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Preliminary April 5 School Referendum Results: 65 of 81 Questions Approved

by | Apr 7, 2022 | Election, Legislative Update Blog, State Issue | 0 comments

Preliminary (unofficial) results reported to the DPI indicate that 65 of the 81 school referendums on the April 5 ballot were approved by voters of the districts where those questions were presented. That translates to a passage rate of slightly more than 80 percent.   

Referendums asking voters to approve borrowing for school construction or renovation passed at a lower rate (71 percent) than the overall passage rate, as 25 of 35 were approved.  Overall, 10 of the 16 referendum questions turned down by voters asked for approval to issue debt.

Referendums seeking approval to exceed the revenue limits on a temporary (non-recurring) basis were approved at a higher rate (92 percent) than the overall passage rate as 35 of 38 ballot questions were approved. 

Referendums seeking approval to exceed the revenue limits on a permanent (recurring) basis were less successful, with 5 of 8 questions approved, a passage rate of 62.5 percent.

Complete preliminary results, as reported to the DPI, are shown in the table below. Final results will be available once the canvasses are completed.

District Name

Total Amount

Type

Result

Brief Description

Abbotsford

  $1,500,000

Issue Debt

     Passed       

Yes         No

  333        147

 

Funds needed to finish FEMA project

Amery

 $35,000,000

Issue Debt

       Passed    

Yes         No

1,464     1,145

 

Improvements to the elementary, intermediate, middle and high school buildings and grounds including upgrades and renovations to major building systems; upgrades to safety and security systems; American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance renovations; upgrades and improvements to the intermediate and high school sidewalks, drives, and parking lots; upgrades and improvements to building exterior walls, roofing, flooring, lighting, doors and windows; upgrades and remodeling of high school classrooms and labs; and equipment acquisition related to said projects.

 

Amery

  $8,500,000

Issue Debt

Passed

Yes         No

1,487      1,169

Elementary school renovations and building additions; safety and security upgrades, upgrading and remodeling elementary classrooms; upgrades and improvements to sidewalks, drives, and parking lots; upgrading and renovating classrooms for the Early Learning Center; and equipment acquisition related to said project.

Argyle

  $1,960,000

NR – 2022

Passed    

Yes         No

268        180

 

Argyle School District is asking our taxpayers for an additional $490,000 for the next four years to aid in operating expenses.

Benton

  $1,680,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

198        67

 

 

This referendum will help us continue and enhance the programs approved in 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2018, which includes sustaining operating expenses with which to maintain current level of operations.

Black Hawk

  $8,500,000

Issue Debt

Passed

Yes         No

499       430

 

Capital Improvements—Removal of Portion of Building and New Construction

Bristol #1

 $22,300,000

Issue Debt

 

Passed

Yes         No

809       524

 

Building referendum for $22,300,000

Brodhead

  $5,250,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

641       524

 

To exceed the revenue limit for non-recurring purposes by $1,750,000 in each of three (3) consecutive years, including the 2022-23, 2023-24, and 2024-25 school years, to be used to maintain school district facilities and programs.

Cedar Grove-Belgium Area

 $21,500,000

Issue Debt

Passed

Yes         No

889       490

 

Capital improvements at all three campus buildings.  Building renovations to include classrooms, food service, swimming pool, and auditorium.

Chilton

  $4,450,000

NR – 2022

Passed    

Yes         No

1,146        926

 

Educational Programming & District Operations

Chilton

 $19,300,000

Issue Debt

Passed

Yes         No

1,076        992

 

Addition and Renovation to Elementary School, Athletic Complex on District Campus, Site Circulation & Traffic Flow Improvements, District-Wide Site and Building Improvements

Clayton

  $1,545,000

RR – 2022

Failed

Yes         No

159       211

Budget to exceed revenue cap for recurring purposes consisting of operational expenses.

Clear Lake

     $800,000

RR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

347       290

Resolution Authorizing the School District Budget to Exceed Revenue Limit by $800,000 for Recurring Purposes

Edgar

  $4,750,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

755       436

$950,000 for 5 years for non-recurring purposes consisting of facility maintenance and operational expenses

Elcho

  $3,000,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

716       530

 

Non-recurring purposes consisting of operational and maintenance expenses.

