These days, with school budgets as tight as a lid on a pickle jar, districts find it nearly impossible to undertake needed capital projects without going to a referendum.

So, how the Burlington Area School District will finance a $3.6 million master plan for its outdoor athletic complex at Burlington High School remains to be seen.

A story and graphic illustrating the master plan are among the top stories in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:


FUTURE STREETSCAPES: City of Burlington officials are exploring ways to soften the downtown area through streetscape improvements and could use the Jefferson Street reconstruction project set for this summer as a test case for the rest of the downtown.


STATE OF THE CITY: Burlington Mayor Jeannie Hefty emphasized compassion, kindness and understanding during her annual State of the City address Tuesday as the city undertakes a series of upcoming challenges.


DETECTIVE MOURNED: Jeffrey S. Bliss played a valuable role for the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department during his tenure. However, on April 12, Bliss died suddenly from unknown causes at 46 years old and left many area law enforcement agencies to mourn the loss.


CITY JOINS RIVER EFFORT: The Burlington Common Council endorsed the City of Burlington’s participation in a project known as “Strengthening the Waters of the Fox River Watershed” during a meeting held earlier this month. The project serves as a partnership between river agencies and communities in an effort to improve water quality.


GROCER HONORED: Burlington’s VFW Post 2823 recently named David and Kathy Spiegelhoff, owners of Gooseberries Fresh Food Market in Burlington, as the post’s Citizens of the Year. The group cited the store’s strong support for veterans and veterans’ causes over the years.


NEW ADMINISTRATORS: The Burlington Area School District Board of Education on April 11 approved filling two administrative positions for next school year. On July 1 Jason Sadowski will begin as principal at Burlington High School and Chris Weins will step in to oversee Pupil Services.


A WINNING LIFE: Balancing athletics, a rigorous course load and community commitments hasn’t been easy for Burlington High School graduate Victoria Van Dan, but she’s done it at a high level, including winning a national championship with her college volleyball team.


O’REILLY HAS THE POWER: Burlington senior Connor O’Reilly spoke with his bat Tuesday night. He had two home runs, including a grand slam, in an 11-8 comeback victory at defending Southern Lakes Conference champion Union Grove.