space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* From Our Readers
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Marinette Hoops Club Nov. 1 4th, 5th Grade Boys Scores
* Hunters Hats Must Be 50% Orange
* Safe Deer Hunting Tips, ATVs, UTVs Great Tools
* Over 550,000 Orange Coats To Take To The Woods Saturday
* Nine Maroons Bring Home All-U.P. Honors

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

From our readers

Letter to Editor: 

Recently, an article was published in the Peshtigo Times regarding coverage of a Coleman School Board meeting. Questions arose regarding a decline in general state aid for the district, and I would like to explain the two main reasons this is taking place.

First, a decline in enrollment. State aid is calculated on prior year data (2012-13 for 2013-14 aids). For 2013-14, Coleman had 712 students for the aid calculation, 6.1% fewer than the 758 last year. Fewer students translate into less aid.

Second, last year’s property value declined 1.8% compared to a 3.3% drop for the state. These two factors have led to Coleman’s value per student rising 4.5% while the statewide value per student dropped.

Essentially, in the eyes of the school funding formula, Coleman School District looks “richer,” which is resulting in less aid. Combined, these two factors account for nearly all of the change in aid.

The fact is that the actions the state legislature took in the last budget are not to blame for this aid reduction. On the contrary, I am proud to say that we increased general aids by $170 million and overall education spending is up nearly $300 million. Furthermore, it is estimated that Coleman will benefit from increased categorical aids and they will see an increase in revenue limits that will allow them the ability to make-up for the reduction in general aid. In the 2012-13 school year, districts were allowed a $50 per student categorical aid to use as they please. This school year, it will be $75 per student, or a $25 increase over last year. If you take that number and multiply it by 700-plus students that should give Coleman an extra $17,500. Combined with the revenue limit increase, total revenues will be up over $50,000. 

Another source of revenue for rural school districts are transportation aids. Coleman currently receives aid for this and will more than likely receive an increase in the future. One way we attempted to level the playing field for rural districts in the budget was by providing additional levy limit flexibility and by increasing categorical aids aimed at rural districts, including an additional $10 million for high cost transportation districts.

Additionally, the budget calls for the Joint Legislative Council to establish a rural schools task force to identify funding challenges faced by rural school districts. I am hopeful that this task force will help to develop a long-term plan to address those challenges, especially in the context of declining enrollments and transportation issues.

The bottom line is that the current school funding formula is working against Coleman as declining enrollment and higher than average property values have put the district in a position where they will receive less general aid. Moving forward, it is extremely important to have a discussion on how we can improve the formula to ensure that schools are on an even playing field, and our schools and teachers have the resources they need to provide a quality education.

As always, please feel free to contact me at my office at 888 534 0089, sign up for my electronic updates or review my Facebook page for updates.

State Rep. John Nygren,

Marinette



Editor:

Re: Marinette School District Budget in Good Shape

Mr. Cernanski couldn’t possibly be speaking on behalf of the Marinette School Board in an editorial on Sept. 5. He calls the citizens to action on Sept. 17 for the open board meeting over financial distress signals of deficits and insurance costs. But Mr. Cernanski’s claim of fiscal doom and gloom does not reflect the board’s good work over the last several years.

Total expenditures for the district actually dropped over $1 million. The fund balance has risen from $3 million to over $7 million, well above the WASB recommendation. The long-term indebtedness shrank from about $40 million to less than $20 million and will automatically continue to decrease significantly under current changes already passed by the board. A new agreement with health insurance providers will save the district nearly $600,000 next year alone.

The school board should be applauded for a job well done, not criticized for a temporary deficit because they opened a new school, brought back SAGE, reintroduced summer school and continued good building maintenance, contrary to the claims of Mr. Cernanski.

He seems to want to blame a life/long-term care insurance rise using terms like unsustainable and skyrocketing and 50% increase and 9.8 from another. The actual increase this year was $8.10/month/employee. That’s $97 a year! Over 150 retirees pay 100% of this premium themselves. The total increase to the district is approximately $20,000 for current employees. This is not what has caused or even influenced the $482,000 temporary deficit. Why mislead the good taxpayers and paint the school board and superintendent as causing great budget concerns? Not fair, they should be praised.

