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District seeks community input on Roosevelt building Monday

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The La Crosse School District is seeking community input Monday night to help determine the fate of the Roosevelt Elementary School building and the rest of the block owned by the district.

Superintendent Randy Nelson said while there's no set plan, the primary goal is to get the building back on the tax roll. That way it could broaden the tax base for the community.

"We are actually utilizing some of our supports we do have at the city and also the county to better understand how to take a property like this, put it out there (and) determine what usages will make real sense," Nelson said.

The district conducted a survey back in 2012, before the school referendum was sent out, asking residents what uses they would support for the Roosevelt building.

Of the people who responded, 61 percent favor a community center. A close second is to build a recreation center. That idea polled 57 percent in favor.

"I'd really like to see this property be used in a way that's consistent with moving our community forward, helping our tax base, and also fitting in nicely with a neighborhood that's been very supportive of our schools," Nelson said.

The Roosevelt building dates back to the 1920s.

Tonight's meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Roosevelt.

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