LUHS principal calls state bill to fund school security measures a "great opportunity"Submitted: 03/27/2018
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek

LUHS principal calls state bill to fund school security measures a
Lakeland Union High School brought in more police officers, and even toyed with the idea of metal detectors, after two student threats last month. The school might find more money to help boost its security thanks to lawmakers.

Governor Scott Walker signed a bill that provides 100 million dollars  for schools to invest in new safety measures. Lakeland Union High School Principal Jim Bouche said his first thought when he heard the bill passed was "Thank you." 

He says the district has already invested in several security measures like cameras, and completing background checks on all guests that come into the school.

"For the state to take a look at this as being a very important part of education today, I think it's a great opportunity for all of us to buy into," said Bouche. 
Bouche says LUHS has been looking into metal detectors, door jams, and other, newer safety measures for the district. But he says most of those things are costly, so support from the state could make getting those systems more feasible.

"I think this is going to give principals and superintendents an opportunity to look at what's out there. This is a definite positive step in the right direction for safety and security for our students and staff," said Bouche. 

The added bonus according to Bouche, is that the state's financial help could allow schools the ability to put more money into the classroom.

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RHINELANDER - A man died after a house fire in Rhinelander on Friday night.

According to a press release from the Rhinelander Police Department, Rhinelander police and firefighters responded to the fire at 320 Rose Street near Hodag Park around 7:30 p.m.  

Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found an unresponsive man on the floor.  Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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A 16-year-old girl is missing from Sawyer County according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Angel Marie Simonson is reported as an endangered missing person. She is a white female, 5'7", and 220 lbs. 

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THREE LAKES - After 30 years, Dr. George Karling decided it's time to retire as the Three Lakes District Administrator.

He plans to leave after the school year ends, but the school board is already preparing to find his replacement.

Early next month, the Three Lakes School District will host two input sessions for the public.

Three Lakes residents can go to give their opinions on what they want in a replacement. 

Karling's decision to retire comes about a month after he faced criticism for allowing the district to be featured in a campaign ad for Gov. Scott Walker. 

People who can't make it can still send their thoughts to the Three Lakes Board of Education. People can submit comments by writing to:

Board of Education, Three Lakes School District
6930 West School St. 
Three Lakes, WI 54562 

or email: tr@threelakessd.k12.us.

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RHINELANDER - Kids ran throughout the Woodpecker Bar and Grill in Rhinelander on Saturday for the third annual Harvest Hoedown.

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WOODRUFF - Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport hosted a fun-filled day for family and friends on Saturday.

This comes about five months after one of its helicopters crashed, killing three Spirit employees.

Regional manager Charles Kotke said those men were in mind today,

"Today is a day of bringing people together, as well as a celebration of our 25 year anniversary," said Kotke. "This team did an amazing job getting us back to caring for our patients and doing what we need to do to care of our community."

Flight paramedics showed off the aircrafts to people and the helicopter was a big hit.

"They definitely like to look at the aircrafts. See how we transport patients from point A to point B," said Northern Region Supervisor Ryan Short.

Next Saturday, Spirit is celebrating with more associates. The second part of the celebration will be in Stevens Point.

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