MAYVILLE – Mayville voters will be asked to approve a $24.25 million school referendum in the April election.
The funds will be spent for infrastructure , safety and security improvements at all three of its school buildings as well as an addition and renovations at Mayville High School. The district is projecting an increase of $2.21 to the current levy which stands at $8.81. That is down from the 2015-2016 levy of $10.57.
The district has had a number of community members on committees to study various aspects of the district facilities for several years. In 2015, Mayville voters rejected a $23 million referendum. That was followed by a nine-month study of whether Mayville and Horicon school districts should merge. When that fell apart because Horicon was no longer interested, the Mayville School Board began considering how to address some of its needs.
A facilities study committee was set up and reported its findings to the district earlier this month. Thursday, the school board reviewed the information before voting unanimously to proceed with a referendum in April.
According to the information presented by school superintendent Scott Sabol, of the $24.5 million being sought, $10.98 million will be spent for capital maintenance, $6.95 million will be spent on new construction and $6.32 million will be spent for renovation.
The $10.98 million in maintenance funds will be spent on things like heating and ventilation, new roofs, electric, plumbing, new windows and doors, adding security inside and outside of the district’s three schools, storm water management, fixing leaks and lighting upgrades.
The plan calls for spending $1.35 million at Parkview Elementary School and $1.74 million at Mayville Middle School. With the exception of an $80,000 renovation at the elementary school, all of that will be spent for capital projects.
“We’re making sure the building is clean dry and safe,” Sabol said.
The bulk of the referendum funds would be spent at Mayville High School. The 53-year-old building would get many capital maintenance improvements both inside and out as well as an addition and renovations.
The addition is focused on providing new space for science, technology, engineering, ag and math programs. It would allow for partnerships with local industry, according to instructors and school board members.
“We now literally have a STEM zone in our design,” Sabol said.
The addition would free up space in other areas of the building allowing for renovation and expansion for the music and arts programs. There also will be more space for physical education facilities
The plan also is notable for what it does not include. A number of community members lobbied for a gym or at the very least a “practice” gym to be included. Several people noted there is no expansion of the auditorium.
When the district went to referendum in 2015, there were two questions on the ballot and one sought $3.7 million for a new gym.
Sabol said the district could consider a practice facility if it fits within the total amount of the referendum approved because the district would use such a facility for physical education courses. He emphasized that details of the design will need to be finalized after a referendum is approved.
Three of four speakers asked the school board to consider splitting the referendum question into two parts. They said the district needs for maintenance and infrastructure are less costly, but most imperative.
School board members pointed out that at the high school, many of the changes are planned as part of the addition. They also expressed concern that voters would only approve the capital maintenance funds and not the funds needed to allow the district to modernize it facilities and educational offerings.
“I think, really, making an investment in the district is making an investment in the future of Mayville,” Sabol said.