There is concern, however. Over the past several years Marinette has lost huge numbers of instructional staff. This year alone from August 2012 to August 2013 nearly 20 teachers, not including administrators or support staff, have left the district. Only two retired. That’s unsustainable! Many took private sector jobs for better wages and benefits. Others went to school districts with better wages and benefits. Hiring and retaining highly skilled teachers should be a primary concern. You don’t do that with more employee take-aways and continually using doom and gloom math to characterize an otherwise financially sound, well-managed school district.

Michael Maurer,

Marinette



To the Editor:

This is in response to the woman in Crivitz who is upset with the Marinette County Task Force.

Do you think it’s okay to drink and drive? Do you feel guilty about something? Why feel harassed by the Task Force? Will you complain if they are in the Northern part of the county doing the same thing?

Instead of running down the Task Force and the Sheriff, support both. Be glad the department is doing their job by getting drunk drivers off the streets.

Senior citizen or not, YOU should NOT get a break for bad habits. You and your friends still can have fun without alcohol. Find a new fund raiser for Twin Bridge Fire Department.

Please show a good example for the young people. If you are in fear of the Task Force, don’t drink at any functions or cut down.

Here are statistics for you. In 2011, 9,878 died and about 315,000 were injured (that’s about every 53 minutes), 226 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Every day in the U.S. 27 die as a result of drunk driving, and 50 to 75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license. Every 90 seconds a person is injured and an average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before the first arrest. One in 3 people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.

We all know someone who was killed or injured by a drunk driver.

S. Stockwell



Editor:

I read on the front page of the paper and your nice new web service paper that the County Board is going to give the County Administrator a Pay Hike. WHY? 

When the inexperienced but highly paid with excellent benefits and retirement plans County Administrator was hired about two years ago she was instructed to reduce the County budget by 10%. She has not. Employees have been added, borrowing increased and she seems to be more interested in fighting for raises in pay for county employees many that only work 35 hours than she does for trimming the growing county budget and deficit. There are still many department heads that live outside the taxing area of the county. Some drive county furnished and paid for vehicles to and from work! She wants i-Pads for all 30 County Board Members, to eliminate the Coroner Post, reduce money for the elderly services, etc. The list of little expensive additions and strange recommendations goes on and on....

We need to STOP the inexperienced but highly paid with excellent benefits and retirement plans County Administrator and hold the County Board Members accountable for all of this! Please don’t wait for the next election. Pick up the phone and call them all, not just your local representative. Normally I’d also suggest emailing them but given that several don’t even have computers or internet access that may be a waste of your time. Thanks!

Sincerely,

Pete Pfankuch



Editor:

The Marinette & Menominee Parkinson Support Group would like to take the opportunity to thank Walgreen’s Drug Store in Marinette for their great support. The store held a fundraiser which will enable the local group to bring information,awareness and resources  to the public and to the medical community about Parkinson’s disease. In addition, the support will allow us to expand all outreach efforts to serve the people living with Parkinson’s, caregivers,and veterans. All funds raised will be utilized in our local areas.

The management and staff at Walgreen’s did a great job creating awareness and supporting the local communities. Our sincere thank you to all of the employees. An additional thanks to the Heider Paint & Decorating store for their donation to this effort. 

Most of all, to all the people that donated so generously, a big thank you.

The Parkinson’s Support Group meets the third Thursday of each month and provides programs of interest as well as printed information to assist in living with this disease. The support of local businesses is instrumental in keeping such groups operational.

Pat Ihler, facilitator,

Mitzi Adams, co-facilitator

Bill Desjarlais, co-facilitator


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
11-20-2014Sports
Marinette Hoops Club Nov. 1 4th, 5th Grade Boys Scores

11-20-2014Sports
Hunters Hats Must Be 50% Orange

11-20-2014Sports
Safe Deer Hunting Tips, ATVs, UTVs Great Tools

11-20-2014Sports
Over 550,000 Orange Coats To Take To The Woods Saturday

11-20-2014Perspectives
From Our Readers

11-20-2014Perspectives
From our readers

11-20-2014Perspectives
COUNTRY COUSIN

11-20-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

11-20-2014Obituaries
Antone A. Schmidt

11-20-2014Obituaries
Thomas A. Petri

11-20-2014Obituaries
Warren C. Peterson

11-20-2014Obituaries
Clarice M. LaCount

11-20-2014Obituaries
Rob Jahnke

11-20-2014Obituaries
Patricia J. Groth

11-20-2014Obituaries
Francis P. Dupuis

11-20-2014Obituaries
Irene M. Demmith

11-20-2014Obituaries
Thomas R. Wozniak

11-20-2014Obituaries
Leonard A. Wahlstrom

11-20-2014Obituaries
Janet D. Sleeter

11-20-2014Obituaries
William A. Rose, Jr.

