Thinking about going to referendum? The WASB Referendum Resource Center provides a series of WASB resources and links to other organizations to help boards understand the steps that are needed throughout the referendum process. Contact the WASB with any questions.
Note: Please keep in mind that sample materials from Wisconsin school districts are included for demonstration purposes. They should be carefully reviewed and adapted to meet the needs of your district.
Step One—Identify District Needs & Potential Referendum Options
(1-3 years before referendum)
At least one year before going to referendum, a district should clearly identify its needs and explore its referendum options.
Sample Referendum Materials from Wisconsin School Districts
Please keep in mind that sample materials from Wisconsin school districts are included for demonstration purposes and are not necessarily recommended or endorsed by the WASB. When using sample materials from other Wisconsin school districts as an information resource, please keep in mind that such materials should be used as examples only. They should be carefully reviewed and adapted to meet the needs of your district.
Step Five—Ongoing Public Information Effort Continues
(0-3 months before referendum)
Getting the approval of voters for a referendum requires communication and education. Voters need to clearly understand the needs of your district and what is being asked of them, and board members need to know clearly what they can say and do, and what they cannot.
Review communication and engagement efforts from Steps Two and Three