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Election results from official canvass
Madison School District referendum
November 4, 2008

Yes    87,329     68.18%
No     40,748     31.81%

Source: Dane County Clerk's Office

Letter to the community after approval of the referendum

November 11, 2008

Citizens of the Madison School District,

Through your votes on November 4, you overwhelmingly approved the request by the Madison School District to exceed its revenue limits.

We are deeply appreciative and grateful for this positive outcome. On behalf of all Madison School District staff, thank you.

It is very heartening that you, the community, see the value in strong public education and in these difficult economic times have committed your financial support.

Throughout, we've talked about this referendum as a partnership between the community and the schools. For next year, while we will receive more funding for operations via this referendum, we will still be cutting $3 million from next year's budget (see Answer #7 here) .

We also want you to know that we commit to remaining good stewards of the resources that you provide us. As we've stated often leading up to November 4, this referendum allows us to simply maintain what we have -- without further significant reductions.

At the same time, we will involve the community in a significant strategic planning effort during the second semester of this school year. The resulting strategic plan will allow us to prioritize our work and focus on initiatives determined by the plan to be critical.

Once again, we express our appreciation to the community for your support in this important referendum. We continue to welcome your involvement in the important work of educating our children.


Daniel A. Nerad
Madison Metropolitan School District