N. Lakeland School Referendum Newsletter


Serving the Townships of: Boulder Junction, Land O’Lakes, Manitowish Waters, Presque Isle & Winchester

12686 County Hwy. K- Manitowish Waters, WI  54545

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News Release



Brent Jelinski, District Administrator

North Lakeland School District bjelinski@nles.us I (715) 543-8417


For Immediate Release


February 2, 2024


North Lakeland School District Moves Forward with April 2, 2024 Referendum Questions


At the January 15 School Board Meeting, our Board of Education voted to place two referendum questions on the April 2 Ballot asking voters to support operational and facility needs for North Lakeland School (NLS).

  • The first question is an Operational Referendum for funding to maintain current staffing, programming, and

instructional support.

  • The second question is a Capital Referendum for funding to refurbish our facility and create safer, more comfortable, efficient, and accessible learning environments.


“The School Board’s vote was the culmination of a community-based strategic plan, a comprehensive facility assessment, and a thoughtful prioritization process that fit our District’s needs and goals,” said District Administrator Brent Jelinski. “If approved by voters, these referendums will not only preserve current programming but will also address significant needs for our school, which we cannot address within our annual budget, and will benefit NLS for years to come.”


What are the priorities?

If the Operational Referendum (Ql) is approved, it would provide funding to maintain educational excellence in our school by:

  • Retaining talented and experienced staff in a competitive labor
  • Providing single-grade classrooms focused on age-appropriate
  • Continuing current music, art, physical education, foreign language and academic support
  • Sustaining Outdoor Education
  • Funding increased costs for transportation, utilities, technology, and curriculum


If the Capital Referendum (Q2) is approved, it would improve safety, security, and accessibility; support student learning, and address repairs and deferred maintenance. Some of the specific priorities of the plan include:

  • Improving entrance security and site safety (drainage and parking lot).
  • Remodeling special education classroom(s) to meet changing
  • Improving ADA accessibility in locker rooms, showers, and toilet
  • Upgrading heating and ventilation controls and unit ventilators for improved air quality and
  • Restoring worn flooring, ceilings, doors, walls, and –PAGE 1 OF 2–


  • Refurbishing gymnasium bleachers and adding walkway
  • Repairing or replacing deteriorating brick, concrete, doors, and windows in older sections of the
  • Upgrading main electrical service, panelboards, and


What do the April 2 referendums mean for our community?

Approval of BOTH referendum questions would result in an annual estimated tax increase of $28.00 per year (OR $2.33 per month) for every $100,000 of property. The break down by question follows:

  • Approval of the Operational Referendum (Ql) would result in an annual estimated tax increase of $12 per year (OR $1 per month) for every $100,000 of property
  • Approval of the Capital Referendum (Q2) would result in an annual estimated tax increase of $16 per year (OR

$1.33 per month) for every $100,000 of property value.


Why are these referendums needed now?

North Lakeland receives no state aid and rising costs have limited our ability to fully address operational and facility needs within our annual budget:

  • We are levying roughly the same amount of taxes as was levied in 2002 despite significantly higher
  • We have, and will continue to have, the lowest tax rate in the If both referendums are approved, the tax rate would still be lower than the 2021tax rate.
  • Waiting even one year could increase costs by $300,000 due to rising construction


The district will be providing information on these referendums in a variety of ways including the District website at www.northlakelandschool.com, social media, mailings, and community tours of the building. To help make an informed decision, please watch for more details in the coming weeks and join us at one of these upcoming referendum information nights:

  • 4:30 pm on Monday, February 19 at North Lakeland School
  • 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 28 at North Lakeland School
  • 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 27 at North Lakeland School