Winona school preparing to move foward without three buildings

The Winona Area School District is looking towards the future, as the district prepares to close three buildings.

The sale of Madison, Central and Rollingstone Elementary schools was approved last week by the Winona School Board.

Now that the sale is approved, the Winona Area School District will send students to the three remaining elementary schools.

While the district will make nearly $400,000 on the sale of the buildings, it will also save money.

“There’s over 15 million dollars in deferred maintained needs, so the people that are buying the schools in order to use those buildings will need to sink a significant amount of money into those buildings,” said Rich Dahman, Superintendent of Winona Area Public Schools.

The district is planning to have a referendum on the November ballot asking voters for about $10 million to address the needs of the remaining school buildings.

The referendum would address building security, building maintenance and accessibility.