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Schools struggle to get money for maintenance

Published On: Apr 08 2013 10:43:21 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 08 2013 10:43:29 AM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

Some Wisconsin school districts have put off maintenance work until leaders fear the buildings may be unsafe.

They point to a boiler failure at an Oshkosh elementary school and gaping holes in the roof at a middle school in Pulaski.

School leaders in Sheboygan are recommending closing an elementary school there because it has deteriorated beyond repair.

And The Wausau Daily Herald reported school administrators are becoming more concerned as the time approaches for the first round of major maintenance on buildings constructed in the 1990s.

Dale Knapp of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says many schools have had to choose between putting money toward repairs or school programs.

He said that with state limits on revenue growth, many districts are now looking to referendums to raise money for repairs.

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