Referendum 2022

Dear Sun Prairie Area School District Community:

With the operating referendum results in, we wanted to reach out. We appreciate everyone who voted, regardless of how you cast your vote. This school district is yours and we take our direction from you. We do not take your financial support of the SPASD for granted. Please know we will continue to be good stewards of the financial resources you provide to run this school district.  We have the best staff and we will work to ensure we retain and recruit the very best. Most importantly, our commitment to you is that within our financial means, we will continue to ensure every child receives the best public education possible. 

We thank you for the trust you place in us. We promise to continue the transparency to you and the focus on creating an exceptional educational experience for this community’s children.

Yours in Service,
Dr. Steve Schroeder, Board President
Dr. Brad Saron, Superintendent



$9M Recurring Operating Referendum
Yes No
City of Sun Prairie 10444 6382
City of Madison 1610 501
Town of Bristol 1003 1251
Town of Burke 527 506
Town of Cottage Grove 0 1
Town of Sun Prairie 578 601
Town of York 3 8
Village of Cottage Grove 1 4
Village of Windsor 26 16
Town of Hampden 7 10
TOTALS 14,199 9,280

This web page is designed to provide information to help you make an informed decision on the November 8, 2022 Operational Referendum for the Sun Prairie Area School District.

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The budget deficits result from the lack of adequate projected increased state funding that keeps pace with inflation. The projected budget deficits are unrelated to the opening of Sun Prairie West High School, the building of Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium at Ashley Field, or the renovations at the Hilltop Campus.

Sun Prairie Area School District's budget forecast models show significant projected budget deficits in the next five years. Without a successful referendum there will be a significant budget reduction process beginning in December 2022 to be effective for the school year beginning on July 1, 2023. The School Board put this referendum question on the ballot so that the community can decide how to move forward.  Does our community want to make significant cuts or do we pass a referendum that helps bridge the gap between the state funding received and the inflationary costs of maintaining our programs and services?


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A Message from the Board of Education

Dear Sun Prairie Area School District Community,

We have a lot to be proud of in the Sun Prairie Area School District. We are starting the 2022–2023 academic year with a new secondary configuration, including the new and stunning Sun Prairie West High School, a refreshed Sun Prairie East High School, a new amazing space for Prairie Phoenix Academy, and a reconfigured and beautiful Central Heights Middle School. Plus, the new Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium at Ashley Field has already been enjoyed by thousands of District residents.

We have also invested in all other District facilities, by installing new lockers, bathrooms, furniture, flooring, lighting, HVAC, carpeting, paint, and windows, and tearing down walls to make our learning spaces more collaborative. We have much to celebrate when it comes to our facilities. With three high schools, three 6th–8th-grade buildings, and nine elementary schools, our School District is in great shape for the foreseeable future.

But buildings do not teach children; people do. We have made great strides in recruiting and retaining the best teachers, staff, and administrators who work tirelessly for our students each and every day. Three years ago, our median salary for teachers was below the Dane County average, and we are proud to say that we are now slightly above the Dane County median. But we cannot regress. We must do everything we can to recruit and retain the highest quality staff so that our children are prepared for the ever-changing world we live in.

We do not want to increase class sizes at this critical time or reduce the number of staff that make our District the best place for our students. We have come too far.

We believe our brightest days are still in front of us. Thank you for your ongoing support of our faculty, staff, and most importantly, the 8,400 children who are relying on us every day.

On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you for reading this important information. It is our honor to serve you.

Every Child, Every Day,

Steve Schroeder
Board of Education President

Bryn Horton
Vice President

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