Winona School District to hear from community following failed referendum

The Winona School District is looking at different ways to pay for repairs after an $82-million referendum failed.

School district officials say they will need to make some tough decisions on how to meet the educational needs of students.

School leaders plan to use upcoming school board work sessions to hear from the public about what they want for the schools. The district could present another referendum in the future, but that community outreach will be key.

“If we’re just bringing something to the voters to try something different than what just failed, I think we’re going to end up with a very similar outcome to that. We have to be very strategic about getting input from a wide variety of community members,” said Winona Area Public Schools Superintendent Rich Dahman.

Last night’s referendum was rejected with more than 90-percent of voters opposed. The money would have been used for a new high school gym, as well as renovations and repairs across the district.