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La Crosse School Board needs more time to work out fall referendum question



Voters in the La Crosse school district could have more than one issue to decide, the next time there’s a school referendum on the ballot.

Board members want more time to consider adding to the proposed referendum for November, or possibly putting two questions on the ballot in the same election. The board debated on Monday whether other options should be brought to voters this fall, or if they should be discussed as items to consider if the referendum is defeated. Last month, the board voted to have a referendum on whether to combine Emerson and Spence schools in one building on the Hogan building property.

Members want to have language for a referendum settled before the April election, because three current board members are retiring next month.

The merger plan is expected to go to referendum in November. It was an alternative to the idea of trying to close at least one elementary school at the end of this class year.

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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