New plan could shut down Dean Elementary in Brown Deer

New plan could shut down Dean Elementary in Brown Deer

By Jermont Terry. CREATED Oct 28, 2011

BROWN DEER- Dean Elementary is Brown Deer's only elementary school, but a new plan could shut Dean down and move the students to the district's only middle school.

The plan would also see 7th and 8th graders from the middle school move to Brown Deer's High School.

"I don't think, they should be having middle school kids in the same school as 19-year-old's," said Heather Rathkamp to TODAY'S TMJ4's Jermont Terry.

Rathkamp's two kids attend Dean Elementary. She's against the two referendums the school district placed on the ballot in November.

The first would close Dean and move the campus. the other would buy bonds to expand the high school gymnasium.

"They're complaining about budgets already how will they afford that," asked Rathkamp. Someone with a $200,000 house will pay $32 dollars more a year if they shut down Dean and move the students.

But if the gym referendum passes as well that same homeowner will pay $76 dollars more in taxes a year. "This is a golden opportunity for us to take advantage of some very unique historic financing that will make this tax impact very minimum ," explained Brown Deer superintendent Deb Kerr.

Kerr said the proposals are necessary. She argued Dean Elementary is run down and too expensive to fix. "Dean Elementary is going to save us $350,000 a year in maintenance costs. We're only adding half that with both questions," said Kerr.

The district will have a public meeting on the referendums on Thursday, November 3rd at the Brown Deer library at 6:30.

Voters will decide on November 15th.

Jermont Terry

Jermont Terry

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Jermont Terry joined the TODAY'S TMJ4 team in January 2011. He currently leads the TMJ4 I-Team as the investigative reporter.