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PREVIEW: School funding referendums the norm in the Northwoods

NORTHWOODS (WAOW)— Rural school districts continue to struggle to get aid from the state, especially in the Northwoods.

The current formula for receiving aid from the state, benefits some, but most rural districts rely on referendums to continue normal operation.

“I know some school districts that are on a 2 or 3 year cycle for referendums just for operational expenses,” said Kim Kaukl, Wisconsin Rural School Alliance Executive Director.

Last year was a record breaking year for referendums, a trend that continues to go upward. District officials said relying on referendums isn’t sustainable.

“Relying on referendums is not healthy”, Kaukl said.

Wednesday at 10, News 9 digs deeper in to the issues rural school districts in north central Wisconsin face to get state provided funding.

Chase McNamara

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