Supporters and opponents of Winona Area Public Schools’ upcoming facilities referendum went back and forth Monday. School officials met with members of the Save Our Schools Committee of Winona during a 90-minute forum sponsored by the city’s League of Women Voters.
The Save Our Schools group stands firmly opposed to the district’s facilities plan, which calls for the closure of Jefferson and Madison elementary schools, and for the expansion and renovation of W-K and Goodview elementary schools.
Under the plan, Winona Senior High School, Winona Middle School, Rollingstone Community Elementary School and the Winona Area Learning Center would also receive maintenance or construction dollars.
Once in effect, the plan would also save the district $1.1 million annually, likely preventing the need for deeper cuts to programming.
Superintendent Rich Dahman says the plan would set up the district educationally and financially,” though admitting the plan isn’t perfect. He touted the referendum for its ability to modernize both the district’s buildings and educational offerings.
Neither the district nor the grassroots committee members budged from their positions by the end of the forum.