Yes, yes, yes, no.
That was how the four school referendums fared in Door County Tuesday, with Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol and Washington Island taxpayers voting yes and Southern Door voters again saying no.
Sevastopol's three-year, $4.25 million referendum got the most backing with 72% of voters saying yes. Superintendent Linda Underwood says she's very grateful to the community for supporting the district.
Sturgeon Bay's three-year, $3.9 million plan also passed easily, 63% to 37%. Superintendent Joe Stutting says the vote shows that Sturgeon Bay supports education and that the district has "caring citizens who are willing to go out and talk about it." Stutting says it's also a credit to the district's school board.
Washington Island's two-year referendum was approved by 53% of voters. Superintendent Tim Raymond says while multi-year referendums may be old hat in other districts, it's not as common for Washington Island.
Southern Door's voters went the other direction, rejecting a three-year, $3.08 million referendum. The margin was nearly identical to the vote two years ago when taxpayers said no to a two-year, $1.25 million plan. In 2011 the margin was 59.5% to 40.5%. This year it was 59.3% to 40.7%. Attempts to reach Superintendent Patti Vickman and School Board President Dustin Miller Tuesday night were not successful.
You can find more information about the referendums below.
Shall the School District of Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $1,000,000 for the 2013-2014 school year only; by $1,300,000 for the 2014-2015 school year only; and by $1,600,000 for the 2015-2016 school year only, for non-recurring purposes consisting of funding educational programming for students?
*Yes - 1,094 (63%)
No - 639 (37%)
Shall the School Board of the Southern Door County School District, Door County, Wisconsin, be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91 Wisconsin Statutes by $700,000 for the 2013-2014 school year; by $1,070,000 for the 2014-2015 school year; and by $1,310,000 for the 2015-2016 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of operating costs, maintenance projects and improving school security?
Yes - 1,031 (41%)
*No - 1,503 (59%)
Shall the School District of Sevastopol, Door County, Wisconsin, be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91 Wisconsin Statutes by $1,150,000 for the year 2013-2014 school year; $1,350,000 for the 2014-2015 school year, and $1,750,000 for the 2015-2016 school year for non-recurring operating purposes?
*Yes - 979 (72%)
No - 387 (28%)
Shall the School Board of the School District of Washington be authorized to exceed the revenue limit under Section 121.91(2m) of the Wisconsin Statutes on a nonrecurring basis by an amount of $391,000 for the 2013-2014 school year and $481,000 for the 2014-15 school year for the purpose of paying the cost of district operating expenses?
*Yes - 214 (53%)
No - 193 (47%)
You can find results of contested Door County races here.
Results of Kewaunee County's contested races are here.