Monday, March 19, 2018

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Chippewa Falls referendum information session tonight

CHIPPEWA FALLS — The first of three referendum information sessions for the Chippewa Falls school district will be tonight.

The meetings allow the public to hear about plans for the $65 million referendum, which will go before voters April 3.

The first session is at 6:30 p.m. at Chippewa Falls Middle School, 750 Tropicana Blvd. The other meetings will be noon Monday at the Chippewa County Courthouse, Room No. 3 (lower level), 711 N. Bridge St., and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Stillson Elementary School gymnasium, 17250 Highway J.

Each session is slated to last one hour.

The plans call for buying about 40 acres in the town of Lafayette to build a new elementary school to replace the aging Stillson at a cost of about $22 million. Stillson is the oldest school in the district, with the oldest wing built in the 1930s.

The remainder of the money is to be used for upgrading other schools in the district. The proposed referendum  includes construction and equipping of a classroom addition, capital improvements and repairs, technology upgrades, remodeling and site improvements at the middle school, and construction and equipping of a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) lab addition, capital improvements and repairs and technology upgrades at the high school.

Approving a $65 million referendum would add $125 annually to the tax bill for a $100,000 home. Money would be borrowed and repaid over 22 years.

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