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Mixed results for school funding; Marshfield 'yes', Antigo 'no'


UNDATED (WSAU)  Marshfield voters have said 'yes' to an additional $2.5-million in annual school funding. The measure was approved by a margin of nearly 1,700 votes.

In Antigo, voters rejected a $26-million elementary school, plus funding for additional operating costs. It was rejected by a 2-to-1 margin.

56% of Voters in the Tomorrow River School District approved of an $8.5 million dollar construction plan. The referendum passed by a margin of 1,821 to 1,034. The district will build a new cafeteria and kitchen, new classrooms, new locker rooms, and make several improvements to the property surrounding the district’s Main Street Amherst school building. A similar but more expensive plan failed in April of 2010.

The Franklin School District will get new classrooms and an auditorium for its high school – but it won’t get a new gym for the middle school. Voters approved the high school projects yesterday, but they said no to the gymnasium. The academic facilities got the biggest support among Franklin voters, at 53-percent. The three projects together would have cost $49-million. It was among Wisconsin’s six most expensive school referendums – and counting Franklin, voters said yes to three of them.

The biggest package was in the Middleton-Cross Plains district, where voters said yes by a 2-to-1 margin to almost $60-million for additions and renovations to a pair of middle schools. In Pulaski, 62-percent of voters said no to $33-million in various renovations and technology updates – plus a new athletic complex. 51-percent of Lake Mills voters said yes to a new $19-million elementary school. In East Troy, $17-million for high school renovations was voted down 53-to-47 percent.