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Stevens Point school officials ready for referendum vote

A sample ballot in the Stevens Point school referendum.
A sample ballot in the Stevens Point school referendum.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) – As the election runs tomorrow, voters in Stevens Point will decide the school district's future as they vote on a 21 million dollar three year referendum.

Superintendent Steven Johnson says the district has done all it can do at this point to educate the public, and believes they have given the people enough reasons and explanations as to why they need to continue the spending referendum as it is.

This vote would continue the district at a level of spending it's already at, above a state limited revenue cap. Johnson says without this money, the district will be in a several million dollar structural deficit, and have to turn to cutting programs and teachers to make up the difference. The district has already gotten a concession from it's staff and faculty in the form of a one year wage freeze, which will effectively lower their budgets a million dollars a year over the long run.

Johnson says if the voters do turn down this referendum, they'll have to go back to the drawing board and evaluate what they can keep and what they'll have to cut.