Voters show support in school referendums

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DE PERE (Wis.) - WBAY Nine school districts in Northeast Wisconsin had referendums that passed Tuesday night.

Two questions passed by voters in the West De Pere School District, approved nearly 75 million dollars for upgrades and expansions.

Now that voters passed the two referendums work can begin.

"Construction will be gradual with the completion of the last project in 2021,” West De Pere Superintendent John Zegers said.

According to Zegers phase one is all about design.

"We'll renovate one of our elementary schools as well as our middle school,” Zegers said. “We'll add the new 5-6 building and it'll be new construction and then our high school will have renovations."

The district will also build a multi-purpose facility and other outdoor stadium.

The renovations are expected to keep pace through 2030.

"We have not had open enrollment for the last four years because we feel strongly that we have to provide the best quality facilities that we possibly can for our own residents,” said Zegers.

Elsewhere among the nine schools with passing referendums, the Manawa district is excited to get 12 million dollars for high school additions, district-wide renovations and safety upgrades.

"It's clear that the taxpayers understood the much needed high cost maintenance items and capital improvement projects could not be completed without their support of a new source of revenue,” District Administrator Melanie Oppor said.

At West De Pere, Zegers is ready to get going.

"We're very grateful to our school board, our community and our yes committee that made it all possible,” said Zegers.

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