On April 2, 2019, residents voted to support the district’s facilities and operating referenda. Your support allows us to address improved safety, accessibility and traffic flow in addition to addressing critical capital maintenance projects and improved learning spaces, while continuing the high quality instructional program our students deserve and our community has come to expect.  We look forward to the design, renovation, and construction process and will continue to keep our community informed regarding the work ahead.  Thank you!  

 

Question #1

requests permission to exceed the district’s state revenue limit by $980,000 per year for ten years to maintain instructional programs, services, and staffing. The district’s current operational referendum of $800,000 per year is expiring in 2019 and this new referendum amount replaces these funds and adjusts for inflation. 

 

Question #2

requests permission to borrow funds (issue debt) in an amount not-to-exceed $16,370,000 to address imminent capital maintenance projects and high priority safety, security and learning space improvements at both Maple Dale and Indian Hill schools.

 

Facilities Assessment and Process

The Facilities Assessment included both of our school buildings and sites and served as a detailed planning document that provided a valuable foundation of information. 

Facilities Assessment Page and Process

Community Survey Regarding Referendum Results

Tax Impact

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Referendum Information Nights

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Ask questions, Get Answers!  Attend a Referendum Information Session

 

The Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District is hosting two Referendum Information Sessions. This is your chance to ask questions and get answers about the April 2 referendum. Learn more about the project scope, timing, and more. District staff, along with representatives from Miron Construction and Eppstein Uhen Architects, will be on-hand to answer questions. School tours will be available

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | Maple Dale School | 6:00-7:30 

Monday, March 18, 2019 | Indian Hill School | 6:00-7:30

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQ - Two Ballot Questions

Why Are There Two Questions On The Ballot?


For more than a year, the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Board asked for staff, student, and community input on our District’s operational budget needs as well as critical capital maintenance and facility improvement projects. The school Board is committed to finding a solution that best serves our students and reflects the priorities of our community. Based on the feedback and analysis, the School Board finalized two referendum questions. District residents will have the opportunity to vote on both questions on Tuesday, April 2, 2019




There Are Two Questions On The Upcoming Ballot. Do I Answer Both Questions?


There are two separate questions on April 2 . The first question is asking the community to renew our current operational dollars. This allows the District to maintain high-quality instructional programs, services, and staff for all students. The District’s $800,000 operational referendum expires in 2019. The new referendum amount replaces these funds and adjust for inflation. The second question is asking the community to borrow funds in an amount not to exceed $16.37 million dollars to address imminent capital maintenance projects and high-priority safety, security, and learning space improvements at both Maple Dale and Indian Hill schools. The funds of the $16.37 million dollars are broken down as follows:




What Will The Questions Look Like On The Ballot?


The questions are very specific and address what the funds can be utilized for if received. Those questions will appear on the ballot and will look similar to the following:





FAQ - Operational Referendum (Question Number 1)

Why Are There Two Questions On The Ballot?


For more than a year, the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Board asked for staff, student, and community input on our District’s operational budget needs as well as critical capital maintenance and facility improvement projects. The school Board is committed to finding a solution that best serves our students and reflects the priorities of our community. Based on the feedback and analysis, the School Board finalized two referendum questions. District residents will have the opportunity to vote on both questions on Tuesday, April 2, 2019




There Are Two Questions On The Upcoming Ballot. Do I Answer Both Questions?


There are two separate questions on April 2 . The first question is asking the community to renew our current operational dollars. This allows the District to maintain high-quality instructional programs, services, and staff for all students. The District’s $800,000 operational referendum expires in 2019. The new referendum amount replaces these funds and adjust for inflation. The second question is asking the community to borrow funds in an amount not to exceed $16.37 million dollars to address imminent capital maintenance projects and high-priority safety, security, and learning space improvements at both Maple Dale and Indian Hill schools. The funds of the $16.37 million dollars are broken down as follows:




What Will The Questions Look Like On The Ballot?


