Largest school referendum in the state passes in Middleton


MIDDLETON, Wis. - Voters overwhelmingly passed most the expensive school referendum in the state. Nearly 70 percent of voters in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District said yes to a pair of referendums totally $143 million.

The capital question passed with 69.6 percent support. The operational question passed with 69.2 percent support. The $138.9 million capital approval will help build a new elementary school adjacent to Pope Farm Conservancy.

The new elementary school will cost $33.8 million. About $100 million will go to expanding Middleton High School. A new cafeteria and renovations to Park Elementary will cost $5 million.

The current Clark Street Community School will be converted into an early childhood center at a cost of $600,000.

In addition, the operational question was for $4.8 million. It pays for staffing and utilities at the new elementary school and the expanded high school. Until the schools open, some of the funds will be used for safety and security upgrades and technology upgrades.