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Superintendent in West Bend wants to stick with two schools

WEST BEND -- The Superintendent in West Bend, Ted Neitzke, recommended that West Bend West and West Bend East remain two schools despite sharing the same building.

The argument over merging has been ongoing for decades, but has re-ignited in the last two months.

People believe that one school would mean better athletic teams for West Bend and end a divide in the community.


Results from an online survey of the community from over 2,300 respondents showed 74.1% favored the two high school configuration, with 22.1% favoring combining the two high schools and 3.8% had no preference.


It will now be up to the West Bend School Board to vote on the issue.

The School Board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Badger Middle School, 727 S. Sixth Ave., West Bend.


The full report by the Superintendent's HERE


Mr. Neitzke’s full recommendations are as follows: 

  • Maintain our two high school configuration 

  • Develop Board Policy to define the process for reviewing the high schools’ configuration and guide future School Boards and Superintendents 

  • Revise language in Policy 432 that would allow for an element of school choice at the high school with priority given to the children of alumnus 

  • Create an Athletic Engagement Task Force 

  • Paint the town Maroon/Gold and Blue/White 


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