During the next few months, members of the Rice Lake School Board will be trying to figure out why a 20-year, $29.5 million referendum failed in their district.
Nearly two-thirds of the voters decided against it Tuesday night.
The money would have gone toward fixing leaks and mechanical issues at the energy plant, which heats nearly 400,000 square feet of the district's buildings.
Some elementary schools would have been maintained and classrooms expanded.
The district's business manager says there's no way to solve the problems without public support.