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School Board wants to know why referendum failed

Dec. 2, 2010

A month after 54 percent of voters turned down a $34 million referendum for elementary school consolidation and renovation, the Muskego-Norway School Board decided last night to find out why.

Board members said they want to know if voters just didn't like the plan or if other factors came into play, such as the poor economy or the political climate of smaller government and decreased spending.

It is important to find that out, School Board President Jim Schaefer said, because the needs have not changed.

Meeting with the study team that developed the elementary school plan, the School Board last night said that one of the concerns with the plan could have been how it affected town of Norway residents. The board plans to further explore that aspect.

To do that - and to find out generally why people voted against the referendum - the School Board will hold two focus groups, one in Norway and the other in Muskego. The board also decided to conduct a postcard survey of voters who cast ballots in the November election. Both of the initiatives will launch in January.

The goal is to have feedback for the Jan. 24 School Board meeting.

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