School plan no longer richest in state history
Janesville had the distinction of passing the biggest school-building referendum in state history on Nov. 7, 2006. But thatís no longer the case.
New Richmond eclipsed Janesville with a $92.8 million referendum on April 3, and Sun Prairie passed a $96 million referendum on Tuesday.
Voters in Sun Prairie approved building a new high school but rejected including a pool there.
The $96 million bond issue will pay for a new high school for students in the 10th through 12th grades and for the existing high school to be retrofitted for eighth- and ninth-graders. The vote was 4,106-3,089.
Sun Prairie voters defeated separate referendum questions that called for a $3.325 million pool and an increase in the district ís revenue limit to pay its operating costs.
Meanwhile in West Bend on Tuesday, the vote was 9,291-5,542 to defeat a $119.3 million referendum that would have meant the construction of three new schools and renovation of others over fours years beginning in 2009.
West Bend Superintendent Patricia Herdrich said the district now must place trailers at two additional elementary schools for needed classroom space, cut educational programs and boost class sizes in some buildings.