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Size, location under consideration for Onalaska school gyms

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ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) – Voters in Onalaska passed the school district’s referendum earlier this month.

In part, it allows the district to use $16 million to upgrade Northern Hills Elementary. Part of that upgrade includes building a new gym.

Irving Pertzsch Elementary will also get a new gym.

While there are no official plans on the table, building the gyms are a topic of discussion among the district and the community.

The facilities are for the use of students, but they're also used by the community, especially, the Onalaska Parks and Recreation Department.

The newest elementary school gym is at Eagle Bluff Elementary. It’s about 9,300 square feet, according to Larry Dalton, director of finance and business for the Onalaska School District.

The gyms at Northern Hills and Irving Pertzsch are about half that size.

Part of the reconstruction would include making the facilities bigger.

According to Dalton, the school gyms are used constantly by students, athletic teams and the Parks and Rec. Department.

Another consideration is segregating the gyms—building them onto the end of the schools.

"People could use that and be basically gated off from the rest of the school. That's good for not needing custodians as much. That's good for keeping people out of areas they don't need to be in,” Dalton said.

The district plans to put the projects up for bid this August and have them completed by August 2015.
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