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La Crosse superintendent Engel on newest referendum plan, school lunch debt, administrator numbers, changing start times



La Crosse School District superintendent, Dr. Aaron Engel, in the WIZM studio for La Crosse Talk PM on March 19, 2024.

School District of La Crosse superintendent, Dr. Aaron Engel, in the WIZM studio Tuesday for La Crosse Talk PM, discussing the newest referendum plan, lunch debt, are there too many administrators and if school starts too early in the day.

La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.

Began the show talking a bit about a huge concert that happened right after the show, but then got into a text question (5:30) on if the school district has too many administrators and is their pay more than what teachers make.

After that, we discussed the school lunch debt situation in the district (11:45) and how it’s ebbed and flowed the past year. We also talked about the state or feds coming in and making school meals free again. The state has a budget surplus of between $4 billion and $7 billion but Engel said that one-time money wouldn’t be ideal for a school meals plan.

But, in terms of using budget surplus money, it would work well in terms of the district trying to update consolidate its building plans.

The second half of the show (20:10) consisted of the La Crosse School Board’s decision to add to the referendum question that’s going on the November ballot to consolidate elementary schools, as well as build a new one at the Hogan Administrative site. The plan to renovate State Road elementary, while closing Emerson, Spence and Hintgen and build a new elementary would cost around $53.5 million — which is about $44 per $100,000 in property value. 

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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  1. LG

    March 20, 2024 at 7:28 am

    I will never understand why this superintendent wants to keep building new schools when the district has budget issues and too many buildings. If you want close schools, go ahead and close schools, but stop proposing building new buildings. He does not make sense. Save money by spending money. Ridiculous.

  2. Allison Pfaff Harris

    March 20, 2024 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Rick, I came across your conversation with Dr. Engel as I’m from the area (Holmen) and work with the Wisconsin Healthy School Meals for All Coalition (https://www.healthyschoolmealsforallwi.org/). If you’re interested in chatting more about the movement in Wisconsin to serve all K-12 students school meals at no cost, please reach out. Best, Allison

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