Building Community. Honoring Traditions.
On April 5, voters in the Menominee Indian School District will be asked to
decide on a $35 million school referendum to construct a new Menominee
Indian High School, convert the existing high school to a middle school,
make improvements to Keshena Primary School and purchase equipment
related to the projects.

What do you need to know about the referendum?
Careful Consideration
For nearly five years, the School Board and MISD leaders have studied
facility needs in the district. Enrollment is growing at all schools. In addition,
the schools do not have the space to meet changing and evolving
educational and technology requirements. In the case of MIMS, the school
property is landlocked, so there is no room for expansion.
The Board has been working with financial and construction consultants to
develop a master facility plan while evaluating options and cost estimates.
Subsequently, the Board voted to move forward with the facility plan and
the referendum.

One Purpose. One Campus.
In addition to improving facilities for students and the community, having
one educational campus with all three schools in Keshena offers many
advantages, including: shared staff and resources; reduced transportation
costs; enhanced, focused security; improved access to health services and
centralized special education services will be more efficient and effective
for staff and students.

Land Swap
Plans call for the new MIHS to be built on a 40-acre parcel off Warrington
Rd. behind the Save-A-Lot. In exchange for the land, which is currently
owned by the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin (MITW), the Tribe will
receive the existing MIMS building in Neopit after that school moves to the current MIHS. In January 2022, the Menominee Tribal Legislature unanimously approved the land swap concept and details are now being worked out between the two entities.

History. Environment. Culture. Education.
The new MIHS will encompass all of this and more.
The proposed 110,000 sq. ft. facility design will be culturally relevant, connecting
nature, learning and the community. It will be constructed using natural, sustainable
materials, providing an abundance of light and open spaces for collaboration and hands-on, project-based learning. Additionally, the school will be designed to become a community resource and gathering point, with a welcoming commons area and a multi-purpose community room that will be used by students, families and the community alike.

Financial Impact
If approved, the financial impact of the referendum for a property taxpayer would be approximately $2.99 per thousand of equalized value of their home.