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Wausau School District hosts tour of schools for Wausau School Board

Story By Georgina Fernandez
Local News Published 09/13/2021 10:23PM, Last Updated 09/14/2021 4:02PM
Wausau - On Monday, the Wausau School District hosted a tour of its schools for members of the Wausau School Board. The goal of the tour was to help board members see problems with the existing facilities and highlight some of the goals the district has in improving the buildings.

A common concern that Lincoln Elementary School Principal Colleen Whooley Jepson addressed was the spacing. Whooley Jepson explained to school board members how the elementary school uses the same space for the school's cafeteria and gymnasium. She says that arrangement makes it difficult to transition quickly from lunch break and gym classes.

Another concern, Whooley Jepson said, was how some of their larger classrooms house multiple classes at once.

"In the title area, I have four teachers in one room and two others that are trying to teach full groups," Whooley Jepson said. "When we are talking about title programs or EL programs, those are the kids that really need to hear what's going on."

An additional area needing improvement, the administration said, is the playground. They say right now the playground is not wheelchair accessible and separates children who need accommodations from their peers.

"It would be so nice to have a handicapped-accessible playground," Whooley Jepson said. "And again, with the blacktop area, it's sometimes really tough with the wheelchairs."

Earlier this year, the community voted no on a $148 million referendum that would have focused on restoring buildings, like Lincoln, across the district. Superintendent Keith Hilts noted today during the tour, however, that the next step in addressing faculty concerns would be pushing forward another referendum in December. 
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