While there are great things happening in our schools, the buildings themselves are not so great anymore.
There was significant investment made in our school buildings when they were built and the structures are sound, but the heating & ventilating, electrical and other mechanical systems as well as the learning environments are in drastic need of updating.
The Appleton school was originally built in 1962 and the Madison school in 1937 (with additions in 1959 & 1969) but have had little work done to them since then. For instance, the 1937 air handler is still in operation in Madison. Even the high school, built in 1989 needs some upgrades.
We know there is tremendous tradition & history in our buildings, and we don’t want them to go away, but our current and upcoming kids won’t be able to add to that tradition for very long without investing in repairing and modernizing our schools.