West Salem residents said no to building a new middle school and yes to extra funding for the next school year.
The first referendum question, which asked residents to borrow $32 million to build a new middle school, was voted down 1,539 to 1,188. The second question, which asked residents to decide to exceed the state’s revenue cap by $500,000 was approved 1,613 to 1,108 Tuesday night.
The current middle school is only about 30 years old. West Salem School District Superintendent Troy Gunderson said the if the referendum passed, the district planned to lease out the current middle school to groups like the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater La Crosse Area and the West Salem Hockey Association.