Wisconsin voters to decide 66 school district referendums on April 3

In addition to electing a new State Supreme Court justice and deciding the fate of the State Treasurer’s Office, Wisconsin residents will vote on 66 referendums in 50 school districts throughout the state in the April 3 election, including a $65 million referendum in the Chippewa Falls School District.

The Chippewa Falls funding would go toward replacing Stillson Elementary School, as well as construction and equipping of a classroom addition, capital improvements and repairs, technology upgrades, remodeling and site improvements at the middle school, and construction and equipping of a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) lab addition, capital improvements and repairs and technology upgrades at the high school.

Other large school referendums on the April 3 ballot include:

  • D.C. Everest: $59.875 million to pay the cost of a district-wide school building and improvement program.
  • River Falls: $48 million (two referendums) to add elementary classroom space, create collaborative learning space and upgrade aging facilities.
  • Plymouth: $31.9 million for security improvements, construction of academic and athletic additions, remodeling and site improvements at Plymouth High School; security improvements, construction of gymnasium, cafeteria and academic additions, remodeling, roof replacement and HVAC upgrades at Parkview Elementary and Fairview Elementary Schools; and district-wide security and communications system upgrades.
  • Peshtigo: $30.9 million (two referendums) for constructing and equipping a new middle/ high school, including a two-station gymnasium, and constructing and equipping an additional gym station.

Other top referendums include: Howard-Suamico, $29.250 million; Sparta, $28.5 million; Beloit-Turner, $26.8 million; and Brown Deer, $25.9 million.

Find out more about all the local school district referendums on the April 3 ballot.

On the statewide elections:

The WEAC Board of Directors has voted to recommend Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet for State Supreme Court. Earlier the WEAC Political Action Committee recommended Dallet, and WEAC member feedback was unanimous in support of that recommendation.

The committee noted that Dallet:

  • Has 10 years judicial experience.
  • Supports stronger judicial recusal rules.
  • Believes unions play an important role in today’s workplace.
  • Believes a right to a public education is a core value.
  • Believes courts should stand up for people who can’t stand up for themselves.
  • Is concerned with the use of outside special interest money to buy seats on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Supporters of public education are encouraging Wisconsin residents to VOTE NO on eliminating the State Treasurer’s Office in the April 3 election. Among other duties, the State Treasurer helps oversee School Trust Funds, which, among other things, provide significant funding for school libraries and technology. Elimination of the State Treasurer would concentrate more power in the governor’s office.

EARLY VOTING

Voters can possibly request and vote an absentee ballot in-person in their municipal clerk’s office through April 1, 2018.  Office hours vary by municipality. Some municipal offices may not offer additional in-person absentee hours. Please contact your municipal clerk for absentee voting hours. 

Find out more at myvote.wi.gov.

For more election information, go to weac.org/election.