Antigo school board will try again to fill vacancy at meeting Tuesday|
The Antigo school board will try again Tuesday to fill a key vacancy on the nine-member panel, after deadlocking earlier this month.
The board will convene for its regular November session at 7 p.m. in the media tech room at the high school, with a mix of routine and potentially contentious items filling the agenda.
Leading the meeting will be discussion and possible action to approve a candidate for the board to fill a potential swing-vote position.
Seven candidates have applied for the post, caused by the resignation of Dr. Karl Niedermann in September, and were interviewed over a 2 1/2 hour session on Nov. 5. None could muster a five-vote majority.
Candidates includes Sheryl Perkins, a retired educator who worked for the Antigo school district for 23 years; Roy Dieck, a retired contractor and accountant who served on the school board for about 10 years in the 1960s and 1970s; Tom Zatloukal, who operates an automotive museum in Aniwa and has been involved in the district for 15 years; Andy Merry, owner of Merry’s Berries northwest of Antigo who served for three years on the school board prior to his defeat in the April election; Dr. Patrick McKenna, a family practitioner at Aspirus General Clinic; Scott Jensema, child welfare coordinator for the Langlade County Social Services Department; and Jeanne Long, who moved to Langlade County in July after serving on the Bowler school district board of education for 14 years.
In balloting following the interviews, Perkins lost on a 6-2 vote, supported by Gary Jaje and Joe Kretz. She was opposed by Beth Bockes, Jessica Meade, Jim Schulz, Mike Boldig, Tim Fuller and Clark Palmer.
The remaining candidates all lost on 4-4 votes.
Merry, McKenna, Jensema and Long were supported by Jaje, Kretz, Bockes and Boldig, and opposed by Meade, Palmer, Schulz and Fuller.
Dieck and Zatloukal were supported by Meade, Palmer, Schulz and Fuller, and opposed by Kretz, Bockes, Jaje and Boldig.
The successful candidate will serve until the April, 2014 general election. At that time, voters will select four school board members.
In other business, the board may hire an outside group to conduct a facility study with a goal of determining needs throughout district buildings and the best funding mechanisms.
At its meeting earlier this month, the Operations Committee reviewed a proposal from the Cooperative Education Service Agency No. 10, a nonprofit organization, to conduct the review at a cost of $13,139.30 for elementary schools, $9,594.66 for the Middle School and $12,840 for the high school.
The state does allow some facility work outside of revenue limits, mainly involving improvements in energy usage. The district would also have the option of deciding projects through a referendum vote.
The board will also review a resolution from the Committee on Instruction to implement a random drug testing policy, a recommendation arising from the school district’s task force report completed earlier this year.
The resolution, which cleared the committee on a split vote, would pursue the establishment of a random drug-testing program, applying to all district personnel, with assistance from legal consultants collaborating with the board and administration.
It calls the public perception of increased illegal drug use and continued high use of alcohol and prescription drugs “a valid community concern.”
The board will also:
—take action to order new air handling equipment for the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center, with the project completely funded through donations.
—review reports on academic progress and facilities monitoring.
—select a pupil services administrative assistant.
—and, in a closed session, discuss wages and negotiations for all district employees, the superintendent’s contract and personnel issues.
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