September 25, 2019 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend School District Private Task Force (WBSDTF) will be presenting findings to the West Bend School Board on October 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the District Offices, 735 S. Main Street.The Task Force was formed in the wake of a failed referendum in April of 2019 and charged itself with gaining a full understanding of the condition of current facilities, researching future maintenance and capital investments, identifying operational efficiencies and communicating unbiased findings to the community and board.“We were not asked to get involved, we volunteered. As we have said all along that we are not a public relations firm looking for a way to sell a referendum. At the same time, we are not looking to slash and burn funding for facilities.” said Kraig Sadownikow, Mayor of West Bend and task force chairman.“Along with high quality programming and engaged staff, facilities play an important role in education and should be properly maintained. They are a community asset and must be treated as such.”The Task Force plans to report facilities findings as it relates to High School Priorities, Elementary School Deployment and Operational Considerations.Former West Bend alderman and task force member Ed Duquaine said, “If we keep asking the same questions, we will always get the same answers. Someone has to have the courage to ask questions that have never been asked before in order to solve problems that have not been addressed before. Our task force is up to that challenge.”The Task Force is privately funded and made up of local business owners and those experienced in design, construction, facilities management and communication.The Task Force is not affiliated with the School District or Board.WBSDPTF members are Kevin Steiner, Tim Schmidt, Kraig Sadownikow, Randy Stark, Ed Duquaine, Dan Garvey, Mike Chevalier, Owen Robinson, Chris Kleman, Chris Schmidt and the education team from Zimmerman Design Studios.
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