Merrill School Board Candidates Want to Move Forward
Story By Hayley Tenpas
MERRILL - Some big changes could be coming to a school near you.
The school district of Merrill will have a new Superintendent next year. Come April 2nd they'll have a new school board too. Candidates in the school board race are ready to fight for one of the three open spots.
We spoke with four of the six candidates and the tone was the same.
They want to move the district forward.
"The past is the past, let's move forward and move on," said candidate Norbert Ashbeck.
" I want to make sure that our district, is able to move forward and into the 21st century," said candidate John Schull.
They are two of the six candidates vying for a spot on the Merrill School Board.
Others include former school board president Jeff Verdorn, incumbent Chuck Bolder, current school board president Lin Kautza, and newcomer Linda Yingling.
"I understand that there have been divisions on the school board in the last few years," said Schull.
Merrill's school board has struggled with issues in the past, including political divisions.
"My biggest concern is stability with the board. I think we got to learn to work together and if you don't agree with the majority result, we don't need to be bantering about it in the newspaper," said Bolder.
An open minded board could make tackling issues like a budget crisis easier.
"There's going to be a continual problem over the next years with declining enrollment and we'll be losing thousands of dollars each year," said Schull.
That's something the district can't afford. It had to close a 1 point 5 million shortfall for this school year.
"I would make every effort to try and find monies in the system to keep the system quality and at a high standard without raising taxes," said Ashbeck.
The candidates want to move forward, but they can't do it without the voters.
"I just hope that people in the community vote for a good school board," said Bolder.
ST. GERMAIN - The last day of Pig in the Pines wrapped up Saturday. People were able to watch the rib eating contest in the afternoon.
Newswatch 12 got to help judge ribs from this year's four rib vendors. One of the big events happened on the main stage Saturday evening.
"We have entertainment all day long," said St. Germain Chamber President Bruce Weber. "We have the Wise Guys on our main stage. We have Laura Ernst on the aerial platform here. She also does juggling. On our major stage, we have One Ping Only, and we also have Molly Hatchet, our lead act tonight."
The Pig in the Pines volunteers had another big announcement to make. The event will be sticking around next year with some changes.
WISCONSIN - Anyone who loves hunting and fishing will need to apply for a license. The deadline for some hunting and fishing licenses is August 1st at 11:59pm.
Hunters, trappers and spearers can go on the DNR website to apply.
"This is the time of year where not a lot of people are thinking about hunting, but that August 1st date is that date for applying for a bobcat, fisher or otter tag, sharp tag grouse, or sturgeon spearing or fall turkey," said DNR Warden Supervisor David Walz.
People may not be thinking about hunting during the summer. DNR workers say the process is very easy for people to apply.
WISCONSIN - The DNR set new rules for tagging deer hit by a car. The new rules remove local law enforcement from the process.
You no longer have to call police to get a tag issued for a deer carcass, if you want to take it home after an accident.
"The new policy for the DNR shows that you just have to dial a number in order to get a tag issued for a deer on the side of the road instead of having to call a dispatcher to get a deputy on scene," said Oneida County Sheriff's Department Dispatch Brandi Gray.
This has to be done before taking the deer from the scene. The person who hit the deer has the right to take it, but if they don't want the deer, anyone can have it.
ONEIDA COUNTY - Invasive species specialists work hard to protect our environment, but a few lakes in Oneida County aren't doing as well as experts would like.
Aquatic experts have found invasive species in four new Oneida County lakes this summer. Those discoveries are not great signs for the health of the environment, but the numbers also aren't as bad as years ago, when specialists might have found acres of an invasive species in some lakes. The new discoveries, though, are still troubling.
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