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LA CROSSE, Wis., (August 23, 2022) – The School District of La Crosse has released a more detailed preliminary budget analysis for the projects being proposed for the upcoming November referendum.

The core structure of the former Trane headquarters building is in good condition and capable of adding a third floor on the south end. While the renovation will be comprehensive to include new electrical, HVAC, roofing, windows, etc., the reuse of the existing building lowers the total cost of the project by an estimated $30 million.

The vast majority of the cost of the project will be to fund the construction of the new high school. The existing high schools are in great shape and very well suited to accommodate middle school students. While funds are allocated for middle school renovation, those costs are minimal. A more detailed breakdown of costs can be found below.

Building a new, consolidated high school and moving grades 6-8 into the existing high schools will provide the educational, elective, athletics, arts, and extracurricular opportunities in environments our 6-12 students deserve to prepare them for the future.

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