Vote set on Waterford school plans

The School Board at Waterford Union High School has voted to place a referendum on the April ballot seeking permission to make $19.75 million in improvements to the school. (File photo)

WUHS places $19.75 million referendum on April ballot

By Dave Fidlin


After months of discussion, Waterford Union High School officials have set in motion a plan to ask voters in a referendum question for the authority to pursue $19.75 million worth of improvements to the existing facility.

Superintendent Luke Francois discussed the referendum, which will be on the April 5 ballot, at a School Board meeting Jan. 24. Francois’ presentation came on the heels of a vote at a special board meeting the week prior, where the wording of the question was adopted.

Based on the proposal, WUHS officials have assembled a list of nearly two-dozen specific items that could be funded through the referendum. The compilation of items falls within one of three buckets: safety, security and accessibility, learning space modernization and building and site repairs.

There are no plans of expanding the physical footprint of the WUHS campus. Instead, district officials have stated a desire to address high-priority building improvement needs and reimagine some of the existing space.

Francois said the plan in motion came on the heels of an extensive top-down review of the campus — a process that occurred with the assistance of a consultant — as well as a survey gauging the threshold taxpayers might be willing to pay for the building improvements.

“We have listened to our community stakeholders,” Francois said at the Jan. 24 meeting as he combed through the list of items rolled into the referendum.

A number of items on the list reflect high school officials’ desire to provide more modernized accommodations for students. The proposal, for instance, includes the creation of dedicated space for engineering and robotics programs that would include the requisite power and data infrastructure.

      To read the entire story, see the Jan. 28 edition of the Waterford Post.

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