DDSD November 2018 Referendum Information

Originally On the Ballot

Ballot Text: Shall the School District of Delavan-Darien, Walworth and Rock Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $2,800,000 per year for four years, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year and ending with the 2022-2023 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of operational costs to reduce class sizes, and support curriculum and instruction?

  • Yes
  • No

What DOES the Operational Referendum cover?

  • Hire 18 staff to reduce class sizes
    • 6 Teachers grades 1st – 5th @ approximately $79,784 with benefits
    • 12 Teachers grades 6th – 12th @ approximately $79,784 with benefits
  • Offer competitive programs to meet state standards
  • Update curriculum materials to meet today’s state standards
  • Open and collateralize a line of credit to provide vital cash flow for ongoing operational needs

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What IS THE Cost?

The school tax is estimated to increase by approximately *$75 per $100,000 of property value for the first year (2019/2020), and is expected to decrease over the next three years.

What will the referendum cost per household?

*Based upon enrollment remaining flat and a 2.8% property increase


Delavan-Darien School District had great marks in Walworth County [LINK TO DISTRICT REPORT CARD PAGE] on the state’s School Report Card ratings for 2018-19. The district’s score of 76.8 shows the schools were “Exceeding Expectations!” The score was a few points away from the highest category of “Significantly Exceeds Expectations.”

Delavan-Darien High  School did increase it's score for the third consecutive year, with a school score of 73.8. That’s higher than numerous surrounding high schools.

The district achieved high scores primarily as a result of high student academic growth in the areas of reading and math at all tested grade levels.

DDSD Points of Pride 2018-2019

  • FULL DAY 4K programming.
  • 13 Advanced Placement Courses offered for College Credit. Including courses in Human Geography & US History for freshmen and sophomores.
  • Low student to teacher ratio.
  • Offer Adventure Education (I & II) as a course due to our high ropes course.
  • Offer a full line of CTE courses, featuring Woods (construction), Metals and Auto Mechanics) in addition to a great Agriculture program.
  • Wrap Around Licensed Daycare in our Early Childhood, 4K and 5K
  • State recognized CLC (Community Learning Center) program supporting our 1st through 4th graders after school in Reading, Math, and Hands-on Science.
  • Award-Winning Music Department (Vocal Music, Instrumental Music & Orchestra).
  • District received Exceeds Expectations score of 76.8 on 2018-19 State Report Card. Meanwhile, Delavan-Darien High School has increased its rating for the 3rd consecutive year and also Exceeds Expectations with a 73.8 score in the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Only Choice Dual Language Program in Walworth County 4K - 6th Grade.
  • Provide a staff that is dedicated to every individual student, working hard to support each individual.
  • Provides Personalized Learning.
  • Variety of athletic offerings in high school.