Raising the roof|
Dick Schuh, of Elcho, receives honors for work with 40 et 8 group
|Habitat Building Committee Chairman Pete Higgins works on the roof of the Shaddon and Franchesca Swim home near White Lake. Habitat volunteers and the Swim family and friends under the direction of Site Supervisor Warren Wagner have made great progress on the structure. Habitat Board President Paul Grinde said more volunteers will be needed to get the home completed before the weather turns cold. Volunteers of all skill levels are needed on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Lunch is provided. To volunteer, call Grinde at 715-216-8718. |
Mattoon process to be long, complex
|An Elcho man has been honored for his longtime service to veterans.|
Richard Schuh was named 2016 Voyageur of the Year by the Grande Voiture de Wisconsin at the 95th Grand Promenade and 53rd Grand Rendezvous held earlier this month.
It was one of a series of awards collected by the local 40 et 8 organization. Lampiste National Jack Eaton was honored for his outstanding service and dedication to the Grande Voiture de Wisconisn and all of LaSociete. And the local voiture also received a membership achievement award, the Lloyd Koeller Americanism Award, the Richard Schuh Ritual Award, the Dave Wegner Youth Sports Award and the Thomas J. Orval National Box Car Award.
Schuh has been a Voyageur Militare of Langlade County Voiture 1204 for 43 years. Since 1973 he has served Voiture 1204, Grand de Wisconsin, and Voiture Nationale honorably.
His 40 et 8 career can be described in on word: Service.
Following his Wreck, Schuh saw the need to increase membership in Voiture 1204 in order to strengthen the unit. He recruited 17 new members and has worked diligently for the 40 et 8 ever since.
After serving as Chef de Gare of Langlade County Voiture
From left, Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer Greg Hall from South Dakota congratulates Lampiste National Jack Eaton for his service to the 40 et 8. Also pictured is Wisconsin Grand Chef de Gare Ken Kozubek from Cambridge congratulating Cheminot National Passé Dick Schuh for his 2016 Voyageur of the Year Award.
The process to possibly carve a new Mattoon school district out of the southeastern quadrant of the Unified School district of Antigo will be convoluted and lengthy.
That was the message Kevin Terry, the district legal counsel from Ruder Ware, brought to the Antigo school board Tuesday, outlying the various legal deadlines the district faces after being presented with a petition in July seeking to detach Mattoon from Antigo and create a new, K-8 school district instead.
The petition started the ball rolling in the statutory process, Terry said, and that means that deadlines are already looming.
The first step, he explained, will be a hearing—scheduled for Sept. 13—to allow members of the public to share their opinions and concerns about the possible secession of Mattoon from Antigo.
It is just that, a hearing, Terry said, open to all interested parties and for the board to gather information. We want to encourage members of the public to come. We want everyone to be involved.
After that it gets more complicated, he said.
The board must and petitioners have until Oct. 15 to agree on potential district boundaries, and apportionment of a
The new budget explained
$30.24 million for schools approved
|Antigo school district Director of Business Services Tim Prunty and staff prepared an easy-to-understand budget breakdown.|
The top graph shows where the money comes from, with state sources representing 63.2 percent; local sources, 29.8 percent; federal, 4.7 percent; and a smattering of others.
The lower graph shows how the dollars are spent, with the lions share, 73 percent, to salaries and benefits; followed by purchased services such as pupil transportation and maintenance projects, at 19 percent. The remainder is mixed between general instructional materials and equipment, which are listed as non-capital and capital objects.
The complete booklet is available at the districts administrative offices.
On a unanimous vote, the Antigo school board Tuesday approved a 2016-17 budget that may bring a lower property tax bill for residents.
Following a 40-minute presentation by Director of Business Services Tim Prunty, the board inked the plan that calls for $30.245 million in overall spending, financed by a local property tax levy of $8,515,779, a decline of 7.7 percent, or $702,601.
Overall spending includes accounts for debt service, the community service fund and other areas. General Fund spending is figured at $24.3 million, without grants, and $26.245 million when grants are included.
The spending plan calls for a tax rate of $7.97 per $1,000 of equalized valuation, a drop of 66 cents, or 7.65 percent. If those numbers do not change, the owner of a $100,000 home will pay $797 in property taxes to finance school operations for the upcoming year, a drop of $66.
The last time the levy was this low was in 2012-13, when the district operated with a tax of $7.94 per $1,000. The rate is less than half of what district residents were paying 24 years ago, when taxes were $19.02 per $1,000 of valuation.
It is important to remember that school distri
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