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 filmmaker makes movies for the big screen
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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