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Big changes coming to Antigo School District


The Antigo School District will see some big changes. But, after the election it'll take a little longer to figure them out.

The district asked voters to approve a tax increase. That money would have paid for a new $24 million elementary school. The district would have then closed all 7 elementary schools and moved the students to a new location.

"We were looking at trying to consolidate and save taxpayers some dollars," District Administrator Steve Smolek said.

But now, after roughly 2,000 people voted "no", that's not happening.

"Despite the results, the issues are still there," Smolek said.

So what happens next? School board leaders say they have a "Plan B". The new plan would close four rural elementary schools,  moving kindergarten through 3rd grade students to the city elementary schools. 4th through 7th graders would move to the middle school. And 8th graders would head to the high school. But, district leaders say nothing is set in stone yet.

"The board needs to look at that and talk about what those next steps are," Smolek explained.

Officials say, while they're disappointed with the results,  they understand the other side.

"The Antigo and Langlade area is very divided between people that have the funds and people that don't," School Board President Roseann Hoffman said.

The school board plans to meet this week to discuss the new plan. But, no matter what, something has to happen by the start of the next school year.

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