LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW)-- When the new Northside Elementary School opens its doors next school year, it will house students who used to attend Franklin Elementary and Roosevelt. Now, the district is trying to decide what to do with the Roosevelt building and property.
So Monday night, the district held a public meeting to get community input. Suggestions ranged from senior housing to condos to a community center. Attendees were mixed on whether or not to keep the existing building, constructed in the 1920s, or building something new. One woman suggested a combination of senior housing and community center so kids could interact with the older generation.
About 30 people attended the public meeting to throw out their ideas. School board members and superintendent were on hand to hear those suggestions.
"It's their neighborhood and we want it to be something that they're proud of, something that they can live with," said Connie L. Troyanek, the president of the La Crosse school board."It's a beautiful building and the biggest thing is to get it on the tax rolls so that help everyone in the city of La Crosse."
Troyanek says the school board will review the suggestions from the meeting and ultimately it will be up to the school board to make a final decision. Troyanek says she'd like a decision made before the new elementary school opens in the fall.
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