RHINELANDER - Leaders at the Rhinelander School District hope a new clinic will keep teachers and the districts bottom line healthier.
The school held a ribbon cutting Tuesday afternoon at the new clinic.
School leaders say the clinic will help the district's health costs.
Marta Kwiatkowski, Director of Business Services, says that will save taxpayers money.
"This will be a great service to our employees," Kwiatkowski said. "It will help save the district money but ultimately its going to keep our employees in school and decrease the absenteeism."
The center is only open to staff and families covered under the district's health plan.
Kwiatkowski says the district spends about $5 million in health care coverage. She says about one fifth of those costs came from claims and health care usage at facilities that are more expensive, like emergency rooms,than what the new clinic can provide at a cheaper cost.
The facility will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
It will also be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
The district says the on-site clinic will reduce absenteeism, reduce school district insurance costs, enhance productivity of the school district employees and provide long term cost savings.
A provider will be on-site for 12 hours per week.
The School Board President Ron Counter hopes the clinic can become a model for other businesses and health organizations in the Northwoods.
"It's my hope that the community will take a big look at this," Counter said. "And if it's accessible it will spread through the other employers in the community."
The new clinic is part of a collaboration with Aspirus. The clinic is named as the Aspirus School District of Rhinelander Clinic
PRESQUE ISLE - The art of violin making dates back hundreds of years, and Brian Derber is carrying on the tradition. He wanted to go into furniture making, but fell into instrument design after taking a class in college. In 1999, he opened his own school. It's the only violin making school in Wisconsin.
"The program itself is modeled after a German school of violin making," said New World School of Violin Making Owner Brian Derber. "Students have to fulfill a certain requirement before they can apply to graduate. So the minimum time they are with me is three years."
Students start out by making the body of a violin in their first year. As they progress, they add the scroll and varnish, which can take months for students to finish. Nearing the end of their stay, they can even try to make a cello.
"In the time that I have with students in the school here, I can only give them so much, and then it's time for them to go someplace else and get more knowledge," said Derber.
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