PHILLIPS/ ARBOR VITAE - WOODRUFF - Most of us don't like moving, but when the move brings you closer to home with a good job, it gets a little easier.
Rick Morgan will take over as superintendent for the Phillips School District this fall. He brings 15 years of experience with him. He spent the last 5 years as the superintendent at Arbor Vitae - Woodruff School. Morgan looks forward to the move.
"It's a little bit closer to home for me. I was born and raised in Park Falls, Wisconsin. And the other part of the decision is that, here at AV-W (Arbor Vitae-Woodruff), it's not a full-time superintendent's position. I'm taking the opportunity to look for full time employment," says Rick Morgan, new Phillips Superintendent.
One challenge for Morgan will be managing the field referendums at Phillips. But he's dealt with referendums in the past.
"Well, I think anytime there's change in any of our lives, there's a little bit of the nervous feeling about how will things work but I have a lot of confidence in the experience that I've been able to gain here," says Morgan.
Morgan already wants to make a plan that fits Phillips, building budget and staff around it. But the move is still bittersweet.
"Definitely miss it. And if the school community were in a different financial situation, where a full time position would be afforded, I would never leave. It's that great of a school district," says Morgan.
Morgan will officially resign at the school board meeting tomorrow night. Then, the AV-W board must decide who they would like as a new superintendent, and if that position will be full or part-time.
TOMAHAWK - The Tomahawk School District will need to make big budget cuts in the next year. The district will need to cut more than $500,000. Rising transportation costs along with declining enrollments challenge many Northwoods School Districts.
“We have a lot of issues in Northern Wisconsin that many districts in the state of Wisconsin don't have,” says Cheryl Baker, Tomahawk School District Superintendent. “For instance in the Tomahawk School District there's about 425 and I'm rounding that off, square miles of terrain that has to be covered everyday two times a day to pick kids up, to bring them to school, and to take them home.”
“That cost is our cost,” says Baker.
The school district does not plan to cut any electives. Instead they are moving from an 8 to a 7 period day.
“We're moving from an 8 period day to a 7 period day purely for economic reasons,” says Baker. “In other words had we not gone to the 7 period day for next year we would have had to of cut entire classes, electives, and or start cutting down teachers full time positions.”
The school district will also need to cut its full time social worker.
Rhinelander intersection could get a permanent stop sign
RHINELANDER - Drivers might need to get used to a stop sign at one intersection in Rhinelander.
The City Council held a public hearing to decide if the temporary stop sign on Davenport and Sutliff should stay.
The stop sign was put up at the three-way intersection during a construction project last summer.
"We put up a temporary stop sign because we had the closure on Kemp, and we sent all the traffic this way," says Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn. "Once we had the stop sign up, a lot of people in the community started voicing support for keeping it."
Members of the community voiced their support for or against the permanent stop sign at the public hearing.
"People who live on the west side over here go straight through, it slows them down a little bit by having to do a stop sign," says Oborn. "The people on Sutliff that have to make a left or right turn, they really favor the three-way stop sign here because it makes it a lot safer for them."
The permanent signs could be in place in the next couple of weeks if the council approves the move.
RHINELANDER - Warm temperatures and lingering snow on roofs doesn't make for a good combination. Around 3 this afternoon the weight of the snow on the roof of the Elbo Room caused major damage to the building.
The awning to the building fell down onto the Brown Street sidewalk. It's important to remember to how dangerous heavy snowfall left on roofs can be this time of year.
“Well with this heavy snowfall this winter there's a lot of snow load with warm weather today the snow melting it created a lot of weight and it can damage structures with all the weight from the snow,” says Josh Schmitz, Rhinelander Fire Deptartment Deputy Chief.
No one was injured in the collapse. The fire department is not sure when cleanup will begin.
APPLETON - Law enforcement officials say they have exhausted all efforts to recover a handgun thought to be used in the shooting of a 25-year-old man in an Appleton nightclub.
That includes taking apart some of the club's plumbing system.
Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider tells Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/1kFLfi0 ) they will keep following up on leads on the gun's whereabouts but they've so far pursued it as far as they could.
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