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Oconto Falls Divided Over $2.2 Million School Referendum

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Oconto Falls Divided Over $2.2 Million School Referendum

By Raquel Lamal. CREATED Aug 11, 2014

 OCONTO FALLS, ,Wis.- Oconto Falls High School athletic director Jerry Moynihan has a vision for young athletes to one day play on their own field.

"This could be the first time that our school owns their own and we don't have to rent from the city," said Moynihan.

The stadium the school rents from the city is falling apart.  The track is deteriorating and it's not wide enough to meet conference regulations.

"We have schools that are not coming to our track meet and we aren't allowed to host the big track meets for the WIAA in our conference," said Moynihan.

The school is asking for $2.2 million referendum to build a new stadium and track behind the high school and make improvements to the parking lot at Abrams Elementary School, but some people feel it's not necessary.

"It's going to cost enough money just to redo what they got and they could just fix what they have," said a man who is opposed to the referendum.

However the coaches say repairs won't cut it.

"Our facility is definitely substandard compared to every other place that we go to," said high school football coach, Jeff Trochil.

School leaders say they're staying hopeful the community will make the right decision heading into tomorrow's election.

Local companies and fundraisers have helped to raise money to build new softball diamonds for the school, but fundraising can't earn enough for a new football field which is why they're pushing for this referendum.