Majority of school district referenda pass in Dane, Rock counties

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- 12 school districts in South Central Wisconsin asked voters to approve referenda on the ballots. In total, school officials asked voters to approve nearly $486 million.

Sun Prairie voters approved a $164 million dollar referendum question to build a new high school, reconfigure Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School, rebuild Ashley Field, and relocate Prairie Phoenix Academy.

Brad Saron, Sun Prairie Superintendent, says this was a big decision.

"It was something that was a tough decision about so at this point it’s our commitment to follow through," Saron said.

Voters also approved a $5 million operational referendum. The referendum would align teacher compensation closer to Dane County market rates and help fund operations at the new high school.

In Milton, the school district asked voters to consider a $59.9 million dollar referendum. It passes after the district presented a referendum item on the ballot two times prior.

It would also move students out of closets that have been converted into classrooms in several schools due to overcrowding. The question would also improve school safety and security, and create ADA accessibility in the schools.

DeForest voters approved $125 million. This will build a new intermediate school for grades 4-6, expand and renovate the high school, renovate the older portion of the middle school, renovate Yahara Elementary School, and close the Morrisonville Elementary School and Holum Education center.

Eric Runez, DeForest schools superintendent, says it's amazing the community wants to make this kind of investment.

"It’s going to be a real benefit to our school age kids but really I believe it’s going to be a greater benefit to the community as well," Runez said.

SMALLER REFERENDAS
Albany School District Referendum passed.
- $2.75 million dollars to build a new addition and renovate the current building

Clinton Community School District Referendum failed 59-41%
-$41.995 million to build a new school for grades 4K- 6, dispose elementary and middle schools.

Marshall Public Schools Referendum passed.
-$1.25 million for programs and operations

Mineral Point Unified School District Referendum failed
-$19.5 million for a new elementary school

Oakfield School District Referendum passed
-$2.1 million for school operations and maintenance

Palmyra-Eagle Area School District Referendum failed
-$11.5 for operating expenses

River Valley School District Referendum passed 57-43%
-$6.55 million to fund programs and operations

Wisconsin Heights School District Referendum passed
-$11 million for operating costs

Brodhead City Referendum failed
-Borrow up to $500,000 and build a Senior Center containing a multi-purpose room to be used by the Senior Center and as a Community Center

Dunkirk Rural Preservation Referendum passed
-Rural preservation program funded by a mill rate increase on all taxable property of $0.50 per $1,000

Town of Mazomanie ATV/UTV Referendum failed
- ATV/UTV use of roads in the township

Shullsburg Advisory Referendum failed
- Hire a second full time police officer, increase real estate levy $1.36 per $1,000 property value