Sun Prairie School District Looking For Voters To Join Team

By: Zac Schultz Email
By: Zac Schultz Email

Madison: Sun Prairie voters overwhelmingly rejected a referendum last April that would have built an east side high school for $60 million.

That means the debate is continuing over whether the growing community needs one new giant high school or two new smaller high schools.

"We know what the community doesn't want. We don't know what the community does want," says District Administrator Tim Culver.

Sun Prairie voters got an interesting letter in the mail this week telling them they may be asked to serve on a special panel.

The school board is creating a Planning Team that will come up with new ideas to solve the overcrowding problem. They'd like to receive instant feedback from a 100 person Community Response Team made up of 80 voters, 10 teachers and 10 students.

"At different stages of the planning they'll go to this broad response team and say here's where we're going what do you think? Yes, no. It's a way to engage the larger community by having a representative large sample look at the intensive work being done by the planning team," says Culver.

The current high school is expected to run out of space in two years and officials hope to solve the problem before then. "People won't build a school that isn't what they want. People will vote their values and a community will end up with the kind of schools they want," says Culver.

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