59 school referendums totaling nearly $1.2 billion are on April 2 ballot

POST-ELECTION UPDATE: 75 percent of the 59 school referendums on the April 2 ballot were approved! Read more.

Wisconsin voters again improve spending increase for schools, but some large building projects rejected

Buy Photo Shorewood voters approved $65 million in renovations to Shorewood High School and three other district schools in an April referendum. (Photo: C.T. Kruger / Now News Group) Wisconsin voters in April continued a years-long trend of approving higher spending on schools in local district referendums. According to Wisconsin Policy Forum report, voters approved referendum questions totaling $783 million.

On April 2, Wisconsin residents will vote on 59 school referendums totaling nearly $1.2 billion. That is on top of more than $2 billion in school referendums approved by voters last year, including $1.37 billion in November.

The largest referendums on the April ballot are $164 million for a new high school in Sun Prairie, $129.6 million for a new middle school and other upgrades in Neenah, $125 million for a new intermediate school and other upgrades in DeForest, and $91.5 million for maintenance and improvement projects in Fond du Lac.

Due to many years of stagnant state support for local schools, districts have increasingly turned to local voters for referendum approvals, and voters have overwhelmingly shown their support for public schools by passing them. Last year, more than 90 percent of 157 referendums passed, including 94 percent of 77 ballot questions in November.

In his state budget plan this week, Governor Tony Evers is proposing a $1.4 billion increase in K-12 education funding over the next two years.

Below is the complete list of school referendums on the April 2 ballot (click here to open):

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