Ellsworth Community

  $5,200,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

1,149        649

Exceed revenue limit for non-recurring purposes consisting of maintaining educational programming, technology, and facilities.

Fontana J8

  $5,400,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

 

Four-year non-recurring referendum to exceed the revenue cap.  2022-23 1,200,000, 2023-24 1,200,000, 2024-25 1,400,000, 2025-26 1,600,000

Fox Point J2

 $58,500,000

Issue Debt

Passed

Yes         No

1,386     1,153

 

Build new Bayside Middle School and Renovate Stormonth Elementary School

Genoa City J2

  $2,400,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

319       294

 

Three-year non-recurring $800,000 operational referendum beginning in 2022-2023 and ending in 2024-2025

Gillett

  $1,350,000

NR – 2022

Failed

Yes         No

385        428

Resolution Authorizing the School District to Exceed Revenue Limit by $450,000 Per Year for Three Years for Non-Recurring Purposes

Gilman

  $3,300,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

330       306

 

Non-Recurring purposes consisting of educational programming, expenditures and operations.

Goodman-Armstrong

  $2,250,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

261       101

Resolution to exceed revenue cap commencing with the 2022-2023 school year by an amount of $750,000.

Grantsburg

 $19,700,000

Issue Debt

Passed

Yes         No

703       558

Renovate Elementary to close Nelson, Renovate MS & HS

Hartford UHS

 $12,000,000

Issue Debt

Failed

Yes         No

3,291     4,473

Approval of the Initial Resolution Authorizing General Obligation Bonds in an Amount Not to Exceed $12,000,000

Hayward Community

 $49,700,000

Issue Debt

Passed

Yes         No

2,001     1,029

Resolution Authorizing General Obligation Bonds in an Amount not to exceed $49,7000,000.00

Independence

     $900,000

RR – 2022

Failed

Yes         No 

246        305

 

Ladysmith

 $21,000,000

Issue Debt

Passed

Yes         No

598        424

$21,000,000 for Capital Improvements at the middle and high school.  Roof replacement at the elementary school.

Ladysmith

  $3,000,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

611        410

$600,000 for five years for operational expenses

Lake Holcombe

  $2,625,000

NR – 2022


Passed

Yes         No

500        254

Exceed revenue caps by $875,000 for three years beginning with the 2022-2023 school year through the 2024-2025 school year for operational & maintenance expenses.

Little Chute Area

  $1,500,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

398        228

Authorize the school district to exceed revenue limit by $300,000 per year for five years for technology.

Lodi

 $29,900,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

1,708     1,387

To exceed the revenue cap for operational purposes.

Loyal

 $11,700,000

Issue Debt

Failed

Yes         No

305        514

For Building Improvements

Markesan

  $3,800,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

767        427

To maintain School District programs and operations

Marshall

    $975,000

RR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

 653        644

 

Resolution that the revenues included in the School District budget be authorized to exceed the revenue limit by $975,000 beginning with the 2022-2023 school year on a recurring basis.

 

Marshall

  $2,925,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

653        644

Resolution that the revenues included in the School District budget be authorized to exceed the revenue limit by $975,000 per year beginning with the 2022-2023 school year and ending with the 2024-2025 school year on a non-recurring basis.

Medford Area

 $29,910,000

Issue Debt

Failed

Yes         No

1,329       2,472

 

Resolution providing for a referendum election of the approval of an initial resolution authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $29,910,000

 

Menominee Indian

 $35,000,000

Issue Debt

Passed

Yes         No

747        282

 

 

Merrill Area

 $10,000,000

NR – 2022

Failed

Yes         No

1,786     2,359

 

This referendum is a continuation of the prior non-recurring referendum passed four years ago for the purpose of operations and maintenance in the amount of $2,500,000 annually.

Muskego-Norway

 $27,800,000

Issue Debt

Passed

Yes         No

4,355    2,813

 

Construction of an addition for technical education, science, technology, engineering and math areas and renovations at the high school.  Construction of an addition and renovations for a gymnasium and conversion of the current gymnasium into a cafeteria at Lakeview Elementary School.  This includes site improvements, renovations and acquisition of related furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

Muskego-Norway

 $16,800,000

Issue Debt

Passed

Yes        No

3,872    3,274

 

For the construction of additions for medicine and health sciences areas and an indoor practice facility and renovations at the high school, site improvements and acquisition of related furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

Necedah
Area

 $10,995,000

Issue Debt

Failed

Yes        No

451         462

 

School facility improvement project at the school building and facilities

Necedah
Area

   $3,800,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

 485        425

Non-recurring Referendum to exceed Revenue Limit by $950,000 per year for 4 Years

New Auburn

  $1,200,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

196        154

 

New Auburn School District be allowed to exceed the revenue limit by up to $400,000 per year for three years, 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25 on a nonrecurring basis for the purpose of sustaining facilities, equipment and programming.

