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RF School District gears up for referendum

At its Sept. 20 regular meeting, the school board will take up the topic of a levy referendum, possibly for spring, that basically makes upgrades and improvements for all the local public schools so they remain functional for 30-40 years.

The recommendations for such a referendum were made Monday night, Aug. 30, by the Facilities Committee. They are the culmination of months of study and visits to each school site.

Key aspects of the recommendations: Nine new classrooms for Greenwood Elementary where the K-6 Montessori program would be housed; razing the portable classrooms at Westside and replacing them with permanent ones; tearing down the oldest sections of the River Falls Academy and building a two-story addition.

The referendum's focus at each school has these goals: safety and security; energy efficiency and sustainability; educational programs and space needs; and deferred maintenance and physical accessibility.

School board member Alan Tuchtenhagen voiced his support: "This is stuff we really have to do...What we're doing is shoring up what we've got."

The Sept. 1 print edition of the Journal has the complete story on the likely referendum.

For a thorough rundown of the proposal's scope as it pertains to each school, please click on the link below called, "School District of River Falls Board Facilities Committee Recommendations."

Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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