After the bond referendum was struck down by voters, Winona Area Public school board members said they would soon begin working on a Plan B intended to solve the district’s facilities and financial issues in a more popular way.
Superintendent Rich Dahman said the district is planning a public outreach effort that could include community surveys, public listening sessions and private meetings with parents and community groups.
Board members could bring a referendum to voters as early as next spring, but could also forego a referendum and vote to close elementary schools on its own volition.
Some board members say they’re reluctant to close schools without the approval of voters.
Jeanne Nelson supported the facilities plan outlined in the referendum and said it’s too early for her to consider the viability of other plans.
She said the board must act quickly, however, with crucial budget decisions looming.
She says, “Even though the referendum wasn’t successful … I’m pleased that this board has pushed the community to seriously look at our schools,” she added. “Past boards haven’t been willing to go this far, but now is the time to seek a resolution.”