The questions are very specific and address what the funds can be utilized for if received. Those questions will appear on the ballot and will look similar to the following:





FAQ - Capital Improvements (Question Number 2)

What is the total cost to borrow $16.37 million for the defined referendum projects?


A referendum authorizes borrowing of money for specifically identified purposes. In the case of the April 2 capital referendum, the borrowing may not exceed $16.37 million. Similar to a home purchase and mortgage, there is interest charged to borrow money. The estimated tax impacts provided by Robert W. Baird assumes borrowing over 15 years at interest rates of 3.75% as well as 1% property growth. This is a conservative estimate with interest rates projected above current rates. Interest costs could be less than currently projected and property growth can also fluctuate. Final interest will be known once rates are locked.




If approved, what is the maximum annual tax impact of Question 2?


The capital referendum estimated tax impact will be $116.00 per year for every $100,000 of fair market property value. The total of both questions will be an estimated tax impact of about $133.00 per $100,000 of fair market property value. The capital referendum accounts for $116.00 of the $133.00 total amount. The total amount and the specific amount to each question can be seen below:




Why doesn’t the District use its fund balance to pay for facility improvements?


The District has a long history of sound fiscal stewardship. Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District is one of the few districts in the state that did not have to short-term borrow in the 2018-2019 school year. Short-term borrowing occurs because school districts have expenditures for a fiscal year that begin on July 1; however, state aid and property tax revenues are not received until later in the fiscal year, generally beginning on January 15. Cash is needed to cover expenses during this time. Most school districts borrow money to “bridge a gap” until the receipt of revenue, which costs additional interest. In addition to avoiding short-term borrowing, a healthy fund balance allows our District to make special purchases or cover unforeseen expenditures (including maintenance and repairs) as well as enhance our bond rating by demonstrating financial stability. A strong bond rating will provide lower interest rates on future debt issuance. We do plan on utilizing some funds from the Fund Balance to cover the costs of furniture and technology alongside the capital referendum to provide refreshed spaces for our students and community.




Is it possible that following a comprehensive and collaborative design process, the costs will be much more or much less than $16.37 million?


No, it is not possible to exceed the defined project scope or cost of $16.37 million. At the conclusion of all projects, any monies left over are credited to the District.




If the referendum does not pass, will the District consider an alternate plan?


If the operational referendum fails, the District will:

  • Utilize fund balance to cover staffing costs for the 2019-20 school year and minimize expenses were possible.
  • Review class size, educational programs and staffing to offset the loss of revenue.
  • Re-engage the community and review priority educational and operational needs for a potential future referendum.
If the capital referendum fails, the District will:
  • Address emergency repairs only in the 2019-20 school year and create a long-term plan to address critical needs. However, these funds will need to be taken from operational funds, which could impact staffing, student programming and other educational areas.
  • Re-engage the community to modify the recommended plan for a potential future referendum
We strongly believe that we have done a thorough and comprehensive study of our buildings, engaged the community in discussions and surveyed members of our municipalities. We would not put forth referenda questions that we were not confident with moving forward.





FAQ - Classroom Updates

Will all classrooms in each school be getting new furniture?


Furniture is not part of the referendum cost, but has been budgeted separately as part of the District’s annual budget process.




Why do classrooms need updates?


Education has changed over the years. Current curriculum emphasizes content and skill, as well as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. We offer classes and opportunities that are different than when the buildings were first designed, and updated educational spaces, like STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), Makerspace, and Innovation/Fab Lab, will allow us to more effectively engage students in their learning and to better meet the intentions of the curriculum. There are specific spaces within each building that will have been identified and will be addressed within the $16.37 million dollar referendum.





FAQ - Safety & Security Upgrades

Will all classrooms in each school be getting new furniture?


Furniture is not part of the referendum cost, but has been budgeted separately as part of the District’s annual budget process.




