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LA CROSSE, Wis., (March 19, 2024) – In a decisive move during Monday night’s meeting, the School District of La Crosse’s Board of Education reaffirmed its commitment to shaping a positive future for students. Voting to approve capital referendum language as part of the November 2024 ballot, the Board advances the district’s long-range plan.

The proposed $53,500,000 referendum involves building a new school at the Hogan Administrative Center site to merge Emerson and Spence Elementary Schools and removing the current Hogan building. It also includes expanding State Road Elementary School with eight classrooms and a gymnasium to consolidate State Road and Hintgen Elementary Schools. The proposal aims to enhance educational resources and right-size the district, balancing the budget. The cost to taxpayers is estimated at $40 per $100,000 of assessed property value. The Board will hold another vote on the official legal resolution at its next meeting on April 15, with the Board’s intentions remaining consistent.

The consolidation of elementary schools into a new building and addition offers a transformative opportunity to elevate educational outcomes, foster a sense of community and belonging, and inspire a shared vision for the future of learning. By focusing on the positive impacts on students, families, staff, and the broader community, the district can create a dynamic educational environment that prepares students to succeed in an ever-changing world.

Consolidation provides an opportunity to create a unified school culture and identity. By fostering a sense of belonging and pride in these new school communities, students, families, and staff can forge stronger bonds and work together to create a positive and inclusive environment. The referendum also represents a forward-thinking approach to education that prioritizes long-term sustainability and growth.

The Board will hold collaborative discussions with the community to benefit students, staff, and enhance the well-being of neighborhoods and the broader La Crosse community. Details on community engagement will be announced soon.

For more detailed information about the district’s strategic planning process, please visit