The Wausau School Board has selected Bray Architects of Milwaukee to lead renovations of the Wisconsin city’s elementary schools.

Bray, which was one of eight firms to compete for the opportunity, will help determine cost estimates as well as the advantages and disadvantages of four proposed options. The district will then take that research and gather community feedback, the Wausau Daily Herald reported.  

The district is planning to hold a property tax referendum next year to help fund the resulting project.

The district will pay School Perceptions $11,100 for a community survey that will help the board select a project for the referendum. Bray will be paid $19,500 for its work leading up to the vote; the firm would earn a percentage of the total cost, should a project garner public approval.

Of the four options being considered, three would require a vote because the district would need to borrow money. Three options call for closing a kindergarten and early-childhood facility, requiring the district to expand elementary schools.  Two options would close elementary schools and replace them with new schools.