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District reacts to referendum approval

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—La Crosse voters approved the school district's referendum.

The nearly $16 million referendum passed with a 67 to 33 percentage vote.

It means an additional $25 a year on a $100,000 home.

The district will use that money to build a new Northside Elementary School on current Franklin Elementary site.

"I think it would be an understatement to say we're excited," Randy Nelson, School District of La Crosse Superintendent said.

"I'm ecstatic, I could not be happier," Laura Huber, Northside Principal said.

District officials are excited about being able to serve students, and the community, more effectively by combining Franklin and Roosevelt Elementary Schools, the two north side campuses.

"We have a challenge for families in terms of parts of their family are in one building another part in the other building," Huber said. "We also lose the benefit of our kindergartners learning from our fifth graders and fifth graders learning how to be good helpers for our little ones."

Huber said she is also excited about is closing the gap between the two Northside Elementary Schools. She said building one school on the current Franklin site will create a better sense of community.

"I'm so excited that voters are investing in our children and recognize the great future they have," Huber said.

The next step for the district is to hire an architect and pick a design for the new school.

"I'm looking forward to a school that's bright, full of good color, good sunlight for our students," Nelson said.

Nelson said they also need to decide what to do with students while the new school is under construction.

One option is to keep the existing school in place and build the new school in a different place on the land, they would tear the old building down once the new is complete.

"If that's not possible we may have to resort to some portable classrooms to bring us through that construction period," Nelson said.

They'll know more after talking to architects.

Another decision to make is what to do with the current Roosevelt campus after students move to the new school.

The district is seeking the publics input; a few ideas they're considering are turning it into a senior or community center, daycare facility or selling it to be developed.

They're hoping to break ground on the new school this spring, with hopes of students starting the 2014 school year off in the new building.

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