Community members share concerns at La Crosse School District informational meeting
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The La Crosse School District continued to gather feedback from community members about the possibility of a consolidated high school.
The school district says enrollment is declining and buildings are aging.
Superintendent Aaron Engel has proposed building one new high school on the site of the old Trane Technologies office building on Pammel Creek Road.
At a meeting Tuesday night, some community members expressed concerns that consolidating high schools could reduce some student opportunities.
“I don’t think it’s necessarily bad that we’re the smallest district to have two high schools,” Jay Lokken, a La Crosse resident and graduate of Logan High School, said. “High school’s a tough time, and I think having two high schools leaves more opportunities for two football teams, two show choirs, and more opportunities for kids.”
The school district is mailing out facility surveys to residents soon.
The cost of the proposed consolidation plan is nearly $195 million, which would increase property taxes by roughly $8 for every $100,000 of property value.
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