Antigo School District Consolidation Question (November 2011)
This measure was defeated (same measures as Bond Measure)
- YES 2,081
- NO 2,137
This measure sought to close seven elementary schools in the district and consolidate the remaining schools into one building. School officials stated that enrollment has been decreasing over time and that consolidating the schools would be more efficient than keeping all the schools open. Noting that approximately 1 million a year could be saved if the schools were consolidated, allowing for additional programs which had been cut from the individual schools. Already the district had closed five schools over the past several years. Three of the proposed schools to be closed are in the city, the other four are in the rural area of the city. Some parents in the rural areas noted that they would not be happy with the schools closing or having their children have to be transported to the new school which would be farther away.
School officials noted that if they are allowed to move all the schools into the city, then it would save money for the district. Currently the bus route covers 540 square miles, if the schools were consolidated then the route would be far shorter and would cut back on bus and fuel costs. School officials also stated that the budget will not support keeping the rural schools open just to have them open, there are not enough funds to continue the district as it is currently set up. The school board noted that they have nothing against the rural schools, they know they are important for the students living there, but they have to look at the district as a whole and the money is just not there to support all the programs and services that are currently offered.