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Onalaska Middle School, High School are high on priority list for building needs, according to district study

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The Onalaska school district may need a referendum to raise money for immediate building needs. 

That’s one conclusion of a report released this week by a facilities task force which has looked at the Onalaska schools. 

The report says the current school budget does not have enough money to address the highest priority needs at the middle and high school, with the middle school’s needs considered urgent enough to justify a bonding referendum. 

A public survey on Onalaska school buildings is suggested. 

The task force report includes 10 recommendations for facility needs. That report says adding the Boys and Girls Club to the middle school “would add great value to the school, local youth, and the community overall.”

Building needs at Onalaska’s elementary schools are not considered urgent, and could be covered within the regular budget process. Improvements are not recommended at this time for the district business office, or for Rider’s Club Road.

To view the full task force report, visit

https://tinyurl.com/OnalaskaTaskForceReport.

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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