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Gibraltar to go to voters with $29.8 million referendum

Your vote could decide the future of some of the oldest sections of Gibraltar Area Schools in Fish Creek. The district’s school board voted in favor of a referendum this April to borrow $29.8 million to demolish the 1930s and 1950s sections of the building. In its place, the district plans on building a new two-station gym, community space, and classrooms in addition to updates to the cafeteria and offices. Gibraltar Superintendent Brett Strousland says there are over 30 ramps connecting different parts of the building, and, like other parts of the older sections, are not up to code.

If approved this April, Strousland says the district will spend the following year in the design phase before breaking ground on the project in 2024. Your tax bill will also change a little bit. After the district’s mill rate stumbles from $3.42 in 2022 to $2.98 in 2023, it will go up to $3.25 in 2024. Because of its high property values, Gibraltar Area School District has one of the lowest mill rates in the state. Strousland added that they plan to have multiple community coffee sessions and building tours in the weeks leading up to the spring election on April 4th.

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