Mount Horeb, Pardeeville prioritize safety in school referenda

65 school referenda on April ballot
Mount Horeb, Pardeeville prioritize safety in school referenda

Wisconsin voters face a total of 65 school referenda on their ballot this spring, including ones that focus on student safety.

Mount Horeb School District is one local school asking its residents for more money through an April referendum. The district is asking for $38.5 million to be allocated toward security upgrades, along with a new roof for the middle school and expanded and upgraded classrooms in three schools.

“The videotaping system is with the old VHS videos, and you can’t buy those anymore, at least you have to hunt pretty hard to get them, and the quality of those videos is pretty poor at best,” said Superintendent Steve Salerno. “[And] our science labs are original to 1962 when the building was first built, that was 10 presidents ago.”

The estimated annual tax impact would be $96 per each $100,000 property, according to the district.
Pardeeville is asking a similar question of its residents, in one referendum question, for $11.9 million for a secure entrance to the high school, along with a new auditorium and classroom upgrades.

“A more safe and secure entrance for our school and staff and students is really going to be a beneficial thing to come out of the referendum,” said Pardeeville High School Principal Jack Hammer.

The estimated annual tax impact according to the district would be $119 per every $100,000 property for the first question.

A second question asks to exceed the revenue limit by $130,000 next school year and $850,000 for the following two school years, for operating costs. That estimated annual tax impact according to the district would be $25 per $100,000 property.

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