The Rushford-Peterson school district's efforts to secure state funding to help build a new school took a hit recently when local lawmakers said there is little chance for the funding to come through to help with the $29,000,000 proposed project.
The Tri-County Record reports that lawmakers Gene Pelowski, Greg Davids and Jeremy Miller met with Superintendent Chuck Ehlers and advised the district to consider other options, including a possible consolidation with another school district.
The Rushford-Peterson district has concluded that seeking a local property tax increase to fund the project through a referendum is no longer feasible. Voters have turned down earlier referendums.
The district has been seeking ways to upgrade or replace its 106-year-old building in Rushford. A school board -appointed citizen's committee earlier recommended a new K-through-12 building be constructed on property the district owns near its Rushford athletic fields.