WAUSAU - The last thing a parent wants to hear is their child's school could possibly close, but that's what one alternative school in northern Wisconsin is facing.
Students and teachers at Storefront Learning Center in Wausau are livid.
Their alternative high school could possibly close if they don't get the funding to keep their doors open.
The could happen as soon as June.
The North Central Community Action Program funds the school.
They had a lot of budget cuts, but unfortunately Storefront was apart of it.
The director of Storefront Learning Center, Mary Jaax, has been working there for over 40 years.
"Our budget is very minimal. So to be told there's not enough money to run this program, it was very disappointing and very surprising because if you don't educate children, it will cost way more" Jaax said.
Their main concern is to make sure the students graduate at the end of the year.
Students like Austin Betts feels more comfortable at storefront than any other high school.
"I think just like the relations with everybody. The teachers are a lot more close," said Betts.
"You can talk to the teachers pretty much about anything. Just the comfort ability here, I feel a lot more welcomed."
The school has approached some of the local foundations who are willing to help them out.
Storefront will do everything they can to raise money to keep the school running.
If the school does close, the director says she will do her best to work with public school system to get them into another alternative school.
EAGLE RIVER - Soccer players may need to wait for the snow on their fields to melt. But they know cabin fever is starting to set in, and it's the perfect time to capitalize on it.
The 7th annual Cabin Fever Indoor Soccer Tournament kicked off today at Northland Pines High School. The event raises money for the schoolís boy's and girl's soccer teams.
"This was an opportunity to have an indoor soccer program so the kids can do something in the winter," says tournament director Steve Gilbert. "There was a need for a fundraiser so we thought why not have a tournament. There are other tournaments in the region, why not have one here with this tremendous facility that we have here at Pines."
Nearly 100 5th through 8th graders played in the co-ed soccer matches. Their participation makes it possible for the team to buy new equipment.
"It allows us to buy things that maybe the school can't afford to buy for them, so different types of warm-ups, equipment out on the field," says Gilbert. "One time we bought a camera for them so we could film their games. So it's going to good causes."
RHINELANDER - Wisconsinís attorney general enforces and defends laws made by the state, but one of Wisconsinís candidates for the position believes his opponents will only pick and choose.
Right now Republican Candidate Brad Schimel, Waukesha County district attorney, faces three Democrats, Rep. Jon Richards, Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne. Richards represents a portion of Milwaukee in the State Assymbly. Happ is the Jefferson County District Attorney. Ozanne is the Dane County District Attorney.
Schimel says some of his opponents, especially Richard will only enforce laws they agree with.
"That's problematic and I believe that's not what the attorney general should be doing, that's a crusade, that's a policy maker," Schimel said. "If Rep. Richards wants to do that then he should stay in the legislature."
Richards has been in the Legislature since 1998.
Newswatch 12 asked him Friday if he would pick and choose laws to enforce.
He said heíd look at the constitution to determine how he would enforce laws in Wisconsin.
"I can grantee you there are plenty of laws that I voted against that I will end up enforcing and making sure that we implement," Richards said, "And there are some laws that I think clearly violate the U-S constitution or the state constitution and we'll be taking a hard look at those."
Democratic candidates Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne were not available before running this story.
Richards was touring the Northwoods Friday talking to media and district attorneys in the area.
The Democratic primary is set for August 12th. Election day is Nov. 4, 2014.
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