space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Champions Crowned at UPIR Season Finale
* M&O Volleyball
* M&O Football
* 110th M&M Classic
* Chenier Leads Marines At Home Invitational

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Wendt Again Coleman School Board President

All incumbent officers of Coleman School Board were unanimously returned to office at the annual reorganization meeting on Monday, May 19. They are President Ryan Wendt, Vice President Jamie Graetz Clerk Joanne Nowak, and Treasurer Brad Korpi.

The name of Elementary Principal Kelly Casper was not on the list of district resignations and retirements, but Superintendent Brian Walters confirmed after the meeting that Casper had informed him unofficially that she has accepted a position as superintendent of Suring School District, effective July 1.

The Suring School Board at its meeting on Wednesday, May 14 announced that Casper will replace Superintendent Robert Ray, who is retiring at the end of the current school year. Prior to being named Elementary Principal, Casper had been Middle School/High School principal at Coleman.

Casper did not attend the board meeting. In a note to the board, she explained she had attended the dedication of the ball field in honor of her father-in-law, Ken Casper, earlier in the evening and then took her son to a conference track meet.

Walters proudly announced that the revamped summer school program last year doubled the number of students who participated, and this year enrollment has gone up 50 percent over last year. We see a very positive effect on students, Walters said. Their learning continues. They don’t forget over summer what they learned during the school year. And increased student enrollment adds to district income.

Barbara Krause-Klug, the newest board member, was selected to represent the district at the CESA-8 annual conference on Thursday, May 22, and Graetz was again chosen to represent the district on the CESA-8 Board of Control.

Wendt noted the board previously had discussed eliminating the committee system and handling all business through longer board meetings, but Walters felt that one board meeting a month then would not be enough. There were remarks that they already often have special board meetings. After some discussion, the board decided to cut the number of committees from seven to four. Activities will be handled by the board as a whole.

Committee assignments are:

Personnel: Scott Herzog, Graetz and Krause-Klug;

Finance and Auxiliary Services (finance, insurance, bus and food service, etc.): Krause-Klug, Jeremy Hoida and Nowak;

Buildings and Grounds: Hoida, Korpi and Graetz;

Policy and Curriculum: Wendt, Herzog and Korpi.

The board felt combining transportation with other ancillary services should be no problem. Herzog commented contractor Gary Kamps, Has been very fair with us. He gives us the numbers, and they are real numbers...We either agree with the contract offer or buy our own busses.

Near the start of the meeting Walters announced the health insurance premium went up only two percent, which he declared extremely reasonable. He said he has received only positive comments about the service provided, and no complaints. He recommended staying with the current carrier.

He presented preliminary budget numbers for the 2014-2015 school year, and said it will be a balanced budget, with the new sound system and other planned expenditures provided for.

This year, Walters said there had been a $60,000 budget deficit projected, but preliminary figures show it will be far less - probably $20,000, on a $7,525,000 budget.

A bit later, Wendt asked where the projected $60,000 deficit came from for this year. He understood they had adopted a balanced budget.

Walters said perhaps early in budget discussions they had thought it might be balanced but not after more of the actual numbers were known.

Walters said the projected increase in property tax revenue does not necessarily mean an increase in the tax rate, which depends on overall assessed values, including how much new construction took place. He felt a $20,000 deficit on a $7.5 million budget is minimal, a very very small percent.

If I’m two percent short of having enough money to pay for my purchases at the supermarket, I don’t get to walk out with my groceries, Nowak commented.

Wendt objected that the projected budget calls for a $26,000 increase in property taxes, on top of the $20,000 projected deficit this year, and yet we’re being asked to approve a 30 cent per hour pay increase for support staff, which is above the consumer price index. Where is the extra money coming from? he asked.

Walters said they saved $70,000 by not replacing one elementary teacher, and eliminating another position will save $32,000.

It’s nice to play Santa Claus, but can we afford it? Wendt asked, in regard to the raise.

Walters said the difference between the CPI and the proposed 2.5 percent raise for support staff is about $7,000 total.

If we keep going up, even in small amounts, it adds up, Graetz remarked.

Krause-Klug commented that the administrative portion of the budget is almost as large as the entire elementary budget.

Walters explained the administrative budget includes about $400,000 for buildings and grounds, $400,000 for transportation and the money for technology, as well as administration expenses.

Krause-Klug asked for a more detailed breakdown of planned expenditures and Walters said he will do that.

