School district referendum questions uniformly approved

Voters approved all five local school referendums on the Feb. 20 ballot by comfortably large margins.

The largest request was in the Hamilton School District, in suburban Waukesha County, where voters approved the issuance of $57.4 million in bonding to construct and equip both a new intermediate school and an addition to the High School as well as related remodeling and renovations.  In addition, Hamilton district voters concurrently authorized the school board to exceed the district’s revenue limit by $1.5 million on a recurring basis to cover the costs of operating the new intermediate school.

In Shiocton, in northwest Outagamie County, voters approved $2.0 million in bonding to construct and equip the addition of new multi-purpose room on the high school wing of the school building.  Voters in Shiocton also authorized the district to exceed the revenue limit on a non-recurring basis by $1.0 million in the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years and by $1.1 million in the 2020-2021 school year to finance ongoing operational expenses necessary to maintain the educational programs of the district.

And in central La Crosse County, voters in the West Salem School District approved borrowing up to $1.5 million for school building and improvements, including renovating, expanding and improving the high school automotive repair facility and continuing construction at the multi-purpose sports events center and acquiring any related fixtures, furnishings and equipment.