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Five referenda approved Tuesday night in four school districts


Western Wisconsin (WQOW) - For four school districts, Tuesday night's election results meant dollars in the bank to support a number of projects.  Five ballot questions were given the green light from voters for projects ranging from school upgrades to operational costs.

For the Eleva-Strum School District, Tuesday night's vote was a sigh of relief. Voters gave the green light to exceed revenue limits by $600,000 over the next two years. The money will be used to fund programs currently in place. We spoke with superintendent Craig Semingson on the phone Tuesday night about the results, and what's next for the district.

"Our plan is to survey the public, the citizens here in Eleva-Strum, and see what direction they want us to go in the future. This referendum was for two years, and in 2 years we'll go back to referendum and it'll either be for a building site project or it might be again just to exceed revenue limits to continue on for a couple more years," says Semingson.

In Menomonie, voters approved $36 million in spending through two questions. The first: for $25 million for school maintenance which includes keeping Downsville Elementary school open and improving security at River Heights and Menomonie High School. That passed 62 to 38 percent.  Menomonie voters also gave the go-ahead for $11 million to make renovations to the high school, specifically on the gym.

In Prairie Farm, voters gave the approval to exceed the revenue limits by half a million dollars over the next two years. And in Lake Holcombe, voters approved $675,000 dollars a year for the next three years to pay for operational costs to keep the district running. The superintendent says the plan going forward is nothing more than the idea they can pay their bills and function as a school for the next three years.

There were two other referenda from western Wisconsin that we tracked last night, one in Owen-Withee and another in Arcadia. Both of those ballot proposals failed.

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