Cash-Strapped Wis. Schools Brace for State Budget

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Portage School District next year plans to close two rural elementary schools and a charter school and may lay off or reduce hours for 13 employees to balance its budget for the next three years.

And that's assuming voters pass a $2.6 million operating referendum on April 2, Superintendent Charles Poches said.

Like most other districts in the state, Portage has already switched to a less expensive health insurance plan, frozen salaries, and increased employee contributions for pension and health insurance premiums. Voters also have approved nearly $20 million in higher property taxes in three referendums since 2003.

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