School district referenda in South Central Wisconsin totals $486 million

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

The Spring Election is on April 2.

Albany School District

The school district is located in Green County. It is comprised of one building housing 4-year-old kindergarten through grade 12. The building also serves as a fitness center for the community to use. The total district enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year was 352 students.

In April, the school district is asking voters to approve $2.75 million dollars to build a new addition and renovate the current building. Renovations include a new safe and secure entrance to the building, roof repairs over the music/tech education portion of the building, and ADA compliant restrooms near the gymnasium.

Community information meetings


  • March 23 at 1 p.m. in the cafeteria

  • March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria

For more information on the Albany School District referendum, click here.

Baraboo School District

The school district is located in Sauk County. The school district is made up of seven facilities which include a Kindergarten Center, four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The school district serves more than 960 students.

The Baraboo School District is seeking residents’ approval to borrow $41.7 million to repair, modernize, and expand Jack Young Middle School.

The school was built in 1976 and an addition was added in 1997.
The repairs include updating the furnace and adding air conditioning, replacing the electrical and plumbing systems, add a fire alarm and sprinkler system that meets current fire code regulations, and redesigning ramps and staircases to comply with ADA regulations.

The school district also wants to expand the cafeteria and commons, update the library, and expand the gym.

Estimated Tax Impact

$100,000 property value


  • Annual increase: $32

  • Monthly increase: $2.66


$200,000 property value

  • Annual increase: $64

  • Monthly increase: $5.33


Referendum Open House and Tour

  • March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Jack Young Middle School

  • March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Jack Young Middle School

For more information on the Baraboo School District refererndum
click here.

Clinton Community School District

The school district serves communities in Rock and Walworth counties, including the Village of Clinton and Towns of Bradford, Clinton, La Prairie, Turtle, and a section of the City of Beloit and Town of Sharon.

The district currently has 1,140 students and consists of three buildings which include the elementary, middle, and high schools.

The school district is asking for voters to approve $41.995 million to build a new school for grades 4K – 6. It would be located next to the high school.

The referendum would also renovate the high school to accommodate grades 7-8. It would also retire and dispose of the elementary and middle schools.

Estimated Tax Impact

$100,000 property value


  • Annual increase: $269

  • Monthly increase: $22.42


$200,000 property value

  • Annual increase: $538

  • Monthly increase: $44.83


Referendum Information nights

  • March 4 at 7 p.m. at Clinton High School

  • March 7 at 7 p.m. at Clinton Middle School

  • March 12 at 7 p.m. at Clinton Elementary School

For more information on the Clinton Community School District referendum, click here

DeForest Area School District

The school district will be asking residents to vote on two referendum questions on April 2. The school district serves 9 municipalities in Dane and Columbia counties, including DeForest, Hampden, Leeds, Bristol, Burke, Vienna, Madison, and Sun Prairie.

It consists of seven buildings including four elementary schools, a middle school, and high school. It also has five community-based four-year-old kindergarten sites. It currently serves more than 3,520 students.

Question one on the ballot is asking voters to approve $125 million. It would 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.

Question two asks voters to exceed the current revenue limit for operations at $2.5 million per year.

Estimated Tax Impact for Question One ($125 million)
$100,000 property value


  • Annual increase: $180

  • Monthly increase: $15


$200,000 property value

  • Annual increase: $360

  • Monthly increase: $30


Estimated Tax Impact for Question Two ($2.5 million/year)
$100,000 property value

  • Annual increase: $94

  • Monthly increase: $7.83


$200,000 property value

  • Annual increase: $188

  • Monthly increase: $15.67

Referendum Information Sessions


  • Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at DeForest Area High School

  • Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Windsor Elementary School

  • March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Yahara Elementary School


For more information on the DeForest Area School District referendum click here

Marshall Public Schools

The school district is home to roughly 1,050 students at four buildings, including an early learning center, and elementary, middle, and high schools.

The school district is encouraging voters to approve an operating referendum to authorize exceeding the current revenue limit by $1.25 million total for three years, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

The referendum would help retain staff and maintain current academic, athletic and co-curricular programming.

The district expects to hold the mill rate to no more than $10.56.

Referendum Information Session


  • March 19 at 7 p.m. at Marshall Elementary School Library


For more information on the Marshall Public Schools Referendum, click here

Milton School District

The School District of Milton is located in Rock County and consists of eight schools. The school district serves more than 3,400 students.

On April 2, the district is asking voters to consider $59.9 million If approved, the referendum would allow the school district to move students out of the basement at Milton East Elementary. 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.

Estimated Tax Impact
$100,000 property value


  • Annual increase: $164

  • Monthly increase: $13.67


$200,000 property value

  • Annual increase: $328

  • Monthly increase: $27.33


Referendum Information nights

  • Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at Harmony Elementary School

  • March 20 at 6 p.m. at Milton Middle School


For more information on the School District of Milton referendum, click here

Mineral Point Unified School District
The Mineral Point Unified School District is in Iowa and Lafayette Counties. It is one of 48 unified school districts in Wisconsin having changed from a city system. It serves more than 720 students.

