Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

SDR renews Central teacher's contract, district awaiting further court proceedings before future discussionsSubmitted: 05/15/2019
SDR renews Central teacher's contract, district awaiting further court proceedings before future discussions
Story By Lane Kimble

Photos By School District of Rhinelander

RHINELANDER - The School District of Rhinelander renewed a grade school teacher's contract as he faces drug-related charges in Oneida County Court.

District Superintendent Kelli Jacobi told Newswatch 12 Anthony Klein's contract was renewed Monday night, however those discussions were separate from any legal troubles Klein faces.  Klein teaches fourth grade at Central Intermediate School.

Jacobi explained contract renewals routinely happen each spring.

"His performance and contract is a completely separate thing from the court process," Jacobi said in a phone conversation Wednesday morning.


Klein, 33, was arrested March 26 after deputies found him in a "very lethargic" state in a car outside the Shell gas station on Highway 47 and County K around 7:30 p.m.

Officers described him as drowsy, moving slowly, and taking a long time to respond to questions. Klein said he had not been drinking, but noted he took his Adderall prescription at 5:30 a.m.

Deputies asked Klein to get out of the car to perform several field sobriety tests. Klein used the car door to balance himself and had a hard time standing upright, according to the criminal complaint.

He failed all three sobriety tests, including a heel-to-toe walk in which Klein didn't make proper foot contact, made a wrong turn, and counted to 12 instead of 10.

Police arrested him on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. They searched Klein and found a pill bottle with seven different prescription pills, including some narcotics like Acetaminophen Hydrocodone (a schedule II narcotic), Alprazolam (a schedule IV controlled substance), and an anti-psychotic drug.

Klein was placed on paid administrative leave on March 27. Jacobi said he is still on paid leave as of Wednesday.  Klein is in his sixth year teaching with SDR, according to his online biography.

Jacobi said further discussions about Klein's future with the district will be decided once court proceedings play out.

Klein will enter a plea to a felony narcotic drug possession and misdemeanor controlled substance possession charges May 20.


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

COLUMBIA COUNTY - An investigation clears officers after two men died in a crash following an attempted kidnapping in the Stevens Point area.

Two brothers with similar names, Ter-rance Phillit Simmons and Terrance P. Simmons, died in the crash in Columbia County in late April.

+ Read More

Play Video

ANTIGO - So far, drivers seem to like the new roundabout in Rhinelander, which opened on Tuesday.

It's one of just a few in the area, including one in Merrill and a couple in Wausau.

As drivers of cars get used to it, so do drivers of vehicles with even less room for error: semi-trucks.

CDL Instructor Tim Kordula teaches future semi drivers at Karl's Transport in Antigo.

Every class of learners gets two days of roundabout training, and every driver gets a copy of Act 139 for their cab.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERRILL - By the time girls swim season begins, cool fall weather often makes outdoor pools too cold for the sport. At an early season meet in Lincoln County Thursday, athletes got the rare chance to swim under the sky.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - You don't stop learning when you retire. Nicolet College in Rhinelander wants people who are retired, semi-retired, or even close to retiring to have fun while learning.

This is the 24th year for The Learning in Retirement program. Many people sign up for the classes. There is one person who will turn 100 in two weeks. She helped to start it all.

"We have members from 50 years old, now to 100 years old," said Nicolet College 50Plus Coordinator Brenda Peltier. "She was just spry and excited and she said, 'I started this along with a couple other people 24 years ago.'"

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Northwoods business owners gathered at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Thursday for a presentation on how to become more cyber-secure.

Director of Grow North Brittany Beyer says online threats are evolving, and it's important for businesses to stay vigilant.

"We have to think about the continuity of business now that technology is so prevalent inside of how we do business," said Beyer. "We can't forget [about] it just because we're in the Northwoods."

The dark web consists of sites where people can purchase passwords, credit card numbers, and other personal information.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Beginning class at a new school can be stressful. But two new programs in the Rhinelander School District might help with that. 

This is the first year James Williams Middle School and Rhinelander High School will host programs called WEB and Link Crew, respectively.

+ Read More

BOULDER JUNCTION - One person died in a crash between a pickup truck and a van Thursday morning in Boulder Junction.

One other person was injured.

It happened at the intersection of Highway 51 and Highway H. The van, which was crossing Highway 51, failed to stop and was hit by the truck headed south on Highway 51. Emergency responders extricated one of the drivers.

The collision is still under investigation.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: