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.
NORTHWOODS - Children went back to school across the Northwoods Tuesday. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for anything.
Emergency workers say it's important to have a plan in place for all possible emergency situations. That plan should include emergency contacts, safe meeting locations, and emergency kits in homes and cars. Officials say taking time to plan and practice is crucial.
"Look at things before it happens," says Dawn Robinson, Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant. "Make sure your family, your loved ones, your neighbors, make sure everyone has a plan and practice those plans. That way when something does happen, it becomes more, that you know what to do, so be prepared as much as possible, and practice."
Part of being prepared is communication and knowing who to contact. Officials encourage parents to make sure that schools have up-to-date emergency contact information, especially for small children.
MERRILL - The school bells rang Tuesday morning for students across Wisconsin.
Another school year has begun with kids looking forward to a new year.
It also means that drivers should be on the lookout around schools.
In Merrill, police keep a close watch around school zones the first few weeks of class.
Speed limits drop dramatically as drivers enter school zones.
Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff says it's important to be especially observant this time of year.
"Especially the first week or two of school because kids are excited, and maybe not so excited, about getting back to school," Neff said. "They're thinking about their friends and maybe not paying attention to traffic."
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