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Phillips School District Asking for ReferendumSubmitted: 03/24/2013

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PHILLIPS - We're keeping you updated on school district referendums around the Northwoods. Tonight we'll tell you why the School District of Phillips is asking for more money. They have a referendum on the ballot for April second.

The referendum will ask for not more than $650,000 for five years, for operations within the district.

The Phillips School District says its responded to declining enrollment and lessening state aid by making its own cuts. That includes eliminating staff, changing health and retirement benefits, and starting energy savings projects.

"We've cut everything that we possibly can. So it's really not a cliché when we say that reductions would be devastating. We have departments with only one individual in it. If we were to reduce staff it means we're reducing programming," says Superintendent Wally Leipart.

Without the extra money the district would have to eliminate $500,000 from the budget next year, and another $200,000 each of the next four years.

For taxpayers, approving the referendum means five dollars a month, for a property valued at $100,000.

"We look at the extracurricular activities as being cut. I think some of the core programs will be impacted as well. A lot of the core stuff that you need to get into college may not be available," says Phyllis Frase, from Parents Advocating 4 Successful Schools.

There will be one last informational meeting Tuesday, March 26th at 6 PM in the middle school library. For more information please see the link below.

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