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UPDATE: Onalaska referendum passes and other primary race results


ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) - Voters in the Onalaska School District pass all three referendum questions on the ballot Tuesday.

It means the district can move forward with their planned spending of $16 million on additions and remodeling at two elementary schools.
The proposal passed by a 1493-863 majority. 

Plans call for an addition and remodeling project at Northern Hills Elementary.  They also asked for funds to remodel the gymnasium at Irving Pertzsch Elementary for classrooms and build a new gymnasium. 

The district has two additional questions on the ballot to exceed revenue limits for operational and technology expenses. The question on operational expenses passed 1493-863, while the question on technology expenses was approved by a larger 1528-833 margin.

Onalaska Superintendent Fran Finco said there was some concern having three questions could overwhelm voters, but the referendum needed to be divided.

"The fact that these are so different, we felt they needed to be separated," Finco said. "We could have combined question 1 and 2 but when you have a technology only question and you have an operations only question, it ensures that the money that people said they want spent on technology, will just be spent on technology."

Finco said the district worked hard to inform voters about the need for the funds and it's humbling to see the community recognized that need.

In other races Tuesday, Tomah residents chose two people to move on to the April election.  Le Roy Kelsey tallied 285 votes, while Shannon Hough garnered 139.  Jeremy Likely received 94 votes.  

In Trempealeau County, District 5 Supervisor Tom Bice has lost his seat.  He received 46 votes, while his two challengers, Jon Schultz had 61 and Daryl Kramer finished second with 55.  

Three candidates are also running for two spots in the Town of Holland Board Supervisor 4 contest.  Moving on to the April election are Michael Hoffman with 74 votes, and Jay Bratberg with 63.  Bill Faschingbauer had 13 votes.

In the Westby School District, voters chose two people to advance for the #6 At Large school board seat.  Gerald Roethel received 201 votes, with Andrew Lipski coming in second with 100.  Finishing third was Mark Hendrickson, who had 82.

 WXOW.com will have coverage of the election results online as they become available.  We'll also have reaction to the vote on our 10pm Report.

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