Oshkosh referendum critics meet school leaders

Posted at 5:18 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 09:00:23-05

OSHKOSH, Wis.- A $28 million referendum for the Oshkosh School District has some in the community upset.  The "Vote No' Facebook group called a meeting with school district leaders Wednesday to discuss why they say this referendum is a waste of tax payer dollars.  However, school leaders say without the financial help their children's education will suffer.

Jim LeClaire is the administrator for the "Vote No" Facebook page.  He doesn't agree with the $28 million the district is asking for.
"Another referendum isn't going to solve whatever problems that they're having, there's other issues that they have to resolve," said LeClaire.
The Oshkosh School District is asking for the referendum this year.  The last referendum passed 2 years ago and they say they'll be back again in another 2 years if state aid stays stagnant,  They say they're choosing to ask for smaller amounts more often instead of a lot all at once.
"We're not taking advantage in advance of the taxpayer by collecting more dollars sooner than we absolutely need them," said Oshkosh School Superintendent, Stan Mack.
Mack says if the referendum is voted down, teachers and programs will be cut, sports teams will be combined and educational opportunities will dwindle, but LeClaire isn't buying it.
"In July when they actually get the state aid numbers we'll know if something is actually going to happen, but there still are other things to cut," said LeClaire.
The referendum goes to vote on April 5.