Why do classrooms need updates?


Education has changed over the years. Current curriculum emphasizes content and skill, as well as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. We offer classes and opportunities that are different than when the buildings were first designed, and updated educational spaces, like STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), Makerspace, and Innovation/Fab Lab, will allow us to more effectively engage students in their learning and to better meet the intentions of the curriculum. There are specific spaces within each building that will have been identified and will be addressed within the $16.37 million dollar referendum.





FAQ - Costs For The Capital Referendum - Question 2

What is the total cost to borrow $16.37 million for the defined referendum projects?


A referendum authorizes borrowing of money for specifically identified purposes. In the case of the April 2 capital referendum, the borrowing may not exceed $16.37 million. Similar to a home purchase and mortgage, there is interest charged to borrow money. The estimated tax impacts provided by Robert W. Baird assumes borrowing over 15 years at interest rates of 3.75% as well as 1% property growth. This is a conservative estimate with interest rates projected above current rates. Interest costs could be less than currently projected and property growth can also fluctuate. Final interest will be known once rates are locked.




If approved, what is the maximum annual tax impact of Question 2?


The capital referendum estimated tax impact will be $116.00 per year for every $100,000 of fair market property value. The total of both questions will be an estimated tax impact of about $133.00 per $100,000 of fair market property value. The capital referendum accounts for $116.00 of the $133.00 total amount. The total amount and the specific amount to each question can be seen below:




Why doesn’t the District use its fund balance to pay for facility improvements?


The District has a long history of sound fiscal stewardship. Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District is one of the few districts in the state that did not have to short-term borrow in the 2018-2019 school year. Short-term borrowing occurs because school districts have expenditures for a fiscal year that begin on July 1; however, state aid and property tax revenues are not received until later in the fiscal year, generally beginning on January 15. Cash is needed to cover expenses during this time. Most school districts borrow money to “bridge a gap” until the receipt of revenue, which costs additional interest. In addition to avoiding short-term borrowing, a healthy fund balance allows our District to make special purchases or cover unforeseen expenditures (including maintenance and repairs) as well as enhance our bond rating by demonstrating financial stability. A strong bond rating will provide lower interest rates on future debt issuance. We do plan on utilizing some funds from the Fund Balance to cover the costs of furniture and technology alongside the capital referendum to provide refreshed spaces for our students and community.




Is it possible that following a comprehensive and collaborative design process, the costs will be much more or much less than $16.37 million?


No, it is not possible to exceed the defined project scope or cost of $16.37 million. At the conclusion of all projects, any monies left over are credited to the District.




If the referendum does not pass, will the District consider an alternate plan?


If the operational referendum fails, the District will:

  • Utilize fund balance to cover staffing costs for the 2019-20 school year and minimize expenses were possible.
  • Review class size, educational programs and staffing to offset the loss of revenue.
  • Re-engage the community and review priority educational and operational needs for a potential future referendum.
If the capital referendum fails, the District will:
  • Address emergency repairs only in the 2019-20 school year and create a long-term plan to address critical needs. However, these funds will need to be taken from operational funds, which could impact staffing, student programming and other educational areas.
  • Re-engage the community to modify the recommended plan for a potential future referendum
We strongly believe that we have done a thorough and comprehensive study of our buildings, engaged the community in discussions and surveyed members of our municipalities. We would not put forth referenda questions that we were not confident with moving forward.





FAQ - Consolidation Of Schools Or Districts

Will all classrooms in each school be getting new furniture?


Furniture is not part of the referendum cost, but has been budgeted separately as part of the District’s annual budget process.




Why do classrooms need updates?


Education has changed over the years. Current curriculum emphasizes content and skill, as well as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. We offer classes and opportunities that are different than when the buildings were first designed, and updated educational spaces, like STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), Makerspace, and Innovation/Fab Lab, will allow us to more effectively engage students in their learning and to better meet the intentions of the curriculum. There are specific spaces within each building that will have been identified and will be addressed within the $16.37 million dollar referendum.





