Milton School District holds community meeting about April referendum

MILTON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Milton Middle School hosted the second of two community meetings Wednesday evening to help voters learn more about a referendum to improve schools.

The referendum will appear on the ballot this April. The district is asking for $59.9 million for renovations and additions at six out of the seven schools in the district.

These would include new classrooms at all six schools, renovations to art and music facilities and improving accessibility for students with disabilities. The high school would also get a new STEM wing and a new pool.

Superintendent Tim Schigur said the biggest reason the referendum is needed is space. He said the district has been running out of space for more than a decade.

"Classrooms that are being used that were formerly closets, locker rooms, restrooms are now being used for classroom space," Schigur said.

However, the referendum is not just to fix the current problems. Schigur said it is also a way to plan ahead if the district continues to grow.

"This is an awesome opportunity for us to redistribute and add space for learning, for teaching that will provide expansion now to move kids into more appropriate spaces for teaching and learning as well as, it'll give us some additional space for future growth," he said.

The spring election is on Tuesday, April 2. If the referendum passes, the project should be complete in two to three years.