11-20-2014Obituaries
Genevieve R. Raboin

11-20-2014Obituaries
Dean P. Powers

11-20-2014Obituaries
Jerrod Lemke 

11-20-2014Obituaries
Edna Lang

11-20-2014Obituaries
Esther J. Klukas

11-20-2014Obituaries
Carl Hansen

11-20-2014Obituaries
Hayden D. Gagnon

11-20-2014Obituaries
Eugene F. Fristad

11-20-2014Obituaries
John Fiedorowicz

11-20-2014Obituaries
Marie L. Ebbole

11-20-2014Obituaries
Shirley L. Beyer

11-20-2014Obituaries
Karen J. Becker

11-20-2014Obituaries
Bernard R. Becker

11-20-2014Obituaries
Cleon G. Allard

11-20-2014Obituaries
Palma G. Adams

11-20-2014Obituaries
Loraine E. Stepien

11-20-2014News
Unit 66 Bake Sale is Nov. 20

11-20-2014News
Free Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Mary’s

11-20-2014News
Church Hunter’s Supper Nov. 22

11-20-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Travel Club Ireland Trip

11-20-2014Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Craft Fair Nov. 22

11-20-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Elementary School Holds Family Literacy Night

11-20-2014Community - Wausaukee
Legion Auxiliary Unit 66 Bake Sale at Nimrod Nov. 20

11-20-2014Community - Crivitz
NEWCAP Vendor Craft Sale Nov. 22

11-20-2014Community - Crivitz
Loomis Historical Christmas Potluck

11-20-2014Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Blood Drive Dec. 1

11-20-2014Community - Crivitz
LCMC Thanksgiving Service, Dinner

11-20-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Elementary Students Earn Perfect Attendance

11-20-2014Community - Coleman
Sadie Duckert is Kohl Award Nominee

11-20-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman 5th Grade Honor Roll Listed

11-20-2014Community - Coleman
Village of Pound Approves Budget

11-20-2014Front Page
Town of Peshtigo Tax Is Again 78 Cents Per $1,000

11-20-2014Front Page
Voters To Decide Offices For State, Local, Schools

11-20-2014Front Page
Suit Filed Against District, Damas, Over Cell Phone Use

11-20-2014Front Page
Marinette School Board Approves Salary System

11-20-2014Front Page
EMTs, Staff Trained for Ebola

11-13-2014Sports
Nine Maroons Bring Home All-U.P. Honors

11-13-2014Sports
Bucs Bounce Back From Sluggish Start To Take Care Of Cougars By 19 At Home

11-13-2014Sports
Plenty Of Local Hoops Talent For 2014 Buccaneers

11-13-2014Sports
Maroons Cruise Past Calumet

11-13-2014Obituaries
Harold Zimmerman Jr.

11-13-2014Obituaries
Jeanne M. Vandenbush

11-13-2014Obituaries
William L. “Tap” Tappen

11-13-2014Obituaries
Elenore T. Sladky

11-13-2014Obituaries
Leo L. Skowronek, Sr.

11-13-2014Obituaries
Anna N. Rotter

11-13-2014Obituaries
William F. Nerat

11-13-2014Obituaries
Catherine “Kate” Morois

11-13-2014Obituaries
Lilith J. Lubinski

11-13-2014Obituaries
Sylvia M. Lesperance

11-13-2014Obituaries
Helen Kostrewa

11-13-2014Obituaries
Matthew J. DeLaet

11-13-2014Obituaries
Gary W. Bardin

11-13-2014Obituaries
Bernice M. Anderson

11-13-2014Obituaries
James P. Zimmerman

11-13-2014Obituaries
Davis G. Whittier, Sr.