New Lisbon

  $4,000,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

467       258

 

Exceed the revenue limit for building maintenance and operational costs.

Nicolet UHS

 $77,400,000

Issue Debt

Passed

Yes         No

4,046     3,068

 

Initial Resolution Authorizing General Obligation Bonds in an Amount Not to Exceed $77,400,000

Oakfield

 $16,000,000

Issue Debt

Passed

Yes        No

449       396

 

Capital Referendum

Oconto Falls

 $49,900,000

Issue Debt

Failed

Yes        No

1,378      1,675 

 

Capital Referendum to construct new middle school, improvements to high school and elementary schools, and addressing deferred maintenance.

Osceola

   $4,000,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

964        853

 

Operational – 2 Yr. Non-Recurring Referendum to Exceed Revenue Cap by $1,000,000 in 2022-23 & $3,000,000 in 2023-24 for the purpose of supporting District operation costs including curriculum, utilities, educational programming, staffing, technology & transportation.

Pardeeville Area

      $850,000

RR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

659       462

Exceed Revenue Control

Pardeeville Area

   $1,750,000

NR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

659       462

 

Exceed Revenue Control

Plum City

   $3,300,000

NR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

378      180

Non-Recurring for purposes of facility maintenance and operational expenses

Prescott

 $15,000,000

Issue Debt

Passed

Yes         No

890        695

 

Initial resolution authorizing general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $15,000,000

Princeton

  $3,125,000

NR – 2023

 

Passed

Yes         No

360        222

 

Resolution to increase revenue limits for operational needs.

Raymond #14

 $14,800,000

Issue Debt

Failed

Yes        No

426        607

 

School facility improvement project at Raymond School consisting of:  safety, security, building systems, infrastructure, ADA compliance and site improvements; construction of an addition for a secure entrance, offices, kitchen/cafeteria and multi-use space; renovations, including classrooms and a STEAM lab; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

Rio Community

  $4,950,000

NR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

535        317

Exceed revenue limit for three years for operational expenses.

River Valley

 $10,900,000

NR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

1,404     1,029

 

Maintaining the educational programs and current level of operations of the District.

Rosendale-Brandon

 $29,770,000

Issue Debt

 

Failed

Yes        No

773       959

 

To update three buildings to accommodate grades 6-12 in one building and have two K-5 buildings.

Rosholt

  $5,300,000

NR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

573       560

Four-year non-recurring for a total of $5,300,000.  Funds will be used for operational expenses with a priority on maintaining current staffing levels.

Royall

 $10,900,000

Issue Debt

 

Passed

Yes         No

500       330

 

 

New secured entrance to connect our current two buildings with one entry point, construction of a multipurpose gym, required code compliance updates and the purchase of related supplies and equipment.

Saint Croix Central

 $30,000,000

Issue Debt

 

Passed

Yes         No

1,018       672

Initial Resolution Authorizing Issuance of General Obligation Bonds in an Amount Not to Exceed $30,000,000

Saint Croix Central

  $4,725,000

RR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

1,070       734

Resolution to Exceed Revenue Cap Commencing with the 2022-23 School Year

Salem

  $4,500,000

NR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

990       848

 

 

Exceed the revenue limit by $1,500,000 per year beginning with the 2022-2023 school year and ending with the 2024-2025 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of general operational costs and maintaining educational programming.

Salem

 $18,300,000

Issue Debt

 

Passed

Yes         No

942       900

 

Issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $18,300,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school facility improvement project at the school building consisting of:  safety, security, site and capital maintenance improvements; renovations and updates to educational spaces, including STEM and exploratory learning areas, and to create classroom space; removal of an older section of the school building and related renovations; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

 

Sparta Area

  $4,200,000

NR – 2022

 

Failed

Yes        No

1,897    1,936

 

To Fund staffing, technology and maintenance of district facilities.

