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Eau Claire School Board takes final vote on referendum

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Eau Claire School District says improvements are needed at a number of schools, but it needs the voter's approval. Is it worth it? That's a question voters in the Eau Claire school district will be asking themselves this April. 

Monday, the school board gave final approval to a referendum. It'll now be up to the voters April 5 if the district will get what it's asking for.

Eau Claire voters will see two questions on this April's ballot, for a total of just under $56 million.

The first: For improvements to Robbins, Sherman, and Putnam Heights elementary schools and DeLong Middle School. The district will ask for $51.85 million. The second question: To buy the Epiphany Lutheran school building for an early learning center for $3.9 million.

Now that the questions are approved and the preliminary plans for the building projects have been drawn up, it's up to the district to keep informing the public.

"I think in most things that people are asked to state a political opinion on, that usually information is the greatest obstacle. Whether it's for candidates running for office or for issues such as this," says Eau Claire Superintendent Dr. Ron Heilmann.

The district will put on three public forums in the next eight weeks for voters to get more information.

The first will be held this Thursday, February 10, at South Middle School at 6 p.m.

The second will be held Wednesday, February 23, at Northstar Middle School at 6 p.m.

The third will be held at DeLong Middle School on March 29, at 6 p.m. As we first told you last week, the district can spend up to $56 million without an increase to property taxes.

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