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La Crosse School Board ready to discuss promotion of November referendum to merge some elementary schools



Now that the La Crosse school district has planned a building referendum for the fall election, the school board is looking at ways to inform the voters about the plans.

At Monday night’s La Crosse school board meeting, members are scheduled to talk about “community engagement” leading up to the November election.

The board intends to ask taxpayers to approve a new school building at the old Hogan school site.

Students from Emerson and Spence Schools would be moved to that new school. The same referendum also would call for a consolidation of State Road and Hintgen Schools.

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. Walden

    May 6, 2024 at 2:33 pm

    The answer is “NO”

  2. LG

    May 6, 2024 at 6:04 pm

    Hmm….. Let’s take a moment to think about this.

    The School District of La Crosse has an operation budget deficit AND too many school buildings. These two major issues have made it necessary to consolidate/reduce the number of school buildings within the district.

    A new building does not solve the operation budget deficit and constructing a brand new building does not solve the problem of having too many school buildings. Spending $54 million on a new building to save $2 million not only does not make sense, it is fiscally irresponsible. A shiny new building will certainly make Dr. Engel look good as he pursues his career goals, but it will do nothing to educate our children, will not solve the operational budget deficit, and higher taxes are likely to increase the districts problem with declining enrollment.

    The correct vote for this November referendum is “No” and for the school board to stand up against the scourge of Dr. Aaron Engel.

    • Walden

      May 7, 2024 at 7:15 pm

      LG, What leads you to believe the District has a revenue problem? Just because they say so?

      These people have lied and provided no transparency from the beginning of the discussion over a year ago.

      • LG

        May 8, 2024 at 9:32 pm

        Interesting question on your part and point taken.

        However, I do believe they have an operational budget deficit. Juan Jimenez, every time he goes on the air, concerns himself with saving teacher jobs, not with educating our children. That falls under the operational budget. Never does he concerned himself with the cost to taxpayers. Also, $2 million is a drop in the bucket compared to $54 million to build a new elementary school, and of course the ridiculously expensive $200 million referendum question that failed soundly. It’s easy For government run systems to fall $2 million into debt and par for the course. Therefore, I believe the number. Thanks for the question though and again, point taken. Always wise to question a government entities numbers.

  3. Anti Engle

    May 6, 2024 at 8:25 pm

    I walked through Longfellow the other day and to see the girls has no locker room as it had to be reconverted to a workout room. Longfellow was to ready for the increase in kids. And if Engel name is on any of this I will continue to vote against him. He is a two faced puppet that has no answers when asked. Please as a community we need to vote this NO.

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