7 out of 10 school referendums pass

Voters on Tuesday approved seven out of 10 school referendums throughout Wisconsin. Referendums were approved in Barneveld (2), Cochrane-Fountain City, Florence, Princeton, Three Lakes and Union Grove. Referendums lost in Freedom (2) and Milton.

The Milton and Freedom referendums were the largest in the state this year, each at about $70 million. The Milton money would have been used to build a new high school and swimming pool, convert the existing high school to a middle school and the middle school to an intermediate school. Last year, voters rejected an $87 million plan. The Freedom district had sought funds mainly for a new high school and renovations of the current high school, middle school and elementary school.

Officials in the Three Lakes district had said that if the $15.5 million referendum failed the school district may have been forced to shut down. It passed 750-294, allowing the district to exceed revenue limits by just over $3 million per year for five years.

Barneveld’s two approved referendums amounted to $16.3 million. Work will include demolition of the oldest portion of the existing school building; construction of an addition for a new elementary school, music rooms and art rooms; construction of a new secure entrance, cafeteria, commons and kitchen; upgrades to restrooms, HVAC and plumbing and electrical systems.

Other amounts approved include: $7 million in Cochrane-Fountain City, $3.7 million in Florence, $2.4 million in Princeton, and $7.9 million in Union Grove.