FAQ - Role Of The Architect And Construction Manager

Why Are There Two Questions On The Ballot?


For more than a year, the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Board asked for staff, student, and community input on our District’s operational budget needs as well as critical capital maintenance and facility improvement projects. The school Board is committed to finding a solution that best serves our students and reflects the priorities of our community. Based on the feedback and analysis, the School Board finalized two referendum questions. District residents will have the opportunity to vote on both questions on Tuesday, April 2, 2019




There Are Two Questions On The Upcoming Ballot. Do I Answer Both Questions?


There are two separate questions on April 2 . The first question is asking the community to renew our current operational dollars. This allows the District to maintain high-quality instructional programs, services, and staff for all students. The District’s $800,000 operational referendum expires in 2019. The new referendum amount replaces these funds and adjust for inflation. The second question is asking the community to borrow funds in an amount not to exceed $16.37 million dollars to address imminent capital maintenance projects and high-priority safety, security, and learning space improvements at both Maple Dale and Indian Hill schools. The funds of the $16.37 million dollars are broken down as follows:




What Will The Questions Look Like On The Ballot?


The questions are very specific and address what the funds can be utilized for if received. Those questions will appear on the ballot and will look similar to the following:





FAQ - Timelines, Design & Construction And Implementation

What neighboring districts have recently passed operational referenda?


Over the past ten years many school districts in the Milwaukee metropolitan area have passed operational referendum questions including Fox Point-Bayside, Nicolet, Glendale-River Hills, Hamilton-Sussex, Mukwonago, Racine and South Milwaukee.




Will this referendum impact the configuration of grade levels?


Grade level was not part of the referendum discussion. Grade level decisions will be made as part of the larger strategic planning work, academic discussions and what is best for students and our district. We are currently examining the potential for third grade to move from Maple Dale to Indian Hill as well as the potential for fourth grade to move in the future. We want to ensure that, in addition to sound decision-making on behalf of our students, we are utilizing our facilities efficiently and effectively.




What neighboring districts have recently passed capital referenda and invested in their buildings?


Over the past ten years many school districts in the Milwaukee metropolitan area have passed facility referendum questions including Brown Deer, Cedarburg, Cudahy, Kettle Moraine, Fox Point J2, Franklin, Germantown, Grafton, Greendale, Hamilton, Kenosha, Menomonee Falls, Mequon-Thiensville, Mukwonago, Muskego-Norway, North Lake, Northern Ozaukee, Oak Creek-Franklin, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Port Washington, Wauwatosa, Whitefish Bay and Whitnall. In the Greater Milwaukee Metro area, Shorewood and St. Francis also have a facility referendum question on the April 2019 ballot. It’s important to note each District’s needs are different.




What amounts do Districts typically ask the community to consider for a referendum?


Referenda will vary across districts as needs are unique. Operational Referenda in the last 10 years have ranged anywhere from $20,000 (per year) to $16,500,000 (per year for 10 years in Green Bay). Capital Referenda in the last 10 years have ranged anywhere from $139,000 to $162,760,000 (Verona).





FAQ - Miscellaneous

What neighboring districts have recently passed operational referenda?


Over the past ten years many school districts in the Milwaukee metropolitan area have passed operational referendum questions including Fox Point-Bayside, Nicolet, Glendale-River Hills, Hamilton-Sussex, Mukwonago, Racine and South Milwaukee.




Will this referendum impact the configuration of grade levels?


Grade level was not part of the referendum discussion. Grade level decisions will be made as part of the larger strategic planning work, academic discussions and what is best for students and our district. We are currently examining the potential for third grade to move from Maple Dale to Indian Hill as well as the potential for fourth grade to move in the future. We want to ensure that, in addition to sound decision-making on behalf of our students, we are utilizing our facilities efficiently and effectively.




