PHILLIPS - When students go to Phillips Elementary School, their classroom might be heated to only 60 degrees. It could also be 80 degrees.
The heating system is old enough that consistency is nearly impossible, and fixes are tough.
"We can't get parts [anymore] for a lot of the heating systems," said Principal Dave Scholz.
Underneath the school on Thursday, he pointed to the support structure.
"You can see all of the floor joists," he said. "Most of them are rotting right out. A lot of breaking off."
The oldest part of the school was built in the late 1950s. It shows.
"Here, we've got a sink that they had to tape off because the plumbing is so bad that it doesn't drain anymore," said Scholz, motioning at a water fountain.
Now, the School District of Phillips wants to do something about its aging elementary school. On Monday, the school board voted to put a referendum question on April's ballot. It will ask for $12.6 million to demolish the oldest parts of the elementary school and build new parts.
"We are not looking at a Cadillac package. We're looking at what our needs are, and keeping it to those needs," Scholz said.
The major request comes two months after a major celebration. Last fall, the U.S. Department of Education recognized Phillips Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon School. Just a quarter of one percent of schools in America have the distinction.
"We are a Blue Ribbon School," Scholz said. "We'd like to have a blue ribbon facility to follow up with the Blue Ribbon School."
Homeowners would have to pay about $180 for each $100,000 of property they own. People in Phillips will vote on the referendum question on April 3.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
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