To another question, Walters said any variance in state aid will not affect the district’s overall revenues. But it does affect the tax rate, Krause-Klug commented.

Herzog wondered what the total cost will be for the new teaching staff compensation model that is being developed, and Krause-Klug suggested they might wait to approve the support staff raise until closer to budget time.

Wendt commented the $7,262,000 budget was only presented that evening for discussion, but it does have impact on the decisions we’re asked to make.

Later in the meeting the board did approve the 30 cent per hour raise for support staff, which equates to 2.5 percent. There has been no pay increase recommended yet for teaching staff, and a report on the teacher’s compensation model that was on the evening’s agenda had been removed before the meeting began.

A bit later in the meeting the board did approve the support staff raise. Committee Chair Hoida explained the committee recommended that amount, which represents a total difference of $4,200 from a raise equal to the increase in the consumer price index.

A student request to take a 3-credit NWTC Nursing Assistant Class through the Student Options program was approved without dissent. Nowak inquired about the cost. Walters said he did not have it on hand but would get it for her.

The board approved the retirement of Irene Demmith, effective immediately, and the resignation of custodian Chad Mursau effective Wednesday, June 4.

At a special meeting on Monday, May 12, the board had agreed to issue a final notice of non-renewal of a teaching contract to Tammy Dantoin because of a staff reduction.

Hirings approved at the May 19 meeting included Courtnee Pultz, to teach elementary school special education at a salary of $33,740. She graduated from Niagara High School and has some prior teaching experience.

Jodi Graetz was approved as a part time para professional for the reading center at $12.65 per hour, to work about 5.5 hours per day, which generates no benefits. Jamie Graetz abstained from voting, and the remainder of the board voted aye.

The board also approved Walters’ recommendation to officially hire Spanish teacher Kirstina Lemke at a starting salary of $40,411. Lemke has been doing a fantastic job as a sub teacher this year at Coleman, and has now completed all her licensing requirements, Walters said. She replaced an experienced Spanish teacher from another district who was hired by Coleman at $57,000 for the year and resigned before the school year started last fall.

For the District Spotlight presentation at the start of the meeting, Walters complimented the work of new ag teacher Cindi Wautier. He said she has taken over the greenhouses in a very effective way, and is getting things taken care of at the Environmental Center. There would be an FFA plant and flower sale on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Walters said.

Casper’s elementary school report mentioned that students had participated in a dental sealant program through Marinette County’s Seal-A-Smile program.

Darla Brink was to be in the school on Wednesday, May 21 to meet with grade level teachers during their planning time to finish the reading audit.

High school chemistry and physics students are to do their annual Chem Show for elementary students on the morning of Friday, May 23.

She reported various elementary class field trip destinations include the Children’s Museum, Lake Lundgren, Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya, Heritage Hill and the Fire Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary at Peshtigo.

The final Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) incentive program is scheduled for outdoor activities on Friday, May 23.

Principal Doug Polomis reported a full slate of events for high school and middle school students.

He thanked Mrs. Stillings and the junior class for creating a memorable prom, with the theme of Swinging Back to the 1920’s, highlighted with a Model A parked in the high school lobby.

The Student Council’s community blood drive on April 30 was again successful, Polomis reported. For their efforts throughout the year the district was awarded $1,500 in scholarships to be distributed to deserving graduates.

Middle and High School band received a first from all three judges at the M&O Conference contest, and several band student receive first and second place awards at the state solo ensemble competition at UWGB on May 3.

Mr. Tate presented information about the Youth Apprenticeship Program to members of the Cougar Country Business Association on Monday, May 12. The school is making more of an effort to collaborate with the organization to provide opportunities for students.

The High School PBIS program is scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, May 21, with the Fine Arts Night and spaghetti dinner to be held from 4 to 7 p.m. that evening.

All school recognition is slated for 2:20 p.m. Friday, May 23 in the high school gym, and there is to be a Memorial Day Celebration there at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 26.

Final exams will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 27 and 28.

Scholarship Night is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, with graduation at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31.

Middle School students will go to Mount Olympus on Monday, June 2, and physics students on that day will be at Great America.

