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Edgar school referendum; money for renovations

By Heather Sawaski

EDGAR (WAOW) -- School leaders in Edgar are asking residents for $7.6 million for some major building renovations. It's a referendum up for vote Tuesday.

Right now, leaders say overcrowding is a big problem in the K through 12 school. That's why they want to add more classrooms for elementary and special education students.

Also, the west gymnasium is in need of repairs. It was built in the 1950's. Leaders want to convert it into an auditorium for performances, so the band can move to a converted cafeteria, and the choir can move into the current band room.

Right now, leaders say overcrowding is a big problem in the K through 12 school.

That's why they also want to add more classrooms for elementary and special education students.

"Our band, choir, and drama departments are exploding," said District Administrator Mark Lacke. "For a school of 225 kids, we've got almost a hundred in the high school band. We've got 80 some in the choir. They're just in rooms that were not meant for them."

If the referendum passes, leaders hope to start construction this summer. It'll take about 2 years to complete.

Online Reporter: Heather Sawaski

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