North Elementary gets new pavement|
School budget is reviewed
|With the clock ticking toward the opening of the fall term, the final touches are being put on an extensive series of summer maintenance projects in the Antigo school district.|
Crews from the Langlade County Highway Department were at North Elementary School this morning, laying the first course of blacktop to cap a playground improvement project.
Weather permitting, Director of Building and Grounds Tim Prunty said sod will be laid around the perimeter of the playground on Friday, just in time for the opening of the term on Tuesday.
It’s been a busy summer throughout the district, with maintenance projects pumped by the infusion of $400,000 taken from the district’s fund balance.
Roofs have been replaced at East, West, North and Mattoon elementary schools along with a section of the high school.
At Crestwood, phase 1 of an asbestos abatement project was completed and floor tile replaced, while at the high school, carpet was replaced with floor tile in six classrooms.
There’s more on the docket as well, subject to review and approval by the board of education. Potential spring projects include phase 2 of the Crestwood asbestos project
A Langlade County Highway Department crew began paving the playground at North Elementary School this morning.
School budget presented, then meeting gets exciting
|A snapshot of the Antigo school district’s 2014-15 budget, as approved by the board of education Tuesday.|
Balanced budget: Revenues plus board-approved use of $400,000 fund balance for maintenance, will cover expenditures resulting in a balanced budget.
General fund balance: Anticipated ending balance of $5.3 million.
Enrollment/revenue limit formula: Decrease of 49 (1.9 percent) in three year rolling average of resident enrollment.
Enrollment — projected head count: Estimated decrease of 70 in projected head count attending the district.
Open enrollment: Estimating 47 open-enrolled students in and 120 out, for a net loss of 73 students.
State general aid: Expected to decrease from $14.76 million to $14.61 million.
Revenue limit: Increase $75 per student with declining enrollment — total increase of $206,524.
State categorical aid: Additional categorical aid of $75 per pupil for 2014-15 — $191,000.
Property tax levy: Increasing 4 percent over current year.
Staffing level: Total staffing, 304, an increase of 2.7 full-time equi
Antigo school district Director of Business Services Mary Jo Filbrandt reviews the 2014-15 spending plan at Tuesday’s budget hearing.
An exhaustive 40-minute budget presentation answered most questions of the audience and led to easy approval of a 2014-15 spending plan by the Antigo school board Tuesday.
Things got a bit more dicey when it came to a revised co-curricular code however, finally passed on a 7-2 vote after extensive audience comments and board discussion, with a promise that the issue will be reviewed on a regular basis.
Action came at the board’s regular August session—the final meeting before the start of the fall term next Tuesday—which stretched to the 2 1/2 hour mark.
The main item of the evening was approval of the spending plan, which received unanimous backing from the nine-member panel.
Director of Business Services Mary Jo Filbrandt walked the board and audience, made up mostly of administrators and other school officials, through a comprehensive review, including a breakdown of general fund spending by various areas such as maintenance, operation and services.
“It’s a very detailed rendition of all the different areas where we spend money,” Filbrandt said.
Filbrandt also reviewed maintenance projects, highlighted by roo
Elcho formally introduces its new teaching staff, they are on the job
Contractors make progress with Langlade Ford modernization
|The Elcho school district is welcoming seven new instructors as it prepares to open the 2014-15 term.|
Students will return to the classroom on Tuesday.
The new instructors include:
Andrew Sexton, business education, received his undergraduate degree from St. Norbert College and his master’s in secondary education from Grand Canyon University. He will be teaching at Elcho first semester and White Lake the second semester. He will also be assisting the co-op varsity football team.
Scotty Witkus, school counselor, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology with a minor in religious studies. He earned his master’s of education from Concordia University in Mequon.
Jacob Zutavern, third grade teacher, attended the University of Wisconsin Marathon County in Wausau and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He most recently worked as a substitute teacher in the Eau Claire school district.
Eric Strzok, fifth grade teacher, attended Lakeland College in Sheboygan and finished his student teaching in January, 2014. He was a substitute teacher in Elkhart Lake.
New Elcho staffers are, from left, (back row) Andrew Sexton, Scott Witkus, Jacob Zutavern, Eric Strzok, Brandon Sharpe, (front row) Ashley Fraser and Kathleen Klos.
|The walls are rising on the new Langlade Ford showroom today, continuing a project that will bring the long-standing local dealership up to the latest company standards.|
The project has been on the fast-track, with heavy equipment from Krueger & Steinfest rolling onto the site on July 28, minutes after a ceremonial ground-breaking, and making quick work of the old showroom and offices.
Now, less than a month later, the heavy steel girders are in place and work on the walls and the roofing system is well underway.
The project is being coordinated by Keller, which is spread across a number of locations in the state including Milwaukee, Madison, Fox Cities and Wausau. It will add 12,380 square feet of area to the dealership.
While the building has been updated since it was constructed, new plans call for it to conform with the Ford Trustmark program. Under the new plan, six vehicles will be displayed in a comfortable setting with easy access to the sales, financial and executive offices.
Keller has already completed much of the exterior work on a new body shop, tucked out-of-sight at the west end of the facility. It will also segregate alumin
Workmen at the site of what will be new Langlade Motors offices, showroom.
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