RHINELANDER - The School District of Rhinelander will have new leadership next year.
But the list of potential candidates is long, which means they're starting from square one.
Community engagement, financial responsibility and student achievement.
Those are some of the main values the School District of Rhinelander is looking for in a new superintendent.
Tonight's meeting started the hiring process for the new superintendent.
The current superintendent, Roger Erdahl, retires June 30th
Fifteen candidates have applied for his position so far.
Tonight's goal was defining what qualities in a candidate best reflect the school district.
"I think it's a good process that we're embarked on, I don't think it will take an over extenuating amount of time and I think in the end we'll have the best possible candidate for the Rhinelander School District," said School Board President Ron Counter.
The district brought in a consulting firm to assist in the search process.
That cost 9 thousand dollards.
School Board President Ron Counter says that cost has no effect on the $3 million per year referendum the district is asking for.
"We've been planning the superintendent search for a while in fact prior to going into referendum so the money was already outlaid and it won't have a direct effect on next year's budget, it will be taken out of this year's budget," said Counter.
The school board begins the interviewing process in February.
The public is invited to those interviews to observe.
The board will choose a candidate by March with the new superintendent starting July 1st.
For months people around Squash Lake near Rhinelander have debated who should pay what to have DNR divers clear Eurasian Water Milfoil. This morning, the Crescent Town Board passed a resolution to approve forming a Squash Lake District. But some people who live near the lake aren't sure they want a district. Tonight you'll hear from people on both sides of the issue.
An anonymous woman donated $10,000 to go towards a new dog park in Rhinelander. We talked to a dog park advocate to find out what the donation means for the project.
And the Antigo Red Robins put up 56 points in winning their playoff opener against Fox Valley Lutheran last Friday. But the road only gets more difficult from here. We'll take you to the Robins' practice tonight as they get ready for tomorrow's Level 2 game.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
MERRILL - People know Helene's Hilltop Orchard in Merrill as the place to go to get your fall season fix.
The pie makers and apple peelers come in early to crank out caramel apple pies fresh throughout the day.
When people come to Helene's, they are usually greeted by the smell of the pies before they even see them.
"I love being out in the parking lot when people step out of their cars and smell the air. It doesn't smell like a lot of other farms. It's distinctly the cinnamon sugar you smell," said Helene' Hilltop Orchard baker Olivia Telschow.
Helene's is only open for six weeks from mid-September to late October; however, Telschow works alongside her mother Helene throughout the entire year.
Even in the winter, the apple orchard is checked on.
"February is pruning season. Think of me when it's minus ten and it's snowing and windy and snow drifts because I will be out there," said Telschow.
The orchard is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 30th.
Helene's will close Sunday for the season, but pies will be available to order for Thanksgiving.
CRANDON - Kids learn math and English in school, but this evening, the Crandon school district taught their students how to stay drug free. All year long, the school has been promoting values such as respect and forgiveness and tonight was no different.
The Red Ribbon Walk started at the courthouse and then went to Crandon High School. Along the way, walkers saw signs with facts about living a drug free life. No matter how young the students were, they still heard the message loud and clear.
"It's really good for the youth because they can see not to do drugs. To have this event, it should be about a fun experience and it's really good for kids," said 5th grader Bryce Marshall.
Even with the cold temps and rainy weather, there was still a great turnout. After the walk, there was a presentation by motivational speaker Mike McGowan to really push the message of staying drug free.
"I think it's important that we bring forward all the reasons why drugs are bad for kids. They know drugs are bad but how does it affect their lives?" said Crandon parent and teacher Agnes Keller.
The Red Ribbon walk was just one of many events that the school will have over the year to show students how to live out good, positive values.
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