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Wausau School District plans for future with special task force


WAUSAU (WAOW)--School leaders in Wausau met Thursday night to examine the future of the school district.
In December, the district started a special task force to look at short and long term needs.
The task force consists of parents, teachers, and administrators.

Collin Niemeyer is one of the task force members. He has four children in the district.

"[There's] a lot of different things to look at. I don't think that the kids now are missing out on any thing, "says Niemeyer."  I look at it as a very positive thing. "

Niemeyer says his children receive a good education.
But there's always room for improvement.

Niemeyer: "Could it be better? Sure. Ya know if we had a blank check to add on to every building and knock out walls and make gymnasiums bigger and have all the latest and greatest, that would be great."

But there is no blank check.
In fact, the district is facing a limited budget.

"A phrase we coined is repurposing those dollars," says Kathleen Williams, Superintendent of the Wausau School District. "Trying to shift from some things we've been doing in the past."

But less money isn't stopping the district from planning for the future.
Leaders say they want to work now to move their schools forward.

The task force hopes to present options to the board of education by spring.

Online Reporter: Nate Barrett

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