By Tim Kowols
Sturgeon Bay Superintendent Dan Tjernagel is well aware of the creative ways school districts across the country are using to keep their finances in order. Recently, a Colorado district approved plans to switch to a four-day school week to help them save close to $1 million annually in expenses such as busing and food service. Tjernagel does not see anything that drastic coming to the area due to tighter geographic boundaries, but Sturgeon Bay School District has done things like sell its fleet of buses to save a couple bucks. He says it is important to always be looking for ways to be creative with the dollars they have available.
Tjernagel points to the community support as being crucial for the district to be able to meet the educational needs of its students, which is something to remember as the school board begins discussing a possible April operational referendum.