ANTIGO - Sometimes finding qualified candidates to fill the school board can be a challenge.
But for Antigo that isn't the problem.
The school board is having trouble agreeing on who should fill an empty seat.
The board is looking for a new member because someone resigned last month.
The school board has interviewed at least seven qualified candidates.
But some members can't agree on who should fill the spot.
Donald Childs is the interim Antigo superintendent.
"There are some philosophical differences on some parts of the board members. Consequently, they see things a little differently when they interview candidates, and were unable to come to an agreement. They're going to have to find a way to compromise," says Childs.
The board disagrees on issues like the district's budget and whether it should consolidate schools.
But one thing the school board can agree on is focusing on the importance of education in Antigo.
"School boards that have come together, focused on children and on promoting a vision for the school--and what they want for the children as the exit the schools in the district--have better results," says Childs. "And higher performing students, than districts that tend to get bogged down on fights over facilities or arguments over budgets."
The school board meets again November 26. They'll try to decide on a candidate then.
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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