By Paul Schmitt and Tim Kowols
The three Door County Schools were able to pass their referendums Tuesday night.
Southern Door voters approved both questions on the ballot Tuesday evening. The first referendum question is for $6,270,000 to pay for building upgrades. It passed by a 60-40 percent margin. The second question is a one-year, $450,000 operational referendum that would help maintain its current services. It passed by a 59-41 percent margin. Superintendent Patti Vickman says Tuesday’s results put Southern Door School District’s funding on par with others in the state.
Gibraltar School District voters approved both referendum questions for funding its operations and facility upgrades. The building referendum would ask for $4.4 million to remodel the library/media center, classrooms, and other improvements. It passed by a 70-30 percent margin. The operational referendum passed by a 70-30 percent margin as well. It overrides current revenue limits by $1.4 million next school year, $2.8 million for 2020-21, and $4.2 million in 2021-22.
Sevastopol approved the $25.1 million building referendum by a 69-31 percent margin. It will allow the district to replace the structures in the poorest condition with modern facilities that address educational and safety needs. A second question was also approved for a $2 million operational referendum. The question passed by a 62-38 percent margin. Superintendent Kyle Luedtke thanked the over 3,000 voters for casting their ballots for the referendum and the donors of an additional $2,040,000 towards the project.
Door County Clerk Jill Lau estimates voter turnout was above 80 percent, which was well above the expected national average of around 50 percent.