Sun Prairie schools referendums pass with more than 60 percent of vote

Both Sun Prairie School District referendums passed with more than 60 percent of the vote.

The two-part referendum will primarily fund the construction and staffing of two new elementary schools.

The referendum will cost taxpayers around $90 million. The new schools will be located on the city’s west side.

Sun Prairie Area School District Superintendent Brad Saron said the referendums were spurred by overcrowding at the elementary level caused by the area’s fast population growth. He said the district is the fastest-growing in Wisconsin.

The referendum is split up into two questions: $89.5 million to build the two new schools, maintain buildings districtwide and personalized learning updates and $2.8 million per year in staffing and operational costs for the two new schools.

The referendum to build the new schools passed with 66 percent of the vote. The revenue limits referendum passed with 63 percent of the vote.

According to the district, the referendum will raise property taxes to $106 per year per every $100,000 worth of property owned.

Saron said building a second high school is likely next on the agenda. He said the district plans to convene a high school task force in the summer of 2017.