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June 6, 2007

West Bend School Board considers seeking $119 million in referendum

Don Behm:

The West Bend School Board will decide Monday whether to ask voters to spend $119 million in a referendum proposal that would, if approved in November, be the largest to pass in state history.

West Bend has not built a new school since the 1969 construction of its twin high schools at the same site, and the growing district needs to replace a few schools and provide more space for students and educational programs, said School Board President Charlie Hillman. The district serves about 7,000 students and is the 19th largest in the state.

The original piece of the district's oldest school, Jackson Elementary, was built in 1894, and there is no room on the site for further expansion, school officials have said.

"It is time to take care of our problems," Hillman said. "We will ask the voters if this is worthwhile."

Posted by Jim Zellmer at June 6, 2007 12:26 AM
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