School officials are hoping voters will approve $19.5 million for a new elementary school

Estimated Tax Impact
$100,000 property value


  • Annual increase: $271

  • Monthly increase: $22.58


$200,000 property value

  • Annual increase: $542

  • Monthly increase: $45.17


Referendum Open House

  • March 5 at 7 p.m. at Mineral Point Elementary Library

  • March 18 at 7 p.m. at Mineral Point Elementary Library


For more information on the School District of Milton referendum, click here

Potosi School District

The Potosi School District is located in Grant County. It currently serves 335 students.

The district is asking voters to approve a $445,000 operational referendum. The amount would provide additional support for school operations and programming.

According to Potosi District Administrator Ron Saari, the district averages 9.2 openings per year for staff. The staff turnover rate annually is 18.2%. The state average is around 6%.

“The pool of candidates has dramatically decreased over the past 6 years, and the competition between districts to hire quality staff has increased. Our focus is to be able to keep the same amount of programming and to keep our teachers working in Potosi instead of transferring to a neighboring district,” said Saari.

The school district also wants to invest in their industrial arts and agriculture programs and invest in its capital maintenance fund.

Estimated Tax Impact
$100,000 property value


  • Annual increase: $29

  • Monthly increase: $2.42


$200,000 property value

  • Annual increase: $58

  • Monthly increase: $4.83


For more information on the Potosi School District Referendum, click here

Rio Community School District

The school district is located in Columbia County. It consists of an elementary school and middle and high school building. It serves 409 students.

The school district is asking voters to decide on a three year non-recurring operational referendum. The amount would equal $3.425 million for those years.

School officials say if the referendum fails, the School Board and administration will have the task of removing approximately $975,000 from next year’s budget. The school district would not be able to attempt another referendum until April of 2020. A delay in passage might force the school district to start the conversation of whether consolidation or dissolution is in its future.

Estimated School District Property Tax based on $150,000 home


  • For 2019-20 school year:: 1,806

  • For 2020-21 school year: $1,811

  • For 2021-22 school year:$1,857


Referendum Informational meetings

  • Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Rio Community Club at F&M Bank

  • March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Doylestown Village Hall

  • March 5 at 7 p.m. at Rio Legion

  • March 11 at 7 p.m. at Rio Middle/High School Commons

  • March 14 at 10 a.m. at Rio Public Library

  • March 25 at 7 p.m. at Rio Middle/High School Commons


For more information on the Rio Community School District Referendum, click here

River Valley School District

The school district is located in Sauk, Iowa, Richland, and Dane Counties. It is comprised of 13 townships and four villages. Currently, 1,244 students are enrolled in the district.

On April 2, the school district is asking voters to approve a $6.55 million operating referendum. The school district would exceed revenue limits by different amounts for the next three school years.

According to the district’s administrator Thomas Wermuth, in the past two school years, 19.5 positions within the River Valley School District have been reduced. They also closed two elementary school buildings at the end of the 2016-17 school year to help reduce costs.

Wermuth said the referendum would allow the school district to maintain class sizes, provide elective programming, the arts, and athletics.

Estimated Tax Impact
$100,000 property value


  • For 2019-20 school year: $98 annually

  • For 2020-21 school year: $27 annually

  • For 2021-22 school year: $61 annually


$200,000 property value

  • For 2019-20 school year: $196 annually

  • For 2020-21 school year: $54 annually

  • For 2021-22 school year: $122 annually


For more information on the River Valley School District Referendum, click here

Sun Prairie Area School District

The school district is comprised of 14 schools serving communities in Dane and Columbia counties. Currently, more than 8400 students are enrolled.

The first question on the April ballot asks voters to approve $164 million to build a new high school, reconfigure Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School, rebuild Ashley Field, and relocate Prairie Phoenix Academy.

The second question on the ballot is asking voters to approve 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.

Estimated Tax Impact if both referendum questions are approved
$100,000 property value


  • Annual increase: $128

  • Monthly increase: $10.67


$200,000 property value

  • Annual increase: $256

  • Monthly increase: $21.33


Referendum Informational Open House

  • March 13 at 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Meadow View Elementary School


For more information on the Sun Prairie Area School District referendum, click here

Wisconsin Heights School District

The school district in Dane County has 783 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The facilities consist of two elementary buildings and a combined middle school and high school.

The district is asking voters to approve a five-year operational referendum that totals $11 million. It will fund staff retention and educational programs.

According to school officials, 2020 property taxes are projected to decrease seven cents per $1,000 of property value over the current tax levy rate.

Referendum Informational Sessions


  • March 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Black Earth Elementary

  • March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Mazomanie Elementary


For more information on the Wisconsin Heights School District referendum, click here

Watch NBC15 News at 10 on April 2 for election coverage on these school referenda and other races on the ballots.