What neighboring districts have recently passed capital referenda and invested in their buildings?


Over the past ten years many school districts in the Milwaukee metropolitan area have passed facility referendum questions including Brown Deer, Cedarburg, Cudahy, Kettle Moraine, Fox Point J2, Franklin, Germantown, Grafton, Greendale, Hamilton, Kenosha, Menomonee Falls, Mequon-Thiensville, Mukwonago, Muskego-Norway, North Lake, Northern Ozaukee, Oak Creek-Franklin, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Port Washington, Wauwatosa, Whitefish Bay and Whitnall. In the Greater Milwaukee Metro area, Shorewood and St. Francis also have a facility referendum question on the April 2019 ballot. It’s important to note each District’s needs are different.




What amounts do Districts typically ask the community to consider for a referendum?


Referenda will vary across districts as needs are unique. Operational Referenda in the last 10 years have ranged anywhere from $20,000 (per year) to $16,500,000 (per year for 10 years in Green Bay). Capital Referenda in the last 10 years have ranged anywhere from $139,000 to $162,760,000 (Verona).





 

Preliminary Floor Plans

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In the News

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Journal Sentinel - March 4, 2019
"Five things to know about the Maple Dale-Indian Hill referendum"

WISN 12 News - February 8, 2019

"River Hills school evacuated because of heat outage"

 
 

Voting Information

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Please vote on April 2, 2019!
Visit MyVoteWI

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Vote Early in Your Municipal Clerk’s Office 

Early in-person voting is open from March 18 to March 29; check with your municipality directly

for the specific hours. A photo ID is required to vote in Wisconsin.
 


Village of Bayside
9075 North Regent Rd.
Bayside, WI 53217-1802 
414/206-3913


Village of Fox Point
7200 North Santa Monica Blvd.
Fox Point, WI 53217-3505
414/351-8900 x6621


City of Glendale
5909 North Milwaukee River Pkwy.
Glendale, WI 53209
Phone: 414/228-1718


Village of River Hills
7650 North Pheasant Ln.
River Hills, WI 53217-3012
414/352-8213


Sample Ballots
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Polling Places

Voter Photo ID
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Other Ways to Vote
Are you unable to vote at your polling place on Election Day? Take advantage of one of these other options.
Wisconsin voters can receive their absentee ballot by mail. If you are a regular voter who would like to vote in the 2019 Spring Election, make sure to submit your request for an absentee ballot by March 28, 2019.
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Receive Automatic Absentee Ballots

Receive a ballot for every election by mail.  If you are unable to go to your polling place on Election Day due to age, illness, disability or infirmity, you can request an absentee ballot be sent to you for every election, automatically, as an “indefinitely confined elector.”  Request Automatic Absentee Ballots
 

Village of Bayside - Wards 2, 4
9075 N. Regent Rd., Bayside, WI 53217-1802 

 

Polling Place Hours: Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Village of Fox Point - Wards 6, 7, 8, 9
Longacre Pavilion

7343 N. Longacre Rd., Fox Point, WI 53217


Polling Place Hours: Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

City Of Glendale - Aldermanic District 3/Ward 9
Cardinal Stritch University, Voting Room: Bonaventure Hall

104 N. Kent Ave., Glendale, WI 53217


Polling Place Hours: Tuesday, April 2, 2019,
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Village of River Hills - Wards 2, 3
7650 North Pheasant Ln. River Hills, WI 53217


Polling Place Hours: Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

 

Indian Hill School
1101 West Brown Deer Rd., River Hills, WI, 53217

414/351-7390

4K/JK Morning:  8:15 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

4K/JK Afternoon: 12:15 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

5K/SK - Grade 3:  8:15 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. ​

Maple Dale School

8377 North Port Washington Rd., Fox Point, WI 53217 

414/351-7380

Grades 4-8:  
8:25 a.m.-3:35 p.m.

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