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Hochgesang Addresses Concerns; Question About Northeast Dubois Referendum (VIDEO)

Dubois (NNDC) – With two weeks remaining before the polls close November 8th in northeast Dubois County… local school superintendent Bill Hochgesang Monday addressed those voters who still have questions and concerns about a referendum to raise money for financially-strapped school corporation.

Hochgesang says the referendum is much more than just raising money…


With the election now just weeks away, Northeast Dubois Schools Superintendent Bill

Hochgesang addressed concerned citizens who still had questions about a proposed referendum that’s on the ballot here in Dubois County.

Hochgesang says the state’s current funding formula and slowly declining enrollment the last eight years has left the school corporation operating a deficit he and the northeast school board says cannot continue with some real drastic cuts… like closing one of the corporation’s elementary schools, specifically, Celestine. Or eliminating extra curricular programs such as band which last week made its first-ever state finals contest.

Hochgesang says the money the referendum will raise will not only maintain the qualify of education northeast schools provide, but also maintain a school corporation that people here have been proud of for generations… (BILL HOCHGESANG ON CAMERA about how the pride of the community and its schools resonate strongly).

Hochgesang himself is a 1983 graduate of Northeast Dubois High School. Several of those in attendance Monday night suggested closing Celestine and adding onto Duibois Elementary would be an alternative they would like to see considered.

In two weeks we’ll know exactly what Northeast Dubois voters want to do.


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