The Linda DeCramer family could easily be the Green Lake School’s poster family for what school officials have been trying to do lately.

DeCramer’s children were home-schooled until two years ago, when they “open-enrolled” into Green Lake School from Princeton.

She emphasized the family could have chosen other schools, such as Berlin or Ripon.

“Green Lake really stood out to us,” DeCramer said.

This was because of several factors, including low class size and high test scores. But most of all, it was their experience while school shopping.

“We saw this really strong community,” DeCramer said, adding the school “has gone above and beyond in creating this beautiful little gem.”

DeCramer is involved with Children First, a pro-referendum group that registered in early February.

The group’s treasurer is Barb Eddy, 426 Walker Ave. Eddy is a special education teacher with the school.

But there are two sides to this story. Referendum supporters are not without resistance.

The February referendum attempt failed by 21 votes. Now, a new citizens’ group with a different view is emerging.

After the original referendum went down and the School Board decided on another attempt Tuesday, April 6, a “vote no” group filed March 11 under the name “Citizens Advocating for Responsible Education” (CARE).

This group filed three weeks after the School Board reduced the dollar amount and the number of years for the April referendum.

CARE’s treasurer is listed as Fred Barke, 382 Palmer Ave.

Both groups have pledged not to spend more than $1,000 or accept $100 or more from any one single source, according to their registration forms.

Numerous attempts to find a public spokesperson for CARE were unsuccessful by press time this week.

The organization, however, placed an ad this week with the Commonwealth, and intends to distribute handouts in addition to a Web site, a member said. See the proposed tax effect and read much more in the March 25 Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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