Referendum 2020 Archive
On April 7, 2020, voters in the Mequon-Thiensville School District approved a $55.7 million referendum to address facility needs across the Mequon-Thiensville School District. The measure was approved by a margin of 58% yes to 42% no.
“This bold step forward by our community will serve our school district and all residents well into the future,” said MTSD Superintendent of Schools Matthew Joynt, Ph.D. “We are pleased to add to the vitality of our community through our strong public schools. The engagement throughout this process reaffirms our community’s support and desire to grow with us.”
The district will now begin developing plans and timelines for construction projects. Because construction will touch every building and program in some way, projects will be phased to cause as little disruption to students as possible.
In an ever-changing environment, it is important to monitor all aspects of our educational program, including physical environments.
We began a process to thoroughly assess facilities and learning environments in fall 2018 in order to develop a long-range plan for facilities. Environments were analyzed for their capacity to support projected enrollment growth; provide flexible, safe and secure environments; support community recreation and athletic usage; and manage ongoing infrastructure maintenance needs.
The school district partnered with Eppstein Uhen Architects to help facilitate the development of this all-encompassing 10-year framework that aligns the organization’s current reality, impending forecasts, strategic direction, and the community’s priorities.The plan serves as a long-range framework aligning the organization’s current reality, impending forecasts, strategic direction, and the community’s priorities.
Facility Needs Addressed
What has been accomplished since the vote?
After the referendum passed in April, planning and development of a timeline for construction projects began in partnership with Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) and Hunzinger Construction Company. Following the April 7 vote, MTSD and its partners have completed the following:
- Schematic Design - MTSD, EUA, and Hunzinger Construction Company reviewed and formalized project requirements and goals.
- Traffic Studies - Traffic Analysis and Design, Inc. (TADI) visited elementary and middle school sites to re-analyze traffic flow due to this year’s adjusted procedures for parent pick-up and drop-off. Reconfiguration of traffic circulation and parking lot queuing will occur at different stages with each school.
Much progress has been made on design and construction planning at each site, and Hunzinger Construction Company broke ground at our elementary and middle schools in early April 2021.