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 will 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 Will It Cost?

If approved, 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 top marks in Walworth County [LINK TO DISTRICT REPORT CARD PAGE] on the state’s School Report Card ratings for 2016-17. The district’s score of 82.3 shows the schools were “Exceeding Expectations!” The score was less than a single point away from the highest category of “Significantly Exceeds Expectations.”

Phoenix Middle School did achieve the highest category ranking, with a school score of 85.0. That’s the top score in the county among traditional grades 6-8 middle 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.

Delavan-Darien Exceeding Expectations

DDSD Points of Pride 2017-2018

  • Wrap Around Licensed Daycare in our Early Childhood, 4K and 5K
  • 16 Advanced Placement Courses offered for College Credit
  • Only Choice Dual Language Program in Walworth County 4K-5th
  • Wisconsin School Psychologist of the Year Winner
  • Stat recognized Community Learning Center program supporting our 1st through 4th graders after school in Reading, Math, and Hands-on Science
  • Award-Winning Music Department
  • State runner up for Boys' Soccer in 2017-2018
  • District received Exceeds Expectations on 2017-18 State Report Card and Phoenix Middle School ~ Significantly Exceeds Expectations in 2017-2018
  • 1 of 600 Schools Nationwide Awarded Gold Standard School Finance Program