Voters pass referendum for school upgrades

Posted April 4, 2018

Voters supported a referendum question on the April 3 ballot allowing the Plymouth School District to borrow up to $31.9 million for school upgrades.

"I want to thank the Board of Education for its leadership, and our community for supporting our school district," said Superintendent Carrie Dassow. "Plymouth has always been a leader in providing great schools. These upgrades will help us to continue offering an outstanding education for our students and our community."

Unofficial returns from the county clerk show 2,528 votes (or 61 percent) cast for the referendum and 1,622 (39 percent) against.

Now that the borrowing has been approved, the design and bidding process can begin, which will take three to four months. Construction is expected to begin in the fall.

The key goals of the proposed projects are:

  • To improve safety and security.
  • To expand learning opportunities for high school students.
  • To provide better access to education, wellness and recreation for students and the community.

Most of the projects would benefit three schools:

  • Fairview Elementary School: More secure entrance; larger gymnasium; cafeteria and kitchen addition; renovated art and music classrooms; and air conditioning throughout the building.
  • Parkview Elementary School: More secure entrance; larger gymnasium; cafeteria and kitchen expansion; and air conditioning throughout the building.
  • Plymouth High School: More secure entrance; safer traffic patterns; renovated Science labs; expanded Culinary Arts area; new Health Careers section; kitchen and cafeteria expansion; centralized District and Community Ed & Rec offices; new fitness center and girls locker room; and a multi-purpose indoor facility.
 
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About the referendum

The referendum question, which was on the April 3 ballot, asked voters if they support borrowing up to $31.9 million to improve safety/security; to expand learning opportunities for high school students; and to provide better access to education, wellness and recreation for students and the community.

The district put the referendum question before voters after spending nearly a year conducting a thoughtful and thorough evaluation of existing facilities and seeking community feedback through focus groups and a districtwide survey.

The Board of Education believes this is a good time to consider a referendum, given the district’s tradition of fiscal responsibility, its low mill rate compared to other districts, and historically low interest rates.

Learn more:

Read an article about the new gyms proposed for Fairview and Parkview.
Read an article about additional upgrades proposed for Fairview and Parkview.
Read an article about the multi-purpose facility proposed for Plymouth High School.
Read an article about additional upgrades proposed for Plymouth High School.
• Visit the Referendum Information webpage at www.plymouth.k12.wi.us/facilities.html.
• Call (920) 892-2661.
• Email facilities@plymouth.k12.wi.us.