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Eleva-Strum School District looks to avoid referendum

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Trempealeau County (WQOW) - One area school district is doing its homework as it looks to avoid a second referendum in two years. 

"There's a cost in having outlying buildings," said Eleva-Strum Superintendent Craig Semingson. "There's also some educational benefits of having outlying schools."

Weighing those costs and benefits is exactly what the Eleva-Strum School District is doing.

"This is very preliminary," said Semingson. "A lot can happen over the next year and a half but we want to get our facts together right now so that we can start making some of the hard decisions before April of 2015."

Closing Eleva and Strum elementary schools and moving those students to the middle and high school is one option the district is researching.

"We're still 18 months away from making any kind of decision, but we want to start the process right now of going out to the public asking people what they think the direction of the Eleva-Strum school district should be," said Semingson. 

Declining enrollment and increasing costs is why Eleva-Strum held a referendum in April asking for $600,000 to exceed revenue limits.  Semingson said he is holding out hope that voters won't be faced with another one in the near future.

"We've had declining enrollment for the last ten years up until last year," said Semingson. "So our enrollment went up and has started to climb a little bit. If we continue to see that trend I don't know, maybe there won't be a need for a referendum."

But if there is a need, Semingson said the district won't make any decisions without a lot of community feedback.

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