March 2021
Community Connect Newsletter
Both Districts Seek to Exceed State Imposed Revenue Limits by $750,000 Annually
This is the first in a series of articles with the intention to inform the public of our upcoming referendum affecting both the Lake Geneva Joint #1 District and the Lake Geneva-Genoa City UHS (Badger) District that will appear on the April 6, 2021 ballot seeking voter approval. We hope this information will be helpful in providing you with the necessary information to make an informed decision. We also encourage you to VOTE on APRIL 6, 2021! All referenda questions can be passed with NO TAX RATE INCREASE to our citizens!
Both the Joint #1 and Badger High School District have questions on the ballot to allow the districts to exceed the state imposed revenue limit by $750,000 annually. 

The need to have this revenue flexibility comes with the loss of revenue to fund our schools. The Joint #1 District has lost over $3,000,000 dollars in revenue over the past ten years. The Badger District has lost $1,700,000 over that same period of time.

This has happened for a variety of reasons, but a general decline in enrollment is the main culprit. In addition ongoing costs to run schools like heat, light, transportation costs, etc. continue to rise. Our districts have made significant cuts in staffing to do our best to adjust to this lost revenue. The Joint #1 District cut $1,500,000 from their 2019-2020 budget with a reduction of almost seventeen staff positions. The Badger District cut over $600,000 in the 2020-2021 budget resulting in various cuts to programs and a reduction of six staff positions. Without the revenue limit relief asked for in this referendum, deeper cuts will have to be made in both districts.

The revenue limit relief we are asking for will allow us to offer current and improved academic programs as well as retain and attract quality staff to maintain excellent schools. The Joint #1 District has had all three elementary schools rated as five star schools in the past three years with Star Center also being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We certainly want to see this continue.

Badger High School has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s top high schools and is noted for its quality of academic and extra-curricular programs. Revenue limit relief will allow the Badger District to maintain and improve upon those programs which, again, is a desirable outcome.

In conclusion, a successful passage of our referenda questions to exceed the revenue limit by $750,000 in each district will allow our Districts to maintain educational programming and optimal class sizes, retain excellent staff and also address ever increasing technology and safety needs.

All three questions can be passed with NO TAX RATE INCREASE to our citizens!
Preschool & 4K 2021-2022
It's time to register for Preschool & 4K for the 2021-2022 School Year. Click the link for more information:

Register your child at the District Administration Center.
208 E. South Street, Lake Geneva
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Thursday) & 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Friday)
Bring a certified copy of your child's birth certificate and proof of residency.
Results Plus Award
Melanie Slattery, Physical Education Teacher at Central-Denison Elementary was nominated by Becky Buhler, Principal at Central-Denison Elementary, for organizing The Heart Health Challenge for 4K-3rd grade students. This year, through Melanie's promotions and enthusiasm, she has helped the Central-Denison Family raise almost $11,000.00.

Pictured are: Becky Buhler, Melanie Slattery, and Marcie Hollmann, School Board President

Applications available online at or at L.G. Schools District Administration Building (208 South Street, Lake Geneva, WI 53147)

If you have any questions, please call Donna at 262-348-1015
COVID-19 Resource & Communication Center
Lake Geneva Schools continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We will be continually updating our official COVID information on our own dashboard located on each school's website and labeled COVID-19 Resource and Communication Center. There you will find up-to-date information and numbers of COVID-19 cases in our schools. The Dashboard is updated Monday through Friday with the latest information.
Giovingo Wins Essay Contest
Deanna Giovingo, Family Consumer Science instructor at Badger High School, is the recipient of $500 as a winner of an essay contest sponsored by The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation. Half of the award is to be used for classroom materials and the other half is for her personal use.
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Submitted photos will be shared on our social media platforms. Please remember face-coverings and social distancing while capturing these moments. Thank you!
Art Fun at Eastview Elementary
What fun Eastview Elementary Students had in art class earlier this month! Check out some of their paintings with black lights! Thank you to Mrs. Wiswell for surprising the students with this fun and exciting project!
1958 Building Renovations and Roofing Maintenance Are the Focus of April 6th Badger Referendum
On April 6, 2021, the Lake Geneva Joint #1 District and the Badger High School District will ask the citizens of our communities to approve three referenda questions. Those questions are:
(1) Should the Lake Geneva Jt. #1 District exceed the state imposed revenue limit by $750,000 recurring beginning in 2021-2022?
(2) Should the Badger District exceed the state imposed revenue limit by $750,000 recurring beginning in 2021-2022?
(3) Should the Badger District approve $6,000,000 for renovations to the 1958 facility and capital maintenance projects?

All three of these questions can be passed with No Increase In Tax Rate!

This is a second in a series of articles explaining the reasons our school districts are seeking citizens’ approval for the upcoming referendum. This article will focus on the request for $6,000,000 for renovations and major capital projects at Badger.

