Referendum/Facility Planning Project

In late Fall, 2017, the Pecatonica Area School Board decided to begin the planning stages to study its buildings in a "facility study." After a RFP was posted in April 2018, the Board approved CG Schmidt unofficially in August 2018 as its vendor. In November and December 2018, the contract was approved. A large component of the RFP and the contract was to have CG Schmidt conduct a facilities study of both school district properties in Hollandale and Blanchardville, and to see how these buildings can continue to serve the communities for many generations to come. 

Facilities Planning Charter (with outlines for future meetings and members)
Facilities Planning (FAC) Agenda for Third Thursdays through June, 2019.

The Facilities Advisory Committee began meeting again during the winter and spring of 2022 to discuss possible facilities renovations and additions.

Pecatonica School District’s Facilities Advisory Committee Finalizes Recommendations

The Board of Education met on June 20th to hear a presentation from the district’s Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) as a part of a long-range master facility planning process. The agenda for the meeting covered the accomplishments thus far of the FAC since the start of the master planning process, as well as recommendations for future building improvements. There is still a strong focus on continuing the conversation about the scope and estimates of both the elementary and middle/high school improvements.

The FAC, and representatives from Plunkett Raysich Architects (PRA) and CG Schmidt Construction solidified options and cost estimates for the upgrade of the Elementary School at their May 11th meeting. The middle school / high school options and cost estimates were presented at the April 11th meeting. At the June 20th board meeting, Amanda Anderson, community member and Dani Scott, District Superintendent presented the finalized options for the various projects. At the July 18th board meeting, Mike Clark from Baird, presented possible tax levy impacts for the various projects.

The goal is to proceed to referendum in April 2023.

Pecatonica Elementary - Proposed Renovations & New Construction

Pecatonica Middle/High School - Proposed Renovations & New Construction

In August, the Pecatonica School Board considered and finalized the priorities it wanted to bring forward to the community for feedback. These three options include

Option #1A: Total cost 18.8 million

  • Renovate Pecatonica Elementary School

  • Create secure entrance at middle school/high school

  • Add air conditioning to middle school/high school gym

  • Approximate tax increase - $356 per year for every $100,000 of property value ($29.67 per month)

Option #1B: Total cost 29.65 million

  • Build a new Pecatonica elementary school on existing land

  • Create secure entrance at middle school/high school

  • Add air conditioning to middle school/high school gym

  • Approximate tax increase - $561 per year for every $100,000 of property value ($46.75 per month)

Option #2: Total cost 4.43 million

  • Renovate middle school/high school locker rooms/add 3rd locker room

  • Build a new community/school fitness center

  • Building maintenance items

  • Approximate tax increase - $84 per year for every $100,000 of property value ($7.00 per month)

Look for your community survey!

On or around October 12th, the Pecatonica Area School District will be reaching out to all District residents, including parents and staff, to gather input regarding educational facility needs with a community-wide survey.

We have hired School Perceptions, an independent educational research firm, to conduct the survey and ensure all responses are kept confidential. We are asking that all parents and staff respond to a survey that will be emailed out in the coming weeks from School Perceptions.

 To ensure data integrity, each survey invitation/link code can only be used once. As such, you must access the survey through your email invitation, not a forwarded email or link. The survey access number will not identify you; it simply links you to the District's survey. However, the software is able to track survey completion via the link code and encourage participation of non-respondents. School Perceptions’ privacy policy guarantees your email address will not be used/shared for any purpose other than the contracted survey.

 The survey will be open through November 2nd  at 5:00 PM. If you do not receive an email invitation to complete the survey please check your “spam/junk” folder. Please don't hesitate to contact us at the district office if you need assistance or additional copies of the survey/survey link codes. Our phone number is 608-523-4248. Thank you in advance for taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback. 

 Community Survey Sample Copy

Survey Results

Pecatonica Survey Results