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Recount finds voters approved referendum question for Pulaski Community Schools


PULASKI, WI (WTAQ) - Voters in the Pulaski Community School District approved a referendum question worth nearly $4.4 million dollars for building maintenance and security upgrades. 

A two-day recount of April 2nd ballots found is passed by an even wider, yet slim margin of 10 votes. Canvass results last week found it passed by eight votes, out of more than 6,100 cast for question two.

Superintendent Mel Lightner says the district will be allowed to borrow $4.37 million. 

Lightner says security upgrades were needed at their elementary schools in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. 

Three other referendum questions, worth tens of millions of dollars, failed.  

The district was looking for funding for technology upgrades, new additions, and a new community pool at the high school.   

The new money will also lessen future budget expenses.  But the district is still looking at teacher layoffs, restructuring grades at elementary schools, and a possible grade school closure. 

“With the fact that it passed, it makes those possibilities less likely.”