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.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
MERRILL - People on the west side of Merrill will need to put up with the sound of construction this summer. What was once an empty lot will now be the site of the Stonebridge Apartments. The apartments are a new source of affordable housing in Merrill and should be complete by the late summer.
When you're looking at Park Place apartments in Merrill, you might confuse the building with something else.
"I think Park Place looks like a 1970s dormitory at UW Madison," said Merrill Area Housing Authority Executive Director Paul Russell.
But a new apartment complex being built just across the street is going to offer a different look.
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