Carolyn Scott demonstrates the damage caused by overnight rain and a leaky roof in a computer classroom at John Young Middle School last week. Staff photo by Santiago Flores

Carolyn Scott demonstrates the damage caused by overnight rain and a leaky roof in a computer classroom at John Young Middle School last week. Staff photo by Santiago Flores

MISHAWAKA -- As the run-up to School City of Mishawaka's $28 million referendum enters the home stretch, those on both sides of the issue say their primary goal is the same.

"People just need to get out and vote," said Mike Wojtysiak, founder of the group noto28million.org, which opposes the referendum. "That's my biggest concern for the whole process."

Likewise, Michael Wandling, with the political action committee Friends of Mishawaka Schools, which supports Tuesday's referendum, said his biggest hope is that voters will take the time to go to the polls.

Mishawaka schools' administration is asking for the money so facilities and technology upgrades can be done across the school corporation.

Roofs leak, terra cotta is crumbling and schools need improved security and up-to-date technology, they've said.

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