Spencer

  $2,550,000

RR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

597       554

Authorizing the School District Budget to Exceed Revenue Limit for Recurring Purposes

Stratford

  $1,200,000

RR – 2022

Failed

Yes        No

362       550

Exceed the revenue limit by $400,000 for the 2022-2023 school year; by an additional $400,000 (for a total of $800,000) for the 2023-2024 school year; and by an additional $400,000 (for a total of $1,200,000) for the 2024-2025 school year and thereafter, for recurring purposes consisting of operational expenses.

Sturgeon Bay

 $16,100,000

NR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

842       595

Referendum in order to continue to fund educational programming for students.

Tigerton

  $2,750,000

NR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

295       207

Paying ongoing operational and maintenance expenses.

Tomahawk

  $9,750,000

NR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

2,004    1,602

Beginning 2022-23 school year 3.25M per year non-recurring referendum ending 2024-2025

Tomorrow River

 $21,300,000

Issue Debt

 

Passed

Yes         No

1,464    1,169

 

Construction of additions for science, technology, art, general, agricultural science and technical education classrooms, administrative and support spaces; renovations of existing spaces, safety and security improvements; infrastructure replacements/upgrades; acquisition of related furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

 

Tomorrow River

  $4,400,000

Issue Debt

 

Passed

Yes         No

1,102       667

 

Renovations to school building to update middle school classrooms, family and consumer science and library spaces; infrastructure replacements/upgrades; and acquisition of related furnishings, fixtures, and equipment.

Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated

  $4,000,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

469       362

 

Operational referendum to exceed Revenue Limit by $800,000 on a non-recurring basis for five years for purposes of maintaining current class sizes, educational programs and services, and meeting current district expenses.

Turtle Lake

  $5,500,000

NR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

392       195

Resolution Authorizing the School District Budget to Exceed Revenue Limit for Five Years for Non-Recurring Purposes

Waterford UHS

 $19,750,000

Issue Debt

 

Failed

Yes        No

2,097     2,310

 

Authorize a borrowing in an amount not to exceed $19,750,000 through the issuance of general obligation bonds of the District for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school facility improvement project at the district building and grounds consisting of: building systems, capital maintenance, safety, security and site improvements; renovations and building modernization; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

 

Wausau

$119,800,000

Issue Debt

 

Passed

Yes         No

6,410      4,360

 

Borrow $119,800,000 to fund district-wide safety and security, school updates, building infrastructure, capital maintenance and site improvements; remodeling at all middle and high schools; construction of additions at Horace Mann and John Muir Middle Schools, West and East High Schools and Grant, Riverview, South Mountain and Stettin Elementary Schools; construction of a new School Forest Environmental Learning Center; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

 

West Allis-West Milwaukee

$149,800,000

Issue Debt

 

Failed

Yes        No

4,146     5,965

 

For the public purpose of paying the cost of a school building and facility improvement project to create a single comprehensive high school at a current district high school site, consisting of:  safety, security, building systems and infrastructure updates; construction of additions, renovations and improvements, including additions for classrooms, a library, a cafeteria, a gymnasium and an auditorium; site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

 

West Salem

  $7,750,000

NR – 2022

 

Passed

Yes         No

1,203      1,028

 

For non-recurring purposes consisting of maintaining educational programming, facilities and buses and paying salary and other operational expenses.

Wheatland J1

  $2,100,000

NR – 2022

Passed

Yes         No

466        453

 

Maintaining the current level of educational programming and operating the District.

Wild Rose

 $15,600,000

Issue Debt

 

Passed

Yes         No

661        531

 

Issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $15,600,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of school facility improvement project consisting of: construction of an addition, renovations, safety and security improvements, building infrastructure and site improvements at the Elementary School; renovations, safety and security improvements, accessibility updates, and building infrastructure, site and outdoor athletic facility improvements at the Middle/High School; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

 

Wild Rose

  $2,300,000

Issue Debt

 

Passed

Yes         No

716        477

 

Issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $2,300,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of HVAC upgrades, including adding air conditioning at the Middle/High School.

Winneconne Community

 $47,800,000

Issue Debt

 

Failed

Yes          No

1,351      1,863

 

Middle School/High School/Elementary School upgrades

 

 

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