Students returning to Eau Claire public schools on Tuesday for the start of the academic year may notice a few physical differences in their building, some subtle and others hard to ignore. The school district has completed 17 projects from its 2016 referendum, said schools Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck, and 30 more are currently underway. These projects include roofing repairs to a new, secure main entrance at Memorial High School to a complete overhaul of McKinley Charter School.
After parents voiced concern over equity between school-sponsored graduation parties at North and Memorial high schools, the Eau Claire school district is assembling a committee to comb over how the two bashes are funded. “Instead of having one large equity committee in the district, we’ve taken this approach of having specialized committees,” said Mary Ann Hardebeck, schools superintendent. “This is another opportunity to look more deeply at a situation.”