For the third time in 10 years, the La Crosse School
District will ask for money from taxpayers..
The amount of money won't change from the past five
years, keeping taxes steady - but without that continuation
of funds, administrators say students will be the
ones to suffer.
News 8's Leah Linscheid joins us in the studio with
When the referendum was first announced back in December,
we showed you how its failure would impact class sizes
for La Crosse kids, and how it would affect technology
in the classroom, too.
Today, school officials also addressed the potential
for cutting curriculum - meaning without this continuation
in funding, some of the school district's more interesting
or eclectic classes, could be dropped.
Entering Shu Li's classroom is like walking into another
I have five classes, about ninety students, so it's
Her Chinese classes at Central High School fill up
It's fascinating to them, because it's different.
We've got a host of world languages that we're proud
of in this school district.
Each one of those world language classes, along with
La Crosse's other more unique curriculum options,
could be on the chopping block.
Those eclectic offerings come at a price.
The school district announced its plans to hold another
referendum vote more than three months ago.
Today, administrators held a press conference to
reiterate just what's at stake.
We just want to make sure the public is very much
aware, that a failed referendum will have deep and
lasting impacts in the school district of La Crosse.
The district is asking for a continuation of its current
4-million dollar referendum - money that would go
toward school programs and staff, building maintenance,
and technology in the classroom.
Without that money, the district's diverse curriculum
could take a hit.
We have to take a look at our full portfolio of course
and program offerings and make the best decision in
terms of what we're going to be offering, depending
on which direction the referendum goes.
It's such an important language.
Everything is on the table.
I asked school administrators whether this will ultimately
become the never-ending referendum - if, in five years,
they'll ask residents again to continue the funding.
They say it's very possible that they'll ask for a
continuation, or even more money, later down the road
- unless some funding changes are made at the state
The school district will hold two public meetings
to answer questions on the referendum.
The first will be March 15-th at Logan High, and the
second on March 20-th at the Hogan Administrative