For years the Burlington Area School District has been able to avoid what many other school district in the state haven’t – going to a referendum to seek funds to cover operational expenses.

That string of avoidance may come to an end this year, however, as district officials seek a way to slay a $2 million budget deficit.

Coverage of the challenge facing the district is among the top stories in this week’s Burlington Standard Press.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s Standard Press:


IT’S FAIR TIME: The Racine County opens July 27 and runs through July 31 at the fairgrounds in Union Grove. See the full schedule of events and activities in the special section included with this edition.


AQUATIC CENTER THRIVES: Although summer still has long way to go, the Burlington Community Aquatic Center will likely eclipse its record attendance or come close, despite starting the season 10 days later than normal.


COURT NEWS: A Racine man accused of severely injuring a Walworth County sheriff’s deputy who was deploying stop sticks in the Town of Spring Prairie on Aug. 1 pleaded guilty April 25 to five of the seven charges against him.


FIREFIGHTERS NEEDED: The Town of Burlington Fire Department, much like other volunteer agencies, faces a shortage of people willing to serve the community as firefighters.


TALL TALES NIXED: For the second time in three years, the Tall Tales Music Festival in downtown Burlington has been canceled, organizers announced. The decision comes as organizers attempted to coordinate logistics.


GOING TOO FAR? Wisconsin attorney general candidate prosecutes eligible voters for address snafus. Wisconsin Watch looks at whether his actions go too far.


ALL-AREA BASEBALL: The Burlington Demons land three players on the Southern Lakes Newspapers All-Area Baseball Team.