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Chippewa Falls School Board holds off on referendum decision

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW)- Some members of the Chippewa Falls community are pushing for improvements at schools in the district, but the question of when those could be coming is still left unanswered.

After hearing from the Facilities Recommendation Committee at Tuesday night's meeting, the Chippewa Falls School Board decided to push making a final decision on a referendum until the deadline on January 18.

The committee's recommendation is a $167 million referendum to help fix up almost every school in the district, because they say the classrooms are no longer fit for today's way of teaching.

"In these new classrooms at Southview Elementary School, there are areas for independent learning and practicing, for collaboration, for technology integration, and for movement.  New classrooms have more versatile space for adjustments based on learner and content needs," said Sarah Radcliffe, a member of the Facilities Recommendation Committee, at Tuesday's meeting.

Some of the remodeling plans also include upgrading and repairing HVAC units and fire alarm systems in the elementary schools.  Aside from those plans, the recommendation includes building a new high school and moving grades 6-8 in to the current high school.  The current middle school would then be converted to an intermediate school for grades 4 and 5, and offices for the district.  These plans would then allow the district to close two of the oldest elementary schools.

The school board will meet again on January 18 where they will have a public hearing on the possible referendum before making their final decision.  If the board votes yes, the referendum question will on the April ballot.

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