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Community invited to learn about upcoming April 2, 2024 referendum

The Hamilton School District invites community members to attend upcoming informational meetings and visit the Hamilton Grows website to learn about the two referendum questions that will be on the April 2 spring election ballot. The questions address the district’s financial and capacity challenges. Meetings will be held at Templeton Middle School, Lannon Elementary School, Hamilton High School and Sussex Civic Center.

Public Information Meetings:
  • Thursday, February 1: Templeton Middle School Cafeteria at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 22: Lannon Elementary School Gym at 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 7: Sussex Civic Center Community Room from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 19: Hamilton High School Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

Community members are invited to attend four upcoming public informational meetings to learn details of referendum questions, fully understand district needs, tour impacted school spaces and have questions answered. Hamilton School District Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. will attend all meetings to give a brief presentation and speak with community members.

“The decision to place these two referendum questions on the spring ballot was not made lightly and follows years of responsible financial management, planning for community growth and gathering valuable feedback,” explains Superintendent Dr. Paul Mielke. “The ballot questions have been carefully written, taking into account community input, increasing student enrollment, inadequate state funding and our need to maintain current class sizes, staffing levels, academic programs and course offerings.”

If the $7.6 million dollar recurring operational referendum is approved by voters, funding would be used to:

  • Help maintain current class sizes, staffing levels, academic course offerings and programs
  • Pay for increasing operational costs (heating schools, bussing, etc.)
  • Replace aging building systems throughout the district (roofs, HVAC, fire alarms) and install AC at Willow Springs Learning Center

If the $25 million dollar facilities referendum is approved by voters, funding would be used to:

  • Build an addition to expand Hamilton High School cafeteria, accommodating current enrollment and creating a commons space for students to use throughout the day
  • Renovate Applied Engineering & Technology, science and art classrooms at the high school
  • Renovate to expand Templeton Middle School cafeteria, accommodating current enrollment and creating a commons space for students to use throughout the day
  • Reconfigure bus and parent drop-off/pick-up areas at Marcy, Maple Avenue and Lannon Elementary Schools to enhance safety, increase efficiency and improve traffic flow on local roads
  • Build an addition at Lannon Elementary School, accommodating current and future enrollment

“We will work tirelessly between now and April 2 to continue detailing to families and the wider community the reasons these referendums are critical to our future success,” adds Dr. Mielke.