School board reorganizes, approves major projects|
DPI School hearing here Tuesday
|The Antigo school board welcomed two new members, and conducted an usually competitive election for board officers to open its 2017 term Tuesday.|
The meeting, the first since the April spring general election, also included the awarding of over $800,000 in bids for summer maintenance projects, and action to trim $200,000 from the 2017-18 budget.
The evening opened with reorganization, and a welcome to the board for new members Dr. Noel Deep and Danny Pyeatt, filling vacancies left by Tara Guelzow and Scott Jensema, who declined to seek re-election.
They join JD Schroeder and Dr. Patrick McKenna who were also re-elected to new terms.
In the election for president, incumbent Mike Boldig held off a challenge from Andy Merry to earn a new term on a 5-4 vote.
Jeanne Long will replace Jessica Meade as clerk, outpolling her by a 6-3 tally.
An unusual three-way contest found Meade winning election as vice-president. She received four votes to three for Merry and two for Pyeatt.
All contested voting was done by secret ballot.
The only unanimous selection was Danielle Yuska as treasurer.
REORGANIZATION—The Antigo school board held its reorganizational meeting Tuesday, seating new and returning members and electing officers. The winners in the April elections are shown in the top photo. From left are Danny Pyeatt, incumbent JD Schroeder, Dr. Noel Deep and incumbent Dr. Patrick McKenna. The lower photo shows the 2017 slate of officers, from left, returning President Mike Boldig, Vice-President Jessica Meade, Clerk Jeanne Long and returning Treasurer Danielle Yuska.
Another chapter in the saga that is the Mattoon school will unfold Tuesday afternoon, when Department of Public Instruction officials come to town for a public hearing.
The School District Boundary Appeals Board will hold the hearing on the proposal to carve a Mattoon school district out of Antigos southeastern corner from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Volm Theater at the high school.
A second meeting, which may include rendering a decision, is slated for May 4.
The boundary appeals board is made up of 12 school board members from around the state appointed by the state school superintendent. It is reviewing the plan after Mattoon school supporters filed an appeal of the school boards Jan. 10 decision against formation of the new district.
The appeal board could overturn the local school boards decision, but only if it finds that the conclusion regarding seven factors were not supported by the facts or were not properly applied.
The board voted 8-1 against the new district after it walked through seven factors, plus possible other mitigating circumstances, laid out by the state DPI .
At that meeting, the board dissected individ
District summer school focus is on enrichment, not just catch-up
DNR seeks input on recreation plans
|Summer school, once the domain of the dreaded drudgery of make-up classes, has come a long way.|
The Antigo school district is now accepting registrations for its summer program, with the main session slated June 12 to June 22, and the offerings are anything but drab.
There are, of course, the usual offerings and they include some brush-up classes, but there is much more as well, according to summer school administrators Anita Mattek and Heather McCann.
Perhaps the most unique class is Discovering Antigo Pride History/Healthy Ways. Open to grades four through eight, the class will focus on what is happening in the community.
This course will enable students to go on a daily field trip to businesses and companies in the Antigo area, McCann said. They will learn what keeps the economy of the Antigo area going. In addition, it may spark an interest in a career path or employment opportunities.
There will be field trips to Zelazoski Wood Products, Kretz Lumber, Karls Transport, Wilds Dairy Farm, Matteks Potato Farm, Palace Theater, Volm Companies, Sheldons, Zanes Guitars and Clermont Printing plus others.
Antigo school district summer staff pose with some of the Middle School youngsters who will participate in the enrichment program.
|Langlade County residents will have an opportunity to help guide Department of Natural Resources decisions on recreation next week.|
The DNR will host three public open houses to gather input regarding outdoor recreation opportunities in the northwoods region, and one of them will be in Antigo.
The session is slated Thursday at North Star Lanes. Other meetings are planned for Tuesday at the Arbor Vitae Town Hall and Wednesday at North Way Motor Lodge and Banquet, Park Falls.
Each meeting will run from 4 to 7 p.m. DNR staff will provide a brief overview of the analysis process at both 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The Recreation Opportunities Analysis will examine existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and future recreation needs in eight regions throughout Wisconsin. The study will identify future priorities for providing high-quality recreation experiences and the potential role of DNR properties in helping to meet those priorities.
The Northwoods Region includes Forest, Florence, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, Price, Taylor, and Vilas counties.
While the process will begin in these nine northern counties, additional regional
Recreational opportunities, such as mountain biking, will be the focus of next Thursdays meeting.
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