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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."

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