Superintendent’s Message

We are having a wonderful school year at Montello School District! We are excited about the positive momentum we are building with our students and staff. We have lots to celebrate from our award-winning music and FFA programs, to our environmental charter school and teaching staff who have received statewide recognition as Kohl Fellows.

We have improved our overall School District Report Card score from 59.2 in 2016 to 62.4 in 2017. This positive momentum moves us closer to our district goal to achieve at least 63 as an overall score to earn us the district rating of “Meets Expectations.” Forest Lane Community School achieved stellar growth advancing from 62.4 in 2016 to 71.5 in 2017, a rating of “Meets Expectations.” This substantial student improvement is the result of great teaching and leadership. Noticing that last year’s scores were on the decline in grades 6-12, the school’s leadership team developed a plan to address student achievement (as well as behavior and communication). This plan has included professional development for staff and school-wide implementation of reading and vocabulary strategies in all classrooms.

The facility improvements outlined in the April referendum will help us ensure our learning environment, like our students, staff, and families are top notch! We are building exciting momentum in Montello Schools and changing the narrative of rural education in Wisconsin!

This website is designed so the community can follow our progress throughout this process. We will continue to update this website as additional information becomes available. I urge you to review the information provided and contact me or any Board of Education member with questions about the referendum. Make your voice heard. Vote on April 3rd.

Where can I learn more about the upcoming referendum?

Montello School District is sponsoring two information sessions about the April 3rd school referendum. These community meetings and facility walkthroughs will be held in the school auditorium on:

  • Thursday, February 22nd at 6:00 pm

  • Thursday, March 15th at 6:00 pm

Click on any of the links below for additional information regarding the upcoming referendum.

Referendum Newsletter

Montello School Board moves Forward with Spring Referendum

Community Group Presentation

What projects are included in the $3.7 million facility improvement referendum?

Montello School District recently assembled a committee to evaluate planned facility improvements and aid in the creation of a five-year facility improvement plan. Numerous projects were scheduled to be paid through the regular operations budget, while other projects posed a more immediate need, such as:

  • Replacing a 30+ year old portion of the roof

  • Installing direct digital controls to replace pneumatic controls, along with ventilation and air conditioning exhaust fan replacements

  • Replacing elementary school carpet and asbestos abatement

  • Upgrading the fire alarm system

Click here for estimated timelines and budgets from the five-year facility improvement plan.

Click here for the official ballot language.

What are the tax implications if the referendum passes?

Both 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years saw significant debt falling off Montello School District’s tax bill. This opportunity to balance debt falling off led to the decision to pursue a 10-year note to finance a $3.7 million facility improvement referendum. The estimated tax increase, as compared to 2016-17, is $0.47 per $1,000 of property value. The chart below demonstrates what this increase might mean to homeowners.

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Where do I vote?

The municipalities and voting locations within the Montello School District are listed here. Polling hours at all locations are 7:00 am – 8:00 pm. Those wishing to vote by absentee ballot should contact their local municipality. Everyone who is registered to vote, a resident of the United States, and over the age of 18 can legally vote.