so factually challenged.  On second though I realized you weren’t interested in facts but rather an ideology.  That isn’t the way the scientific method works.  And what on earth is the  “o MN Paris climate accord”.  Minnesota sign their own deal in Paris?  No surprise as they are a much more forward thinking state than WI has been the last 8 years.


    No hiding here (see above).  But you really need to get that short-term memory checked out if you can’t even remember  (or read) what you said.  Pity, as a mind is a terrible thing to waste.


  28. Kevin Scheunemann


    That was just auto correct typo.

    You did not watch the video!

    The fact you still defend Paris climate accord proves you did not watch it.

    Sticking to Paris climate accord, as “legitimate, honest, science” to reduce CO2 is pure religious belief.

    You are a zealot, and I am only saying other religions should have same funding, not just favored, dishonest, liberal religions.

  29. Le Roi du Nord


    Believe whatever you want.  Facts are facts, truth is truth.  Don’t let them get in the way of your willful ignorance.

    Yes I did.  You are lying again…..

  30. Kevin Scheunemann

    Did you understand the video?

    The Paris accord had no mandates, no standards, no real agreement.

    There was no restrictions on CO2 for China, India and the major spewing CO2 countries!

    To believe the Paris accord reduces CO2 emission is pure religion.

    Watch the video again, and put subtitles on to whatever language you speak.

  31. Le Roi du Nord

    Direct from the Accord:

    “The aim of the agreement is to decrease global warming described in its Article 2, “enhancing the implementation” of the UNFCCC through:

    (a) Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change;

    (b) Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production;

    (c) Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.”

    Your dispute is with your misunderstanding of the Accord, not with me:

    “To believe the Paris accord reduces CO2 emission is pure religion”, whereas the plain text of the Accord is…. see above.  And that is just another example of the fallacy of you using “religion” to explain anything you won’t take the time to understand.

  32. Le Roi du Nord

    My apologies for the inadvertent change in typeface.

  33. jjf

    I thought my question was simple enough:  Kevin, do you trust politicians to never suppress minority views, if they were able to use tax dollars to promote religion?

  34. Kevin Scheunemann


    Those are all pious goals in accord, but no one is under any mandate to do anything. China was doing nothing. India was doing nothing. We were, foolishly doing everything, which would have any real effect to the increase China alone was going to have in next 10 years.

    Your clinging to your religious fervor is showing. I don’t subscribe to your piety on CO2.

  35. Le Roi du Nord


    Rather than admit you misunderstood the purpose of the Accord you come back with some more unintelligible nonsense.  You must wear out a lot of shovels digging all those holes.

    I’m not clinging to any religious, just sound science.  Why must you lie?  Nature or nurture?

  36. Kevin Scheunemann


    So there was mandates to reduce CO2 in the Paris accord?

    (A “yes” will show how far your blind zealotry goes on this…)

  37. Le Roi du Nord


    If you are too lazy to read my earlier post I can’t help you.  And no, you don’t get to put your words in my mouth..



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