RICE LAKE - School officials hope to meet yet this week to discuss their next move after Tuesday night's referendum defeat in Rice Lake.
School district residents rejected a $20.4 million referendum question. It lost by just 61 votes. Superintendent Larry Brown says he's not disappointed in the community, but he says student needs remain.
The proposed renovation and remodeling was aimed at dealing with over-crowded and outdated classrooms. Brown says the school board will probably have to re-prioritize its budget to deal with the most pressing issues.
He says that includes improving security at entrances to several of the schools. As far as the other needs, he says options include trying to find other solutions, or putting another referendum to voters.