RHINELANDER - Parents can start applying for school vouchers this Thursday. From August first through ninth, parents can apply for vouchers to the school they want their kids to go to. For a family to qualify, they have to be at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level.
The Newman Catholic School District in Wausau is one local system applying for the voucher program. Newman's president says its had some interest from parents. Newman is putting together the second part of its application right now.
Zion Lutheran School in Rhinelander did not apply this year. The board for parish education wants to study the program first to see if it would be a good fit for them.
The 25 schools that receive the most interest from parents will be part of the program.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change. "I realized I had enough this is a young man's job," said Drury. Friday afternoon Drury said goodbye to a room of men who merged and became family. "Not having that is a little scary I know they'll always be our family but it's hard to leave," said Cassi. Cassi watched her dad rush off to help his community since the day she was born. "It's scary because you hear about the times things don't go right or the times fire fighters don't come home," said Cassi.
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