The Onalaska School District's referendum
vote is right around the corner.
Today we toured two of the
elementary schools that would be effected.
They showed some of possible changes the schools
would make if the referendum were to pass.
Kyle joins us now in the studio with more.
Mark and Lisa...There are 3
parts to the Onalasaka referendum.
The superintendent took me to Irving
Pearch and Northern Hills Elementary Schools today.
These schools would be the two remodeled
if the third part of the referendum passes.
But the remodel isn't the only
place the district is asking for help.
On February 18th Onalaska's referendum will
be the only item on the ballot.
And the district will be asking for help in three areas.
Were at the end of an operations referendum that was passed
in 2011 that gave us extra money to run the schools.
So we either need to ask the community for more money
or we need to cut 2 milllion out of our budget.
In 2002 they were forced to
cut just more than one million dollars.
and lost 27 positions.
The first part of the
referendum would avoid those tough cuts.
Part two funds new technology.
an area the district has been lacking.
it hasn't been enough over the last 4 or 5 years.
We continue to go backwards we continue to go backwards.
The third is funding to make changes
at Northern Hills and Irving Pertzsch elementary.
first we would just have to add a lot more
space, were at capacity and we're crowded in a few areas.
and we just need to add more classrooms, and redesign our
kitchen, our cafeteria those would be some of the big ones.
At Northern Hills classes are
stacked on top on one another.
we have several classrooms right now where
you have to walk through one if
not two different classrooms to get to those spaces
And the kitchen and lunchroom is actually in the hallway.
all of our food is prepared at
our central kitchen and then brought over here.
we would just like to have the ability to
do our food prep here in the building it
certainly saves cost from transporting food back and forth
arcitecture doesnt fix everything but it gets you
in the right direction to make sure we
meet the needs of all of our students
The superintendent told me that if all
three parts of the referendum pass .
taxes will go up about 65
dollars on a 100-thousand dollar home.
If you have any questions about this
referendum there are two open house dates.
Both Irving Pertzsch and Northern Hills elementary will
host an open house thursday and saturday this week.