Wausau School Board Ask Community for Help in Deciding on Future of Elementary Schools

The Wausau school Board is asking for your help in deciding what to with the district's elementary schools.

They've come up with four different proposals to help solve the problems of overcrowding and just plain building wear and tear. The proposals range from keeping all the current schools to closing four buildings and renovating five others. Each proposal will cost tax payers millions.

The first, and cheapest, option is to re-draw school boundaries. This option would leave all of the current elementary school open with minor renovations. The total for option one comes in near $12.1 million.

Option number two is slightly more expensive with an estimated price tag of $17.8 million. This option would close A.C. Kiefer Educational Center and build additions at Stettin, Riverview, Hawthorn Hills, G.D. Jones, Jefferson, Franklin and Lincoln elementary schools.

The third option is close A.C. Kiefer and Lincoln Elementary Schools and add on to Stettin, Riverview and Hawthorn Hills Elementary Schools. Plus, option three would build a new school on the Grant Elementary School site. Option three could cost up to $30.5 million.

The final option has an estimated price tag of $48.4 million. Option four would close A.C. Kiefer, Lincoln, Hewitt-Texas and Grant Elementary schools while adding on to Stettin, Riverview, Hawthorn Hills, G.D. Jones and Jefferson elementary schools. A new school would also be built on the site of Marshall Elementary School.

"On one side we just changed the boundaries and put about $12 million dollars into our schools just to keep them running," Wausau School Board Vice Presidetn Lance Trollop tells NewsChannel 7. "On the other side, we've got a bunch of remodel and new schools and closings and that's a cost of about $40 million or more. Then we've got the ones in the middle that are just not quite as expensive as the one on the one side, but more expensive than just changing boundaries."

The board will be taking a public survey and holding open comment on the proposals. No changes will happen anytime soon.

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