Blair-Taylor school board OKs going to referendum but scraps pool proposal
Jan 18, 2013 (La Crosse Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Blair-Taylor school officials have approved a $17 million referendum to build a new elementary school closer to the high school.
School board members decided Monday to put the referendum question on the April election ballot.
Aging facilities and inefficient design of the current elementary school, built in 1928, prompted the decision to seek help from voters to pay for a new building.
Even remodels wouldn't completely fix some of the school's structural problems, Superintendent Dennis Dervetski said.
"You can remodel all you want," Dervetski said. "A pig's still a pig."
Cracks and leaks plague the elementary school, which also suffers from an outdated heating and ventilation system and a layout that isn't conducive to learning, officials have said.
In the same meeting, board members nixed a proposed $5.5 million referendum for funding a new pool for the school district.
Board to vote today on Cashton referendum
A $12.3 million referendum to pay for additions to Cashton Elementary School rides on a school board vote today, after officials delayed a decision earlier this week whether to send the question to voters.
With more students than ever before, Cashton Elementary is showing signs of crowding. A group of community members recommended plans for a number of school additions, including new classrooms.
Though there seemed to be support for the recommendations at the last board meeting, officials wanted to know whether plans for a new community center should be included in the same referendum question or broken out separately, Superintendent Brad Saron said.
"The board is in total agreement with the community stakeholder group on the scope of the project," Saron said.
The community center would be attached to the elementary school, if approved.
Plans also include a $100,000 recurring referendum -- a permanent addition to the school budget to add staff. Officials will decide today whether to put the request on the April elections ballot.
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