Wisconsin Dells looking to add schools due to overcrowding
Voters will decide on Tuesday if $30 million should be spent to build more schools
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — Eight votes – that is what supporters of a school referendum in Wisconsin Dells believe they need to find.
Less than seven months ago, voters rejected, by a narrow eight-vote margin, a $30 million referendum to ease overcrowding in schools.
School administrators will tell you it is because the overcrowding problem is not going away. Since last spring’s vote, school registration has increased.
It is a matter of numbers, seeing as there are too many students for the two buildings they currently have.
With enrollment growing in the first through seventh grades, there are more students than space.
The district is again asking voters to approve the $30 million referendum to build a new school. It would allow the district to have a high school, middle and elementary school.
The cost to taxpayers would be $16 for every $100,000 of property value.
The district has also secured $20 million in additional funding from area municipalities and $4 million in private donations.
If the request is approved, the new school would open for the 2016 school year. Voters will get their chance to decide next Tuesday.