Referendum Construction Updates

  • On November 6, 2018, Wauwatosa residents voted to approve a $124.9 million facilities referendum to replace four elementary schools built in the early 1900’s and to address prioritized needs at all other District schools (10) in the areas of:

    • Building Maintenance & HVAC Systems Improvements
    • Safety & Security Upgrades
    • ADA Accessibility Upgrades
    • Classroom Updates & Technical Education Labs Upgrades

    Sixty-one percent (61%) or 15,494 of Wauwatosa residents voted in support of the first facilities referendum in the District since 1993, over 25 years ago.

    The Wauwatosa School District will provide monthly updates on referendum construction projects on this page. Updates will be posted toward the end of each month, once the construction begins in the summer of 2019. While links to updates on this page will be shared in the District Newsletter and on District social media channels, we encourage you to bookmark this page and check back often for updates. 

  • April 5, 2020

    McKinley Neighborhood Information Meeting

    In accordance with Governor Evers “Safer At Home” order, we will not be able to conduct our “Meet the Construction Team” in person but invite you to join us virtually. You will still have the opportunity to learn important details regarding the project and ask questions. 

    The meeting will start at 6PM, Wednesday, April 8, 2020.  Attendees will be able to access the meeting via the link below.  Attendees will be muted during the initial presentation but when the time arrives for questions from the community, those that wish to can "raise their hand" by clicking the button in the Zoom app and their audio will be enabled.

  • October 31, 2019 

    Progress continues on both of the new schools currently under construction. At Lincoln, the elevator shaft was completed this month, the walls of the new gym are almost completed and the structural steel is being put in place, which sets the stage for exterior framing.

    At Underwood, we are starting to see a classroom wing take shape with structural steel raised and the elevator masonry walls completed. Site Superintendent Ryan Niegocki made a presentation to Underwood third-graders recently about the construction of the new school, which aligns with the social studies curriculum focus on their city community.  By each grade level, students have adopted a month in which they are providing the construction workers with treats and cards to thank them for building their new school, as a service-learning opportunity. "I think those gestures underscore the students' excitement as we watch our gymnasium start to become enclosed, and the wing with the classrooms start to take shape.  The construction has actually been much less of a disruption to the day-to-day functioning of our school than we anticipated.  It has been a very positive experience for all our students and staff," said Underwood Elementary Principal Jenny Keats.

    Lincoln Elementary October Construction Update

    Underwood Elementary October Construction Update

    Roosevelt Elementary October Construction Update

    East High School October Construction Update


    Underwood's Site Superintendent presenting to third grade students


     July 31, 2019 

    Exciting changes are underway at Lincoln and Underwood Elementary Schools! The first concrete has been poured at each of the sites to create the new buildings' foundations (footings).

    At Lincoln, the foundations for the new building will require an estimated 468 cubic yards of concrete. Sitting atop the foundations will be a concrete slab, commonly referred to in construction as Slab on Grade (S.O.G), that will require an estimated 341 cubic yards of concrete. Together the foundations and Slab on Grade will create the base for the rest of the new building to sit upon. Within the concrete, to strengthen it, steel reinforcing bars will also be set. Steel reinforcing bar is typically measured in tons. The necessary amount of rebar estimated for Lincoln Elementary School is nearly 46 tons!

    Read more about each of our active referendum-funded construction projects by clicking the links below.

    Lincoln Elementary July Construction Update

    Underwood Elementary July Construction Update

    Roosevelt Elementary July Construction Update

    West High School July Construction Update

    East High School  July Construction Update (Includes Non-Referendum Project)


    June 26, 2019

    Click on the links below for the June construction update for each of the five active construction projects we have going on currently. 

     West & Roosevelt Referendum Project Construction Update (PDF)

    Underwood Elementary Construction Update   (PDF)

    Lincoln Elementary Construction Update (PDF)

    East High School Construction Update (PDF)


    June 19, 2019 -- Lincoln Elementary School

    The City of Wauwatosa Design Review Board approved the building design of the new Lincoln Elementary School, with a few landscaping conditions, during its meeting on Thursday, June 6. There were no significant changes to the building design, though the renderings are more refined. As part of the process for obtaining a building permit, the project was also approved by the Plan Commission on June 10 the Wauwatosa Common Council on Tuesday, June 18.

    April 30, 2019 - Underwood Elementary School 

    The Wauwatosa School District has been approved to move forward with its design and plans for the new Underwood Elementary School to be constructed beginning summer of 2019. The City of Wauwatosa Common Council approved the Conditional Use Permit to construct a new school– required for all new construction - on Tuesday, April 16. The City Plan Commission recommended approval with a 7-0 vote and the City Design Review Board has also approved the exterior building design.  Photos of the approved design can be seen below.