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Wisconsin school referendums earn split decision


FRANKLIN, WI (WTAQ) - The Franklin School District will get new classrooms and an auditorium for its high school – but it won’t get a new gym for the middle school.

Voters approved the high school projects Tuesday, but they said no to the gymnasium.

The academic facilities got the biggest support among Franklin voters, at 53 percent. The 3 projects together would have cost $49 million.

It was among Wisconsin’s six most expensive school referendums – and counting Franklin, voters said yes to four of them. 

In Pulaski, 62 percent of voters said no to $33 million in various renovations and technology updates – plus a new athletic complex.

The biggest package was in the Middleton-Cross Plains district, where voters said yes by a 2 to 1 margin to almost $60 million for additions and renovations to a pair of middle schools.

51 percent of Lake Mills voters said yes to a new $19 million elementary school.

In East Troy, $17 million for high school renovations was voted down 53-47 percent. And in Antigo, voters rejected a $26 million elementary school, plus funding for additional operating costs. Both were voted down by 2 to 1 margins.