Onalaska, Wisconsin (WXOW) ---- A growing city population has put new pressure on the Onalaska School District to meet the needs of more students. The district is considering a two million dollar referendum to update or build a new school.
The district hired "School Perceptions" a survey company whose job was to find out how satisfied residents are with the Onalaska school district and if they would potentially vote in favor of building and remodeling..almost three quarters said they would support building upgrades.
75 percent of parents said they would support upgrades in technology. 68 percent surveyed said they believe the quality of the district affects home values and that they would support a tax increase.
Most of the focus of the referendum would be on additional operating revenue and northern hills elementary - whether to upgrade or tear it down. Superintendent Fran Finco says the results are good all around. "It's great. For people to be satisfied with the academic program...which is our number one job... to help kids learn ...and then be fiscally responsible."
The company doing the survey said they look for patterns within the comment section of the survey and they found that residents said they wanted the district to make decisions that would benefit the community 10 years down the road.
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