Cudahy School Board Requesting Voters to Approve $7.9 Million Referendum

Cudahy School Board is requesting voters approve a $7.9 million referendum for the purpose of paying for the cost of remodeling and improving schools.

According to a press release from the district, At the March 26, 2016, School Board Meeting, the Cudahy School Board of Directors approved placing a referendum question on the November 8, 2016, Presidential ballot.

According to Dr. James Heiden, Superintendent, “The dollars requested would be spent on keeping the students and staff safe, warm and dry.”

The referendum focuses on six areas: safety and security upgrades, improvements to academic spaces, heating systems upgrades, window repair and replacements, fire system upgrades, and safer student drop off and pick-up at the high school.

The referendum includes upgrades at all seven of the school district’s facilities.

The district administration and board have identified forty-eight separate projects that would be completed upon successful passage of the 2016 School District of Cudahy’s Warm, Safe & Dry III referendum. Major projects include: unit vent replacements at Cudahy High School and General Mitchell Elementary School; remodel the Technical Education and Family and Consumer Education Wings at Cudahy High School; extending the current student drop-off and pick-up area at Cudahy High School; façade repair at General Mitchell Elementary School; window repair at Cudahy High School; as well as fire alarm upgrades at General Mitchell Elementary, Cudahy Middle School and Park View Elementary School. For a complete list of referendum projects, visit the School District Website at

In Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Safe Warm and Dry referendums, voters approved over $9.7M to complete eighty-eight separate projects. Careful management of the two previous referendums resulted in a total of one hundred-seventeen projects completed. Said Dr. Heiden, “We intend to maintain the same care and management of this upcoming referendum as we have in the past in an effort to complete over sixty projects; twelve more than currently projected.”

The referendum is projected to cost taxpayers an additional .08 cents per thousand dollars per year or $8.00 more per year on a home valued at $100,000. 

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