Survey results show district residents support consolidating middle, high schools – WXOW.com

The results of a survey done earlier this year show a majority of residents in the School District of La Crosse support consolidation of both the middle and high schools while closing some elementary schools.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The results of a survey done earlier this year show a majority of residents in the School District of La Crosse support consolidation of both the middle and high schools while closing some elementary schools. 
The district released details of the survey done regarding its long-range plan in October and November. They were looking for feedback in the face of declining enrollment and increasing maintenance costs for the district’s aging buildings. 
A total of 4,664 responses out of more than 25,000 were sent back to the district. The responses represented a cross section of the population from parents, district staff, and community members with no children in school. 
Overall, 71 percent of respondents said they support the plan to reduce operating costs and improve efficiency in the district. 
More specifically, in regards to consolidation, 79 percent of respondents said they’d support going from three middle schools down to two. 
A smaller number, 55 percent, were in favor of merging Central and Logan into one high school campus. 24 percent said no to the idea while 21 percent weren’t sure or needed more information according to the survey. 
The survey responses showed 42 percent of respondents said they’d prefer one consolidated high school with only 11 percent preferring having two high schools in one building. 
Support was also high, at 70 percent, for reducing the number of elementary schools in the district. 
In a statement Monday morning, Superintendent Dr. Aaron Engel said the results are encouraging. “Our community understands the challenges we are facing with decclining enrollemnt and aging buildings and has given us a clear sign to keep exploring all options to right-size our school district facilities.”
The district will now use the survey results to craft its final long-range facilities plan. When that’s finished, the district said they’ll send out another survey to continue to help shape options for the future use of its facilities. 
You can see the details of the survey results here.  

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