By Michael S. Hoey


The Delavan-Darien school board is considering its options in asking for a new referendum in November and wants input from the public. A survey was sent home to district parents July 2 and is available to residents without children in the district on the district website, at the school administration center and at about 30 local businesses.

Interim Superintendent Jill Sorbie said the district is likely to focus on an operational referendum to maintain educational programs and reduce class sizes in November and possibly try for a facilities referendum in April or at a future time. The board took a walking tour of Borg Stadium, which was built in 1962, and the soccer field before a special meeting June 28 to see what upgrades are necessary.

Sorbie said Athletic Director Guy Otte has identified four main areas of concern with the athletic facilities, all of them related to the safety of school athletes or the public attending athletic events. The stadium has deep significant cracks and concrete upheavals in the risers that pose a tripping hazard. The soccer field has several uneven areas on its playing surface that Otte said has led to several ACL injuries, particularly with female soccer players. One playoff game last year had to be relocated to Badger High School in Lake Geneva after the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association deemed Delavan’s field unplayable.

In addition, the track’s rubber surface has several worn and uneven areas, especially near the starting area, that pose a risk for sprained ankles. The football field has underlying issues with its tile drainage system.

For the rest of the story, see the July 5 issue of the Delavan Enterprise.


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