Mauston’s Board of Education is proposing the $54.8 million in the referendum go towards safety, security and traffic flow; district-wide infrastructure, capital maintenance and energy efficiency improvements; and educational environmental improvements.
To implement these improvements the referendum would fund updated Tech Ed classrooms, a renovation and expansion of iLead Charter classrooms at the high school, an improvement of site safety, traffic flow, and site drainage at main campus, updates to Olson Middle School, an addition and remodeling at Grayside Elementary School, capital maintenance at Lyndon Station Elementary School, and building a new West Side Elementary School which would include the Mauston Montessori School.
About $10.6 million of the referendum funding would go towards infrastructure and maintenance projects at all schools in the district.
The new West Side Elementary School would sit on the main campus, where Grayside Elementary, Olson Middle School, and Mauston High School are currently located. The current West Side Elementary on Loomis Drive in Mauston, which was built in 1951, would be taken offline. West Side Elementary is currently filled above capacity, with about 350 students in grades 4K through 2nd and both the Montessori School and Early Childhood/Head Start programs.
Approval of the referendum by the School Board comes after about 60% of residents in the district indicated support of the proposed plan in a survey sent by the district in May. About 55% of residents responded to the survey, representing 1,177 community members.