School District Seeks Community Involvement

By: Karen Kostko
By: Karen Kostko

Balancing the budget is no easy task, and as with almost every government agency these days, it's going to mean some tough decisions. That's why the Wausau School District is asking voters here what they value most.

Over the next few weeks, community meetings are taking place in the Wausau School District, and during those meetings, a list of questions will be asked. One the those questions will be whether or not citizens would support a referendum of up to one and a half million dollars, allowing them to spend more and cut less.

So far, the district has surveyed one hundred people, out those one hundred, eighty percent didn't mind helping schools financially. In the last several years, the Wausau School District has had to reduce its budget by more than six million dollars.

As the number of students enrolling in the district keeps declining, officials say it's not going to get much better.

"These are going to be very challenging times for us and most school districts in Wisconsin," says Wausau superintendent Dr. Charles Skurka.

If passed, the referendum would mean a fifty dollar tax increase for a $100,000 home. The next community meeting is Thursday, December 4 at the Longfellow building.