PHILLIPS - We're keeping you updated on school district referendums around the Northwoods. Tonight we'll tell you why the School District of Phillips is asking for more money. They have a referendum on the ballot for April second.
The referendum will ask for not more than $650,000 for five years, for operations within the district.
The Phillips School District says its responded to declining enrollment and lessening state aid by making its own cuts. That includes eliminating staff, changing health and retirement benefits, and starting energy savings projects.
"We've cut everything that we possibly can. So it's really not a clichť when we say that reductions would be devastating. We have departments with only one individual in it. If we were to reduce staff it means we're reducing programming," says Superintendent Wally Leipart.
Without the extra money the district would have to eliminate $500,000 from the budget next year, and another $200,000 each of the next four years.
For taxpayers, approving the referendum means five dollars a month, for a property valued at $100,000.
"We look at the extracurricular activities as being cut. I think some of the core programs will be impacted as well. A lot of the core stuff that you need to get into college may not be available," says Phyllis Frase, from Parents Advocating 4 Successful Schools.
There will be one last informational meeting Tuesday, March 26th at 6 PM in the middle school library. For more information please see the link below.
ANTIGO - When the Kretz family started the Kretz Lumber Company here in Antigo in 1929, they built part of the original saw mill with hemlock that grew near the property. Now, a piece of hemlock far older than that serves as a bit of the company's rich history.
On the south side of the property outside the so-called "Cabin" stands an eight-foot-tall hemlock log. A ginseng farmer in Bryant dug it up while plowing a field and thought it looked old.
UW-Madison carbon dated the log and discovered it's 1,200 to 1,600 years old. That's from about the time the Vikings started raiding Europe.
"A lot of people go back in their mind and they try to think back through history and what it would've been like," Kretz Lumber President Troy Brown said. "So that's kind of the fun part and it brings up conversations like that."
RHINELANDER - North Brown Street is now open and parking is also available. It has parallel parking spots and angled spots. Restaurants have already noticed an increase in business after the street opened late last week.
"We had very good business this weekend. We were very glad that before Friday they were opened. They opened the roads so our Friday Fishfry was back to its normal pace," said Bucketheads server Ashley Hull.
ANTIGO - In one way, Antigo Silt Loam isn't all that special.
"The reason the Antigo Silt Loam soil was selected wasn't that it represented the whole state, or exists throughout the whole state, or that it was the most productive," said Matt Ruark, an associate professor in the Soil Science department at UW-Madison.
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