Facilities Update 2022

Background

The Board of Education continues to focus on the educational needs of the students and the operational needs of the current buildings. While previous referendums failed, most recently by a very narrow margin, the District remains committed to finding a solution. 

Community Survey

The Board of Education remains committed to finding a facilities solution that will result in the approval of the community through a referendum vote.  Late in March 2022, a survey was delivered to each residence in the Peshtigo School District. The results were shared at the regular board meeting on May 11th.  A link to the results can be found on the right of this page. 

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Patrick Rau, District Superintendent at [email protected].

Facility Background

Peshtigo Middle/High School has pressing concerns, especially the older sections, built in 1936. Some of the school’s issues are summarized below. 

  • Major building systems, including the plumbing, heating/ventilation, temperature
  • control, and electrical have exceeded their service life and need to be replaced.
  • The size of the site and its location next to wetlands limit options for expansion and create safety issues for pedestrians.
  • Portions of the building, including locker rooms and many restrooms, do not comply with
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.
  • External brickwork is cracking, separating, and must be replaced because it allows water into the building.
  • External doors are rusting and should be replaced to improve safety and security.
  • Many windows are aging, growing more energy inefficient, and do not allow much natural light to reach classrooms.
  • Due to age, floors, walls, lights, doors, ceilings, and cabinetry need to be replaced.
  • Lighting is inefficient.
  • Current electrical work cannot support our technology infrastructure.
  • Air supply to classrooms does not meet current code
  • Inefficient building insulation

Programming Impact:

  • Many classrooms are too small, and some are experiencing water damage.
  • Many labs are too small to support high-demand courses and hands-on learning (including science, manufacturing, construction, life skills, and automotive).
  • Band and choir do not have appropriate soundproofing or acoustics and lack a performance space with audio, visual, and acoustic equipment.
  • There is not enough gym space for both school and community use (including youth athletics).
  • One of the gyms also serves as the cafeteria, which limits phy ed programming, creates
  • congestion and scheduling issues, and requires daily set-up and take-down of tables/chairs.
  • There are no classroom temperature controls, leading some classrooms to be far too warm and others are far too cold.
  • There are not enough media/computer lab spaces to support business and tech ed courses (such as computer-aided design, photography, etc.).
  • The art room lacks natural light and does not have appropriate ventilation.

- Facilities Study: Full Report

- Summary: PowerPoint
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Community Survey Summary