West Salem Votes 'No' to Superintendent Retirement Referendum

WEST SALEM, WIS — Voters in West Salem have again delivered a ‘no’ vote for referendum, though sources say there was rampant confusion surrounding the matter.

Troy Gunderson, West Salem’s superintendent who has been with the district for 25 years, announced his retirement Wednesday. Apparently, local voters mistook it for yet another school referendum announcement.

“With it being election season and because we just seem to have one every single time, I guess people were already locked and loaded with those ‘no’ votes,” West Salem resident Latham Mullenberger said.

Officials said the community was so prepared, in fact, emergency polling locations and ballots were created in one and a half hours just for residents to cast their metaphorical ‘Fuck You’s’ to quality education.

“We had a line all the way through town that didn’t end until Silverado’s Saloon,” Mullenberger said. 

In a statement, Gunderson addressed the confusion but said despite the ‘no’ vote, he still plans to retire.

“I just… I just can’t with you people anymore,” Gunderson said.

Reporter Sam Shilts contributed to this article.