All students will be released for the year at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
08-31-2016Front Page
County Taking Another Look At Borrowing, Budget Policy

08-31-2016Front Page


08-31-2016Front Page
Peshtigo School Board Sets District Goals

08-31-2016Front Page
Snowmobile Trail Through Peshtigo Goes To Council

08-31-2016Front Page
Marinette County Fair A Success, List Event Winners

08-31-2016Community - Wausaukee
Legion Post 66 Meets Sept. 10

08-31-2016Community - Wausaukee
17 Residents Attend Athelstane Board Meet

08-31-2016Community - Wausaukee
Place 3 Defibrillators in Athelstane, SC Areas

08-31-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion Trap Shoot on Sept. 3

08-31-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Book Sale is Sept. 19-23

08-31-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Ski Cats in National Figure 8 Barefoot Tourney

08-31-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Auxiliary To Host County Council

08-31-2016Community - Coleman
Oconto Marsh Hike Sept. 8

08-31-2016Community - Coleman
Open House At Hillside Assembly

08-31-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Village Board Sept. 6

08-31-2016Community - Coleman
Beef Cow/Calf Meeting Sept. 12

08-31-2016Sports
Champions Crowned at UPIR Season Finale

08-31-2016Sports
M&O Volleyball

08-31-2016Sports
M&O Football

08-31-2016Sports
110th M&M Classic

08-31-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-31-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-31-2016Perspectives
From My Window

08-31-2016Obituaries
Joseph J Ziolkowski

08-31-2016Obituaries
Debbie M. Womack-Tomaszewski

08-31-2016Obituaries
Tomis B.Vazquez

08-31-2016Obituaries
Doris M. Shubert

08-31-2016Obituaries
Florence A. Schierland

08-31-2016Obituaries
John H. Raube, Jr.

08-31-2016Obituaries
Candy L. Peterson

08-31-2016Obituaries
Dorothy A. Oliver

08-31-2016Obituaries
Joyce M. Noha

08-31-2016Obituaries
John McGuire

08-31-2016Obituaries
Michael P. Kelly

08-31-2016Obituaries
Gerald R. Havelka

08-31-2016Obituaries
Evelyn M. Groman

08-31-2016Obituaries
Frank Gaber

08-31-2016Obituaries
Thomas Crowley

08-31-2016Obituaries
Marilyn G. Backman

08-24-2016Obituaries
Kenneth J. Birr

08-24-2016Obituaries
Carol F. Spice

08-24-2016Obituaries
Sandra Mattia

08-24-2016Obituaries
Cynthia Schroeder

08-24-2016Obituaries
Joel M. Walther 

08-24-2016Obituaries
William Todzy

08-24-2016Obituaries
Marian L. Ruatti

08-24-2016Obituaries
Carol J. Rhode

08-24-2016Obituaries
Susan R. Maus

08-24-2016Obituaries
Martha Erickson

08-24-2016Obituaries
Dorothy A. Dickerson

08-24-2016Obituaries
Clayton A. Carlson

08-24-2016Obituaries
June A. Stello

08-24-2016Obituaries
Kenneth D. Parthie

08-24-2016Obituaries
Dorothy Osten

08-24-2016Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Marineau

08-24-2016Obituaries
Diane S. Long

08-24-2016Obituaries
Charles D. De Camp

08-24-2016Obituaries
Donald Brunn

08-24-2016Obituaries
Peggy D. Bowden

08-24-2016Front Page
Town Pound Residents Approve Tax Hike for Bridge Project

08-24-2016Front Page
Buddy Bench Fosters Friendship at Schools

08-24-2016Community - Coleman
Klondike Days Wrestling, Kickball Tourney Benefit

08-24-2016Community - Coleman
CHS Classes Gather for Joint Reunion

08-24-2016Community - Coleman
Kuchtas To Host Beef Open House

08-24-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz School Fully Staffed For Sept. 1 Start Of Classes

08-24-2016Community - Crivitz
Twin Bridge Rescue Squad Buys New Ford Ambulance

08-24-2016Community - Crivitz
Open House at Crivitz Schools

08-24-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz School District Annual Meeting Aug. 30

08-24-2016Front Page
Peshtigo Joins Call For More State Road Aids

08-24-2016Community - Wausaukee
Auxiliary Unit 66 Chili Fest Sept. 24

08-24-2016Front Page
New $12 Million Marinette Rec Center Gets Approval

08-24-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-24-2016Perspectives
From our readers

