Facilities Planning Update

Letter from Dr. Tina Owen Moore, Superintedent

Dear Cudahy School District Community,

The School District of Cudahy is committed to provide an exceptional education for all students. Like many school districts in Wisconsin, the Cudahy School District is facing ongoing financial challenges, coupled with older school buildings that need some large-scale repairs. This letter is to inform you about the District's facilities needs, what has been done so far, and our plan to keep moving forward.

School Consolidation Update

Merger of Park View & General Mitchell

To maximize space, Park View and General Mitchell Elementary Schools were merged during the 2022-23 school year. Park View is currently for sale.

7-12 CHS/CMS School Consolidation Stopped for One Year

The Cudahy School District is exploring various possibilities to establish a financially stable future for our community's schools. Last spring, the Board selected to merge the middle and high schools as the best way forward. After further consideration, in November, the Board of Education stopped consolidating the middle and high school for one year. We met in late December to Discuss the next steps.

Our Next Steps?

The Board of Education has asked me to review all the possible solutions. In response, I am working with a team of internal leaders and Performance Services, Inc., a build/design firm, to understand the best building configuration options that would optimize our facilities for long-term, cost efficient solutions. Having finished a facility study, we’re now using its findings to guide our next steps.

The decision to postpone the 7-12 consolidation has a ripple effect. Consolidation of grades was a cost-savings effort, which means we still need to address the budget deficit for 2024-25.

Continue to Move Forward: The Path to a Facilities Solution

The pause in consolidation has offered us a fresh opportunity - a "reboot" so to speak. We are just starting this process, and we have made no decisions yet.

Several District buildings require large-scale repairs. To avoid investing in repairs to buildings that may be taken offline in the future, we will be evaluating several options. Equipped with the results of the facilities study, I am working with the team to re-evaluate viable scenarios that might help achieve long-term savings, and repair and modernize the buildings we will use.

A successful capital referendum will be necessary. To fund deferred maintenance and replace essential building equipment and to prepare buildings for a new configuration, the school board would first need to approve a referendum and then the voters will decide.

I intend to provide you with updates as we move through the process. I encourage you to stay informed and engage in the process to provide input!


Our Facilities Priorities

Safety and Security: Improvements to protect students and staff from harm and provide physical environments conducive to learning.

Educational Adequacy: Improvement measures that positively affect student learning.

Facilities Condition Priorities: Investment in the future viability of the facilities or of an investment in energy/operational efficiency

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Dr. Tina Owen-Moore, Superintendent

School District of Cudahy

5530 S. Barland Ave. Cudahy, Wisconsin 53110

414-294-7400 owenmooret@cudahysd.org

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SEEKING MEMBERS FOR A

FACILITIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Cudahy School District is seeking District residents and staff to volunteer for a Community Facilities Advisory Committee

The role of the Facility Advisory Committee is to provide meaningful input to the School District of Cudahy administration about possible scenarios that will address the challenges of excess facility space, high-cost facility repairs and maintenance throughout the District's schools. The committee’s recommendations will be shared with the School District of Cudahy Board of Education.

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Committee Membership

The administration and Board of Education are inviting individuals who represent a cross-section of the community and school district employees, to volunteer for the committee. The committee will comprise a maximum of 25 volunteer members. In the event of more interest than available slots, members will be randomly selected. If you are interested, we ask that you are able to commit to participating in three scheduled meetings

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