Poynette, Montello school referendums succeed

November 8, 2018

POYNETTE — Construction referendums in the Poynette and Montello school districts succeeded Tuesday according to unofficial voting results.

In Poynette, voters passed a $28.4 million construction referendum 2,181 to 1,279 allowing the district to spend about $23 million for a new K-4 elementary school.

The Poynette referendum allows the school district to spend about $23 million for a new K-4 elementary school, $3 million for infrastructure improvements, $1.5 million for high school labs and classrooms and $1 million for safety and security upgrades. Much of the money would be repaid over a period of 20 years, Superintendent Matt Shappell explained in the summer.

Poynette administration is projecting the annual tax impact will be $139 on a $100,000 home. Poynette has three school buildings: an elementary/middle school, high school and early learning center. The district serves approximately 1,100 students.

In Montello, voters approved a 10-year, $4.5 million construction referendum 1,772 to 1,165 allowing the district to make improvements to its roof, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, plumbing, carpeting and fire alarm system.

The same construction referendum had failed by 14 votes in April. The tax burden of Montello’s construction referendum is expected to be $79 on a $100,000 home, Superintendent Margaret Banker reported in October.

Improvements to the district’s 209,000-square-foot building would follow substantial flooding that occurred in the area over the late summer. Though the school district did not suffer damage from the flooding, the general impact of flooding proved widespread and reinforced the importance of upgrading facilities as soon as possible, Banker had said.

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