Board moves forward with referendum

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The Board of Education reviewed the final scope of referendum questions along with the two resolutions to be placed on the Nov. 6 ballot and unanimously approved all three resolutions later during its regular meeting on Monday, July 16.

The Board approved an initial resolution authorizing general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $138.9 million. The Board also approved a resolution authorizing the school district budget to exceed the revenue limit by $4.8 million for recurring purposes. The Board also approved providing for a referendum election in November that includes a capital and operational question.

The capital question includes:

  • $33.86 million to build a new elementary school adjacent to Pope Farm Conservancy.
  • $100.17 million to renovate and add on to Middleton High School.
  • $4.25 million to add a cafeteria and renovate Park Elementary.
  • $620,000 to renovate CSCS, which would turn into a 4K-early childhood site for the District.  

Before the vote, Superintendent George Mavroulis reviewed the referendum summary. That information was part of a report by Eppstein Uhen Architects and J.H. Findorff & Son representatives to the Board on June 25. He also shared a document on the tax impact of the capital question along with information about what can and can't be done during a referendum campaign.

Mavroulis clarified the bulk of the cost for CSCS is bathroom renovations and space. He also noted CSCS students will move to MHS once the first phase of that project is completed. Besides housing 4K-early childhood staff, the current CSCS building will have two classrooms, which will open up one room each at Northside and Elm Lawn.

"I think we have the right plan here,'' Board clerk Todd Smith said. "We have been careful about taxpayer money. We are being very responsible. I think we have the right projects. Hats off to everyone for their efforts.''

Added Board president Bob Green: "While this is the Board saying yes or no, we got here thanks to the help of the Facilities Planning Committee and the results of the community survey.''

"The process has worked very well,'' Board member Kurt Karbusicky said.