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 - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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