On November 6, residents who live in the Cedarburg School District will have the opportunity to vote on a $59.8 million facilities referendum.
If approved, the referendum would provide funding for numerous facilities improvements, including those allowing the district to provide expanded career-oriented educational programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). It would also address increasing enrollment along with safety and security updates across all five district schools.
The Cedarburg school board approved the referendum in mid-July. Its decision came after a spring community-wide survey in which 60 percent of residents said they would support a potential referendum. Additionally, about 80 percent of respondents indicated they believe the Cedarburg School District has positive effect on their home values.
Steady enrollment growth
The district's facilities needs stem from recent growth in the community that have led to capacity concerns at some of its schools. While the board had originally considered a $72.3 million referendum earlier in the year, it decided to pair back that number to $59.8 million based on feedback it received through the survey and other community engagement opportunities.
Of that number, about $29.7 million would go toward updates at Cedarburg High School, while another $2.90 million would be focused on work at Webster Middle School. The remainder would be split between projects at Parkview, Thorson and Westlawn elementary schools.
Throughout the process, the board’s goal has been to develop a facilities improvement plan that focused on the key priorities of (1) providing capacity to handle increasing enrollments, (2) offering the best possible teaching and learning environments and (3) enhancing safety and security.
The district and board appreciate the input and feedback of the community over the past several months. We look forward to continuing this important conversation about the future of our schools in advance of the referendum in November.