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Voters send mixed messages with referendum results

Members of Whitefish Bay's Yes Yes Nov. 3 Committee celebrate the passage of two referendum questions after Tuesday's election. (Photo by Corey Hengen)

Members of Whitefish Bay's Yes Yes Nov. 3 Committee celebrate the passage of two referendum questions after Tuesday's election. (Photo by Corey Hengen)

By Sean Ryan and Joe Yovino
sean.ryan@dailyreporter.com

joe.yovino@dailyreporter.com

The powers of persuasion hit a frenzied pitch in Whitefish Bay as a pre-referendum debate raged over whether or not to borrow $22.6 million for school construction and maintenance work.

After the final votes were cast, the Whitefish Bay community approved Tuesday a two-part school district referendum, one by a sizable margin.

The referendum was broken into two questions: The first requested permission to borrow $9 million for building maintenance and renovation, such as new security systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements and accessibility improvements for people with disabilities. The referendum passed by a 2,719 to 1,219 margin.

The second question requested $13.6 million to build additions to the high school and elementary schools. That referendum passed by a 2,054 to 1,883 span.

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Additional referendums on the ballots throughout Wisconsin

School District: Pewaukee School District
Referendum date: Nov. 3
Referendum questions:
1.    $24.95 million for renovations and additions to the high school, including building eight new classrooms, a new gym, and swimming pool, and renovating and expanding the cafeteria, auditorium and fine arts area. The borrowing would also pay for security improvements and alternations to the entryway of Asia Clark Middle School.
2.    $400,000 for operation expenses for the planned new facilities

** Pewaukee School District voters turned down a two-part referendum for $25 million for building upgrades.

The first question was rejected 1,749 to 1,506. The second question, to exceed state tax limits by $400,000 a year, was turned down 1,824 to 1,421.

School District: Wisconsin Dells School District
Architect: Architectural Design Consultants Inc., Lake Delton
Referendum date: Nov. 3
Referendum question: $2.3 million for build a two-story addition to the Spring Hill Elementary School with eight classrooms

** Voters in the Wisconsin Dells School District approved a referendum Tuesday to allow the district to build an addition to Spring Hill Elementary School.

The vote was 899 to 556 in favor of borrowing  $2.3 million to build an eight-classroom, two-level addition to Spring Hill School..

School District: Cedar Grove-Belgium Area School District
Architect: Abacus Architects Inc., Sheboygan
Referendum date: Nov. 3
Referendum questions:
1.    $20.7 million to build a new middle school and new technical education building. The work also includes refinancing the property on which the middle school stands, and remodeling the middle school
2.    $4.5 million to build a new swimming pool at the middle school and renovating the existing swimming pool space for educational use

** Voters in the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District on Tuesday soundly shot down $25 million in spending for a new middle school, technology center and a community swimming pool.

Voters took down a $20.7 million referendum for a new middle school and tech center by a 1,240 to 648 margin. The community also rejected $4.5 million for a new eight-lane, 25-yard swimming pool by a 1,377 to 499 span.

Municipality: Village of Marathon City
Architect: Cedar Corp., Menomonie
Referendum date: Nov. 3
Referendum question: $550,000 to build a new library

**Voters in Marathon City passed the referendum to construct a new library by a wide margin Tuesday. Of the 389 votes cast, 333 said “yes,” and 56 said “no.”
The new building will be triple the size of the current library.

School District: Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated School District

Architect: Bray Associates Architects Inc., Sheboygan
Referendum date: Nov. 3
Referendum question: $11.38 million to build an addition to the existing school for a new library and renovations to the school, including a geothermal heating and cooling system

**Voters approved the addition to Trevor School by a 231-219 in a referendum vote on Tuesday.

School District: Whitefish Bay School District
Architect: Bray Associates Architects Inc., Sheboygan
Referendum date: Nov. 3
Referendum questions:
1.    $9 million to renovate and maintain the existing school buildings
2.    $13.6 million for additions to the Whitefish Bay High School and two elementary school, and technology improvements at all district buildings

** Voters in Whitefish Bay approved a two-part school district referendum that sought a total of $22.6 million in borrowing.

School District: De Soto Area School District
Architect: HSR Associates Inc., La Crosse
Referendum date: Nov. 10
Referendum question: $8 million for additions and renovations to the De Soto High School and Middle School, Stoddard Elementary School and Prairie View Elementary School

School District: Prescott School District
Architect: HSR Associates Inc., La Crosse
Referendum date: Nov. 17
Referendum questions: $8.9 million for an addition to the high school

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