08-24-2016Perspectives
From My Window

08-24-2016Sports
Chenier Leads Marines At Home Invitational

08-24-2016Sports
Area Teams Take Part in Early Season Invites

08-24-2016Sports
Marines Sink in Fourth Quarter

08-24-2016Sports
Three Teams Start Season with Non-Conference Wins

08-17-2016Front Page
Name Marinette County Fair Horse Arena for Late Fay Bintz

08-17-2016Obituaries
Lorraine Zaidel

08-17-2016Obituaries
William C. Yudes

08-17-2016Obituaries
Irene Wojciehowski

08-17-2016Obituaries
Dean J. Westcott

08-17-2016Front Page
Town To Decide Pond Road Gate, Mercury Issues Aug. 23

08-17-2016Obituaries
Joel M. Walther

08-17-2016Front Page
Brief Filed In Crivitz School Cell Phone Suit

08-17-2016Front Page
Marinette Committees Discuss Wage Study

08-17-2016Front Page
Dettmering Does Not Get Public Defender

08-17-2016Obituaries
Franklin J. Trepanier

08-17-2016Obituaries
June A. Stello

08-17-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin - End of Summer

08-17-2016Obituaries
Leita A. Sinclair  

08-17-2016Obituaries
Michael L. Sherman

08-17-2016Obituaries
Elmer O. Salzsieder

08-17-2016Obituaries
Mitchell A. Otradovec

08-17-2016Obituaries
Dick Maloney

08-17-2016Obituaries
Larry J. Lischka

08-17-2016Perspectives
From My Window - Local Business - Thank You!

08-17-2016Obituaries
Raymond J. Lentz

08-17-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-17-2016Obituaries
Kenneth A. Krause

08-17-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-17-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-17-2016Obituaries
James Koester

08-17-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-17-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-17-2016Obituaries
Hildred Johnson

08-17-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-17-2016Obituaries
John J. Hummel

08-17-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-17-2016Obituaries
John Hanson

08-17-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-17-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-17-2016Obituaries
Ardene H. Ganter

08-17-2016Obituaries
Anthony Charapata

08-17-2016Sports
Estimated Duck Pop. Down to 48.4 Million

08-17-2016Obituaries
Violet E. Buss

08-17-2016Sports
2016 WIAA Sports Medical Advisory Commitee Update

08-17-2016Obituaries
Nathaniel T. Borah

08-17-2016Sports
Marinette Ready to Be The Team Everyone Hates to Play

08-17-2016Obituaries
Faith J. Berg

08-17-2016Sports
Area Football Teams Prepare for Season Openers

08-17-2016Community - Coleman
Story Time at Library Sept. 12

08-17-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Elementary Ribbon Cutting for New Playground

08-17-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Regular Meeting Sept. 19

08-17-2016Community - Coleman
Change CCBA Meeting to Sept. 15

08-17-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee School Packet Pick Up, Open House Aug. 24

08-17-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Centennial Books Again Available

08-17-2016Community - Wausaukee
Request Traffic Change in Town During County Fair

08-17-2016Community - Wausaukee
Lions Raffle Tickets Sold

08-17-2016Community - Crivitz
Weekly Bible School at Crivitz

08-17-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Village Hires New Police Officers

08-17-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz VFW Pig Roast is Sept. 11

08-17-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz School District Annual Meeting Aug. 30

08-10-2016Community - Coleman
Open House at Suring Aug. 31

08-10-2016Community - Coleman
Lena Residents Scan Tickets

08-10-2016Community - Coleman
Cougar Booster Club Benefit Banquet Aug. 15

08-10-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Youth Football Signup Aug. 15, Practice Starts Aug. 16

08-10-2016Perspectives
From our readers

08-10-2016Community - Wausaukee
Area ATV Trails, Benefit Golf Outings

08-10-2016Community - Wausaukee
Big Silver Cliff Fire, Rescue Parade, Picnic Set for Aug. 13

08-10-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Am. Legion Family Picnic is Aug. 13

08-10-2016Obituaries
Lloyd Rakowski

08-10-2016Community - Wausaukee
Stephenson Board Airs Public Works Position

08-10-2016Obituaries
Jim A. McInness

08-10-2016Obituaries
Alex R. Malawka 

08-10-2016Obituaries
Melvin Luetkens, Sr.

08-10-2016Obituaries
Michael B. Lipovac

08-10-2016Community - Crivitz
Art in Shaffer Park Aug. 13

08-10-2016Obituaries
Kim P. Kuran


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think a photo ID should be required to vote?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2016
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites