MIDDLETON, Wis. - The Middleton Cross Plains school district will be getting a new middle school and more funding for other schools, thanks to two referenda passed by voters on Tuesday.
Voters approved spending nearly $60 million for a new middle school in the district by a 68-32 percent margin. Voters also approved a referendum to exceed levy limits by $797,000 in the future.
The plan calls for major renovations at the district's two middle schools -- Kromrey Middle School in Middleton and Glacier Creek Middle School in Cross Plains.
Voters have voted down two other similar referenda in the past seven years. Now that the referendum was approved, construction is expected to start next year.
Officials said a new building would eliminate mold issues at Kromrey Middle School, which canceled classes for six days in 2010. It would also reduce overcrowding by moving fifth-graders to the middle schools.
Parts of Kromrey were renovated in 1990, but the district hasn't built a new school since 1996, despite growing enrollment.
Officials said the average home in the district costs about $280,000, and average homeowners would see their taxes go up about $180 now that the referendum has been approved.
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