3/27/17 – Voters in the Mayville School District will see a $24.5-million-dollar referendum on the April 4 ballot. If approved, classrooms and lab spaces throughout the district would be upgraded and reconfigured for hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math with an emphasis on tech ed, ag studies and manufacturing at the high school; classrooms for band, choir and show choir would be enlarged and auditorium accessibility would also be addressed. In addition, there would be safety and security enhancements including a secure entrance at the high school; capital maintenance and building system improvements of roofs, windows, doors, plumbing, electrical and HVAC along with ADA access changes; and updated high school locker rooms and work out areas. Director of Learning Lee Zarnott says classrooms would be changed dramatically to expand the type of learning and teaching needed in the 21st Century. Zarnott says the refurbishing and updating of current science labs to new technology is very important because none of the labs have been updated since the building was first constructed. Mayville voters previously rejected a $23-million-dollar referendum in the spring of 2015. Superintendent Scott Sabol says one major differences between the referenda is the elimination of a new gymnasium and new performing arts space at the high school. The new referendum includes a renovated auditorium that adds twice the performing arts space currently available. A new gymnasium, meanwhile, is part of long range plans but is not in the current referendum. District officials anticipate a successful referendum would add $2.21 to the current levy of $8.81, costing the owner of a $150-thousand dollar home an extra $331 per year.