Two years after voters supported an 88-million dollar referendum, officials at the Eau Claire Area School District are facing a budget deficit.
They are looking for ways to raise revenue, floating ideas like selling naming rights or forming virtual charter schools. The deficit for the district is estimated at five-point-eight-million dollars. The school board says it has made budget cuts and is lobbying state lawmakers for more aid. The money from the referendum was used to cover teacher pay raises and the hiring of additional staff members.