In 1958 Dwight Eisenhower was President, Wham-O introduced the hula hoop, the Milwaukee Braves lost the World Series to the New York Yankees in seven games and Badger High School was built and opened for the first time! Many things have changed since then, but some things remain the same at Badger. It is time to renovate and update those facilities. In addition, the roofs at Badger are in need of repair as they head into their third decade of service.

The 1958 building includes the current cafeteria, kitchen, main entry and restrooms in the main entry and cafeteria area, the main gym floor and bleachers, and some upgrades to some of our technical education classrooms. 

Many of these upgrades address safety and ADA concerns in this, the oldest, segment of our facility. The cafeteria upgrade includes a new kitchen and freezer and storage areas that are currently inadequate to best provide for the needs of our students. The restroom renovations will help to make us ADA compliant and address adequate sanitation needs for our students, staff and community members who access our buildings every day.

The 1958 bleachers and gym floor are in dire need of renovation. Our bleachers have become an extreme safety hazard with the lack of aisles, handrails and other safety and comfort items that up-to-date facilities feature. Since this is our primary competition gym, the seating is used by the public constantly. Anyone with any accessibility issue cannot be seated beyond the first row and even those who are more mobile need to proceed with extreme caution.

The original 1958 gym floor has been repaired many times and has served us well with over 60 years of events, practices and gym class use, but can no longer be repaired. It has a number of dead spots and now needs to be replaced with a new floor which we all hope will give us the same service time.
We have a number of miscellaneous items that will be addressed if this referendum question is passed. They include an upgrade of our current technology infrastructure, the completion of our energy-efficient LED lighting, upgrade our auditorium sound and lighting systems, potential safety issues with our baseball field lights and improvements to our technology education classrooms which are in the 1958 portion of Badger.

The total cost of the above projects comes in at four million dollars.

Replacing the 1999 roofs is the other main objective of this referendum question. Once again, it is just time that we address this issue and secure our building roofs at Badger for another twenty-plus years. We have had great service from our current roofs, but we are currently having relatively minor issues and with the passage of this referendum question we can prevent any major issues in the future. 

The total cost of the roofing repairs and replacement comes in at two million dollars.

The Badger Board and administration believe that we are serving as good stewards of our facilities by addressing these needs at this time. Because we have just retired a large amount of debt, we are able to complete all these projects with No Tax Rate Increase to our citizens. 

Please Vote on April 6, 2021!
Results Plus Award
Michelle Norgard and five families from Star Center honored Jeannie Kry, a third grade teacher at Star Center Elementary with a Results Plus award for the level of exemplary educational instruction Mrs. Jeannie Kry has provided their third graders in the virtual forum.

Pictured are: Carrie Spiegelhoff, School Board Member, Michelle Norgard, Parent, Kolby Norgard, third grader at Star Center, Mrs. Kry, Barb Dinan, School Board Member
Involvement Plus Award
Residents of the Lake Geneva School District, Marianne Weber and Michelle Norgard were honored with an Involvement Plus award for organizing massages for all staff in the Lake Geneva School District. 

Pictured are: Linda Bailey Boilini, School Board Member, Marianne Weber, Kolby Norgard, Michelle Norgard and Chiper Tennessen, Principal, Star Center Elementary.
Food Services
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LGMS Students American Heart Month Learning
February was American Heart Month and 7th grade Lake House science students learned about the heart, blood pressure, heart rate, and heart healthy choices. During their Project Lead the Way Medical Detectives unit, students used blood pressure cuffs to read and interpret their vital signs.
Badger Community Education
Check out all of the spring offerings.
Parenting through the Pandemic with Less Stress and resilience” Learn LOVE and LOGIC techniques that work! Offered by: Rob Ocker
  • Independent Facilitator-Love and Logic
  • Professional School Counselor – Lake Geneva Middle School
  • Keynote Speaker, workshop talent
  •  EmPOWERment in ACTION!
  • Join us on Wednesday Nights: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays March 24rd, April 7th, and 14th - 2021
  • 3 Night Intensive Virtual/Zoom “Love and Logic” Workshop – March/April 2021
Do you want to put the “fun” back into your family and parenting? Do you dream of getting your kids to listen the first time you tell them something? Then this course is for you! Participates will learn the “Love and Logic Process” created by Jim and Charles Fay. If you are new to Love and Logic or just need to practice your skills, this course will help you put the “fun” back into parenting. Newly updated curriculum!  Participants will:
  • Learn positive parenting skills that bring back the joy in your family life.
  • Learn discipline skills that teach kids, in a loving way, responsibility and consequences. 
  • Learn how to end power struggles with kids and the dreaded “brain drain”.
  • Learn how to avoid the frustration cycle of arguing - no more arguing!
  • Stay at home and feel safe with a virtual setting - Zoom Love and Logic Workshop

Zoom link and course workbook provided prior to the first meeting
Dates to Remember
March 25, 2021
  • End of 3rd Quarter

March 26, 2021 - April 2, 2021
  • No School - Spring Break
  • School Resumes - Monday, April 5
April 30, 2021
  • No School - Teacher In-Service Day

May 31, 2021
  • No School - Memorial Day

June 4, 2021
  • Last Day of School
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