WUHS seeking nearly $10 million for upgrades

A referendum seeking permission to borrow nearly $10 million for upgrades and expansion at Waterford Union High School is among the local matters that will be decided in Tuesday’s election.

Local contests for village boards, town boards and school boards will dominate the ballot.

The lone statewide race on the ballot is for Wisconsin Supreme Court to replace Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who is not seeking re-election. The candidates are current appeals court judges Brian Hagedorn, of Oconomowoc, and Lisa Neubauer, of Racine, who is the current chief judge.

While the race is considered non-partisan, conservatives have generally aligned with Hagedorn and liberals have shown strong support for Neubauer.

In the only areawide election, incumbent District 2 Court of Appeals Judge Mark Gundrum is running unopposed.

Voters throughout Racine County will also decide the winner of a race for circuit court judge in Branch 7. Jon Frederickson, who was appointed late last year by then-Gov. Scott Walker, is challenged by Jamie McClendon, a former public defender who now works in private practice.

In Waterford the ballot features a referendum question looms large.

The actual wording of the referendum is as follows:

“Be it resolved by the School Board of the Waterford Union High School District, Racine and Waukesha Counties, Wisconsin, that there shall be issued, pursuant to Chapter 67, Wisconsin Statutes, General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $9,950,000 for the purpose of paying the costs of remodeling, improvements, upgrades, and expansions to the District’s existing school facility including classroom upgrades; safety upgrades; remodeling and expansion of family consumer science, art and agriculture labs and classrooms; upgrades to technology infrastructure; creation of a technology center; fitness center expansion; addition of outdoor storage and athletic/concession buildings; lighting upgrades; roof replacement; upgrades and replacement of heating and air conditioning components; parking lot and entrance improvements; and equipment acquisition related to said projects. Shall the foregoing resolution of the School Board of the Waterford Union High School District be approved?”

The only contested local race on the ballot is for Village Board trustee in Waterford.

Incumbents Troy McReynolds, Kathy Nargis and Tamara Pollnow are challenged by Pat Goldammer. The top three vote-getters will win the seats.


Local logistics

Voters are advised to contact the clerk in the municipality where they live for information specific to their jurisdiction, including polling places. Voters may also visit myvote.wi.gov to see what’s on the ballot for their respective communities. The site also allows visitors to find their polling place and update their voter information.

Voters may register in person at their respective municipal office until the close of business on Friday or register at the polls on Election Day.

As with all elections since April 2015, voters will need to show an original copy of an acceptable photo ID to vote at their polling place or to cast an in-person absentee ballot at their municipal clerk’s office.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended;
  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card;
  • Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service;
  • A U.S. passport;
  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin;
  • A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance.

For additional information on Wisconsin voter ID visit bringit.wi.gov.

In-person absentee voting in municipal offices is allowed through the close of business on Friday. However voters should check with their local clerks because office hours vary among communities.

Wisconsin does, however, offer uniform voting hours on Election Day with polls opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.