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Voters Reject School Funding Measures

Voters in 3 school districts across the state rejected funding measures up for a vote on the Feb 18 election. 


Edgar School District in Marathon County and Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua requested operational funding in their referenda. 


Edgar School District asked for $650,000 over three years and lost the vote 530 to 453, according to the Department of Public Instruction.


Lakeland Union High School requested $3.45 million, as the school has operated with a budget deficit for six of the last seven years. Voters rejected the measure, 3,073 to 2,404.


“We have increased needs with our students coming in — special education needs, students that have mental health issues, students that have experienced trauma,” Lakeland Union District Administrator Rob Way said.


A $2.3 million referendum for Grant County’s River Ridge School district failed by a single vote, 331 to 330.


More than fifty school referenda will appear on ballots on April 7. The school districts are asking collectively for more than $1 billion in effort to make up for state funding cuts dating back to 2011.

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