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Wausau school board reaffirms vote on Stettin project


WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) - Wausau’s school board has again approved a vote on a proposed expansion at Stettin Elementary School.

The board voted 7-2 Monday night against rescinding a previous vote that would approve a $700,000 proposal to add two classrooms to the crowded building. Board member Jane Rusch had come to the board asking for a chance to rescind her vote over concerns that spending fund balance on the project would be a bad move in the long term.

Board vice president Lance Trollop explained to the board that the district should not be simply accruing that fund balance without spending it, and that capital works projects like a school expansion were an appropriate use of that funding. Board member Dale Lawson agreed. "We've been frugal with our funds and the community needs to see that we can do things without our hands held out looking for money."

The board also approved the proposal from SDS Architects from Eau Claire to begin work on the project. In addition to two rooms, the schools' HVAC will be worked on, and a new security system will be added.