District Officials React to Passed School Referendum Submitted: 02/20/2013
Story By Ryan Abney

NORTHWOODS - Yesterday, the Northwoods said "yes" to three school referendums. We talked to district leaders to see how they'll use the money going forward.

Referenda for Rhinelander, Three Lakes and Northland Pines passed last night. The vote secures millions of dollars for the districts.The Northland Pines School District asked for $2.7 million per year through 2016.

District Administrator Mike Richie is glad to see ballot numbers so one-sided.

"All nine townships in the city of Eagle River--they all voted in support of both questions. That's the first time in our school history where we had support from our entire district."

Rhinelander Superintendent Roger Erdahl has seen the district struggle financially for the past decade. He's thankful for his supporters--but knows even people who disagree will make the district better.

"Our critics are an important voice. We want them to be a part of our conversation, to be at the table as we design a school district that everyone can support."

Three Lakes also passed their school referendum. They will receive $2.34 million per year through 2018.

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