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Freedom School District referendum fails to pass

FREEDOM, Wis. (WFRV) - Both parts of the Freedom School District Referendum failed Tuesday night.

The first part of the referendum as for $67 million to make improvements throughout the district, including building a new high school. The district planned on constructing the new high school on land acquired by the school in a referendum vote in 2006.

That question failed with 1,055 yes votes, and 1,811 votes no.

The second question in the referendum asked for money to help operate the school over the next five years.

That vote also failed to pass, with 988 yes votes and 1,870 votes no.

"We were certainly disappointed by the referendum results," said Maggie Gagnon, the Director of Business Services for the school district.  "We really felt that this was the right solution, and if it didn't pass, that we weren't going to bring them another solution in the near future."

Fawn Thompson, a resident in Freedom for 16 years, has several kids in the school system. Although she understands the reasons why the referendum didn't pass, she hopes the school can still advance in the right direction. 

"Our education of our children is very important, and I think a newer school with newer technology would be beneficial."

The district says they will still work to find funding to better secure school entrances, some classroom projects, and enhance the elementary drop off area within the normal school budget.

Passed referendum or not, the school district is appreciative of the help from the community.

 


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