11-13-2014Obituaries
Roger A. Wendt

11-13-2014Obituaries
Richard M. Schultz

11-13-2014Obituaries
Margaret M. Powalka

11-13-2014Obituaries
Rebecca Ruth List

11-13-2014Obituaries
Sophie Kudelka

11-13-2014Obituaries
Ronald J. Klatt

11-13-2014Obituaries
Emma Jashinsky

11-13-2014Obituaries
Myron D. Janik

11-13-2014
Helen S. Gomske

11-13-2014Obituaries
Stephen Elson

11-13-2014Obituaries
Giles Donlevy

11-13-2014Obituaries
Larry Dausey

11-13-2014Obituaries
Ronald Brazeau

11-13-2014Obituaries
Francis M. Bernardy

11-13-2014Obituaries
Constance M. Adamek

11-13-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

11-13-2014Perspectives
From our readers

11-13-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

11-12-2014Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Craft Fair Is Nov. 22

11-12-2014Community - Wausaukee
First Quarter Honor Roll for Wausaukee Junior/Senior High

11-12-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Performing Arts Class Play is Nov. 17, 18

11-12-2014Community - Wausaukee
Benefit Fundraiser For Lori Clow Nov. 15

11-12-2014Community - Crivitz
CAWC Auction at St. Mary Hall

11-12-2014Community - Crivitz
BAMC Welcomes Gauthier to Crivitz Rehab Clinic

11-12-2014Community - Crivitz
T/ Stephenson Tax Rate Down

11-12-2014Community - Crivitz
Anglers Partnership Releases 2,100 Walleye

11-12-2014Community - Coleman
Fire Destroys Home, Business Of Veteran

11-12-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board Monthly Meet Nov. 17

11-12-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Middle School Lists Students of Month

11-12-2014Community - Coleman
Village of Pound Considers Earley, Lepinski Land Deals

11-12-2014Front Page
Benefit Holiday Tour Of Homes Dec. 5, 6

11-12-2014Front Page
Council Says “No” To School In Industrial Park

11-12-2014Front Page
Grover Approves $15 Per $100,000 Tax Hike

11-12-2014Front Page
Anderson Resigns, Pazynski Chairs Twin County Airport

11-12-2014Front Page
DHHS Joins United Way Prescription Drug Summit

11-06-2014Obituaries
Darlene A. (Luffoff) Richards

11-06-2014Obituaries
Warren Peterson

11-06-2014Obituaries
Mary L. LaPlant

11-06-2014Obituaries
Shirley Ruth Olsen

11-06-2014Obituaries
James J. Milligan

11-06-2014Obituaries
Richard B. Losse

11-06-2014Obituaries
Barbara J. Lauterbach

11-06-2014Obituaries
Arlys E. Kassner

11-06-2014Obituaries
Jeffrey A. Garvaglia

11-06-2014Obituaries
Margaret G. Cain

11-06-2014Obituaries
Rose M. Bray

11-06-2014Obituaries
Diane L. Bolander

11-06-2014Obituaries
John M. Bjorkman

11-06-2014Obituaries
Burt A. Whitlow

11-06-2014Obituaries
Sandra L. Sequin

11-06-2014Obituaries
Hazel M. Rhode

11-06-2014Obituaries
Brian R. Pusich

11-06-2014Obituaries
Elaine M. Peterson

11-06-2014Obituaries
Merrill J. Peters

11-06-2014Obituaries
Michael J. Perrigoue

11-06-2014Obituaries
Jerome Meyer

11-06-2014Obituaries
Jeffrey M. MacDonald

11-06-2014Obituaries
Kathleen J. Lerret

11-06-2014Obituaries
JoAnn M. Lauterborn

11-06-2014Obituaries
Frank Kveton, Jr.

11-06-2014Obituaries
Kenneth J. Kozak

11-06-2014Obituaries
Francis Froze

11-06-2014Obituaries
Tug Flynn

11-06-2014Obituaries
Janice Emerson

11-06-2014Obituaries
Donald G. Bice

11-06-2014Sports
Niagara Girls Advance Against Suring, Eliminated By Newmann

11-06-2014Sports
Peshtigo’s Nault & Gillett’s Herzog Pace Area Runners

11-06-2014Sports
Gillett Falls To Almond-Bancroft

11-06-2014Sports
T’Jacks Fall To Rebels In Plautz’s Final Game As Head Coach

11-06-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

11-06-2014Perspectives
From our readers

11-06-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

11-06-2014News
Vets Day Program at Crivitz School Nov. 11

11-06-2014News
“Pink” Hatters Group Formed


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Should President Obama be issuing an executive order to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants?
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
© 2000-2014
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites