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      Voters approve Green Bay school referendum

      GREEN BAY - Voters in Green Bay have approved a $20 million school referendum.It passed 70 percent to 30 percent.The Green Bay Area Public School District will use the funds for major projects at two middle schools and four elementary schools.These projects include replacing heating, ventilation and cooling systems, as well as other repairs.School Board President Brenda Warren says she is "thrilled" and says the repairs are vital to keep schools safe and efficient."Well I think to me it's a message that the broader community realizes the importance of education for vital communities," Warren said.The Brown County Taxpayers Association has another view."That doesn't change our position that we believe bonding for these types of repairs is not the best way for the school district to manage their budgets," said Rod Goldhahn, Brown County Taxpayers Association.School district officials say they hope to find local contractors soon to start on the renovations. The projects could take up to three years to complete.