After 10 months of citizens committee work (Secondary School Space Planning Committee) and a community survey in September 2018, the Sun Prairie Area School District Board of Education placed two referendum questions on the April 2, 2019 ballot:
QUESTION #1 | Address Secondary Space Needs (6th-12th Grade)
Cost: $164 million
Annual Tax Impact: $56 per $100,000 of property value
Major Solution Components:
Build a second high school
Reconfigure Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School (CHUMS) to serve 6th-8th grades as the District’s third middle school
Relocate Prairie Phoenix Academy to a separate and dedicated space at the current CHUMS building
Provide professional development space at the current CHUMS building
Build a new multi-purpose stadium at the Ashley Field site for use by both high schools
QUESTION #2 | Operational Funding
Cost: $5 million per year beginning in 2019-2020
Annual Tax Impact: $72 per $100,000 of property value
The first three years will fund $10 million in construction costs (saving the District close to $6 million in interest costs), with the remaining $5 million to help align teacher compensation closer to Dane County market rates ($15 million total). Year four and beyond will fund operations of the second high school.
Our schools are closed but our learning continues!
All of our schools and facilities (including sports fields) are closed.
Please visit our Distance Learning webpage for more information such as distance learning resources, meal services throughout the community, and recent COVID-19 communications that have been sent to families.