Referendum-Construction Updates

photo rendering of front entrance with all of the contractors listed below: Wendel, Northland, Apex, AEC, Market and Johnson

On April 4, 2017, voters passed the referendum to remodel the high school
and elementary school, as well as create an athletic addition to our school.
Check back in for more progress updates as construction begins.

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  • Parking restrictions will occur on Clark St. to allow for
    bus pickup/drop-off during the months of March, April, and May.
  • High school and administrative offices will be relocated during construction.
    Look for signs at the school and information on the website.
  • Construction zones will be fenced off to protect students.


  • Asbestos Removal beginning March 2018
  • Break ground on additions beginning March 2018
  • Remodel work to start in June 2018
  • Remodel work completed in August 2018
  • Final completion September 2018 (expected)




Shall the School District of Thorp, Clark and Taylor Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $4,500,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a district-wide school building and improvement program consisting of: renovations and additions for a locker room and a secured entrance; other capital improvement projects; site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment?

Why Now and Why do These Needs Exist?

Although regular maintenance has been done within the school buildings, it’s time for some renovations, repairs and space needs. The district’s current debt payments on the Agriculture/Technical Education addition will be paid in full in 2017. We can address current capital needs now before the existing facilities deteriorate more and while construction costs are low. The existing High School was constructed in 1963 and has served the district well. However, there are significant issues that need repair such as flooring, locker rooms, space needs and others as described in the information above. The existing Elementary School was constructed in 1992 and it needs minor upgrades in finishes that have lasted for over 25 years. These are capital needs that must be addressed immediately and in the near future to avoid more costly repairs/replacements. Capital projects would be addressed and completed in approximately 2 years.

Is the referendum a result of deferred maintenance?

No, the district has done a good job of maintaining the schools. Some components have been maintained beyond their expected useful life and it’s time to replace them (finishes, casework, painting, doors and hardware).

School District Building Improvement Actions since 2009-10

* ACT 32 Energy Efficient upgrades resulting in lower utility costs.

Purchased Chrome books for every student

New elementary roof

New high school lockers and new 5th and 6th grade lockers

Remodeled Ag and Science classrooms and elementary office

High School Multi-Purpose Room received facelift

New bleachers in high school gym

Refinished high school gym floor

New curtain in high school gym

Upgrades to distance learning lab

Added parking to elementary school

Purchased new playground equipment and basketball hoops

New sound system for elementary, high school, and football field

Resealed high school parking lot

New greenhouse

Repaved track

Painted several classrooms and hallways

How much will it cost? / What is the current mill rate and what will it be with the referendum?

The current mill rate for the 2016-17 school year is $7.73/$1,000 of property value.

Click here to see the Historical Mill Rate Trend

When would the proposed projects be complete?

Projects will begin in Spring 2018 and would continue until the Fall 2018.

Will local contractors be used?

The district has agreed to work with Market & Johnson as Construction Manager on the project. The entire project will be put out to bid in various bid packages to ensure local contractors will get the opportunity to bid. This will keep the bid packages small and allow the district to get the best value for the money spent.

Why should I be concerned about these projects?

Research shows that public school quality is one of the most important determinants of home value. Schools directly affect a community’s vitality and home resale values. The more attractive a community, the more likely people are to live, work and shop there. Strong schools mean strong communities!




District Superintendent - John Humphries - - 715-669-5401 ext. 2020