OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) Voters got a firsthand look at Oshkosh's Oaklawn Elementary during an open house Wednesday night. For many parents and teachers, it was one last push to rally support for an upcoming referendum.
On April 3rd, voters will be asked to weigh in on a $13 million plan to rebuild the school on its current site. Many feel the building is badly in need of repair. A leaky roof, cramped classrooms and outdated bathrooms are just a few concerns. A previous attempt at a referendum failed, but parents remain positive this plan will be approved by voters.
"This referendum keeps the school in its current location," says concerned parent Liz Lynch. "That's made a huge difference with the people we speak to."
School board member Ben Schneider is not in favor of the proposal. He says enrollment continues to drop in the district. They're facing a $17 million deficit throughout the next 5 years.
If the referendum fails on April 3rd, Oaklawn will be closed for good and students will be bused to other schools.