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Voters OK $49.4 million school referendum PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 20:07

PW-S plan to create like-new high school, build elementary school addition passes by a 208-vote margin

    Port Washington-Saukville School District voters narrowly approved a $49.4 million referendum in Tuesday’s election, clearing the way for a sweeping overhaul of the district’s high school and an elementary school addition to alleviate overcrowding.

    Fifty-two percent of voters who cast ballots voted in favor of the most expensive referendum in the history of the district, which passed by a 208-vote margin, 2,237-2,092, according to unofficial results from the Ozaukee County Clerk.

    Voter turnout for the school question was 38%, higher than the county-wide turnout of 33%.

    Tuesday’s results surprised some observers who speculated the $49.4 million plan to create a “like-new” high school and add on to Dunwiddie Elementary School was simply too expensive for taxpayers regardless of its merits. After all, this is a district whose voters rejected a $3.9 million referendum to address school maintenance issues in April 2002. A scaled back plan to spend $2.6 million on schools was approved the following November, but even then voters rejected a proposal to spend $150,000 on a new regulation soccer field.

    But this time around — the first referendum since November 2002 — school officials made a strong case for the most ambitious school renovations the district has seen, hosting three community forums and meeting with 18 civic organizations and other groups to explain their proposal.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 20:09
 
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