With Election Day seven weeks away, the Madison Metropolitan School District is preparing to discuss the projects in its capital referendum over the next few weeks.
District staff will hold a series of Facebook Live sessions beginning this Wednesday, Sept. 16, to focus on each of the high school projects included in the $317 million ballot question, which is one of two referendums on the Nov. 3 ballot. Those who plan to vote absentee will be receiving ballots in the coming weeks and can vote ahead of Election Day.
The capital referendum question includes money to renovate each of the four comprehensive high schools, consolidate Capital High School into one building and build a new elementary school in the Rimrock Road neighborhood. Each of the upcoming informational sessions will focus on the projects at one of the high schools, with all streaming from 5-6:30 p.m. on the district’s Facebook page:
The $317 million ask is among the largest in the history of the state, according to state Department of Public Instruction data. It is surpassed only by Racine’s barely approved $1 billion question in April, which won by five votes, and Milwaukee’s $366 million 1993 question that failed.
Each of the comprehensive high schools would receive about $70 million for renovations under the plan, while the other funds would go toward the Capital High move, elementary school construction and $2 million earmarked for sustainability projects.
The second question on the ballot would provide MMSD with additional revenue authority above the state-imposed limit, phased in over four years. It would provide an additional $6 million in year one, an additional $8 million in year two, another $9 million in year three and $10 million more in year four. The district would then be able to surpass the revenue limit by $33 million in perpetuity thereafter.
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