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School mergers and possible construction ideas still up for debate by La Crosse school board, as a referendum may be scheduled



Referendum options will be up for debate by the La Crosse school board at its Monday night meeting.

The board will study two potential plans that could be put on the fall ballot, as an alternative to closing any elementary schools.

One option would combine Spence and Emerson schools, ideally at the Hogan Administrative Center site. while the other would move Hintgen students to Spence. In either case, the district has considered placing new buildings at either the Spence or Hogan property.

A decision on closing schools had been anticipated this month, but the district recently said it would continue discussions for a few more weeks, to decide what a November referendum could include, with the aim of trying to avoid building closings.

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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  1. Kevin

    February 19, 2024 at 7:23 am

    So the city and university have decided to sacrifice the Emerson school district to student housing and is going to sacrifice the single family dwellings in those neighborhoods to rental housing. Now this won’t happen immediately, but once Emerson is gone from that neighborhood, all that housing is going to rental housing for UWL students. The building and park will no doubt get sold to the university, and that behemoth of state/federal spending will take over the neighborhoods. Time to consider moving out of Lacrosse.

    • Mitey Mite

      February 19, 2024 at 9:53 am

      Kevin, the school district complains about loss of students, but most of the loss is to surrounding districts, like Onalaska. La Crosse schools in total are an underperforming educational disaster and this constant upheaval from district leadership creates a self fulfilling prophesy of continuing student headcount losses. Your conclusion is logical.

  2. Walden

    February 19, 2024 at 9:48 am

    It looks like instead of “closing schools” the plan is to call it by a different name and “consolidate” them in addition to spending $100 million of additional property taxes to build new schools after closing the old ones. Is this for real?

    Can we please get a superintendent who has some measure of financial responsibility?

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