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Governor promotes school funding at Holmen High

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Wisconsin’s governor plays Santa Claus a few weeks before Christmas, traveling the state to announce new funding for public schools. 

Governor Tony Evers included Holmen High School in a whirlwind trip on Thursday, talking about federal money set aside for public education.

“I’m proud to announce that the final number has landed at $110 million for our kids in schools, and will provide more than $130 per student,” Evers said.    

For Holmen, Evers says that works out to more than half-a-million dollars.

“These dollars will drastically help to support the increased mental health needs of our students,” said Holmen superintendent Kristin Mueller. “We will now be able to go outside of our buildings and even help even further outreach to our families in especially accessing counseling and other services they need.”

“We have the opportunity, we have the necessity, to continue to invest in education, to continue to invest in our schools, to invest in our students, because that’s investing in our future,” said State Senator Brad Pfaff of Onalaska, who joined the governor at the Holmen ceremony.

Holmen was the last of four stops Evers made around Wisconsin on Thursday to promote the funding available from federal COVID relief.

The governor said he wanted to use money from the state surplus, but legislators blocked that move.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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