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.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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