TORKELSON'S COMP.-- $168,641
Salary -- $137,937; Benefits -- $30,704
(2nd highest paid of state's 424 administrators)
ACT AND DPI SCORES -- 16.6 & 61.9
(Lowest of 21 Northern WI schools)
MERCER $25,281
Wisconsin $12,842

National $10,667

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Mercer 2016-17 DPI Report Card Score – 61.9 Meets Few Expectations

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction just announced the School Report Card scores for the 2016-17 school year.  The Mercer score puts the school in the bottom 20 of all of the state’s 422 school districts.

Here's how Mercer compares to other area schools:

Mellen              78.3 Exceeds Expectations
Hurley               74.0 Exceeds Expectations
Butternut         71.0 Meets Expectations
Park Falls          70.9 Meets Expectations
Lakeland UHS  66.7 Meets Expectations
Ashland             65.1 Meets Expectations
MERCER            61.9 Meets Few Expectations


Can't beleive he still has his job said...

Hey Torkelson, are you going to hang a big banner up for this one?

Anonymous said...

Dear Mercer Community,

The time has come to demand the removal of the Mercer District Administrator. Year after year we have seen the results of his tenure including below state average ACT scores, falling state report card numbers, and a culture which breeds contempt for any who raise questions about the district. Permanent academic and behavioral damage is being done to the students of Mercer School. While it is too late for some of the older students, we must do everything possible to ensure that younger students have the chance to attain the academic success necessary to succeed in the modern world.
The District Administrator has been derelict in his duty to lead the school as the chief academic leader. He refuses to observe classroom teachers, instead opting to have unqualified individuals observe teachers and students for state required reports. He removes qualified teachers from the classroom and replaces them with friends who have no education qualifications to do the job. Finally, he regularly leaves the building unattended while still getting paid his fulltime salary and benefits.
The Mercer Community deserves better from their school. The job of District Administrator is a serious position that demands high character and dedication. It is time to give the children of Mercer the leader they need. Please come and demand answers at the school board meeting this Monday, November 27th. Only together can we change this school for the better.

Can't beleive he still has his job said...

Deanna and Torkelson, how can the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction state this?

Are you going to sue them too?

Can't believe they still have their jobs said...


Do you know when this information was made available to the school? If it was available before the last board meeting, like I think it was, then Deanna was completely out of line when she was miffed at someone stating that the school is failing.

So tell us Deanna, how does "Meets few expectations" mean "excellence" to you?

Mercer School Facts said...

A very astute observation. The School Report Card score was given to the school on Oct. 17, but not made public until Nov. 21. So Torkelson, Pierpont, Pierce and Brandt most likely knew the score when they made their disparaging remarks and launched an attack on well-meaning Mercer citizens.

Anonymous said...

Bottom of the barrel.


Anonymous said...

Time to get rid of Torkelson and his school board gang.

Anonymous said...

Don’t Torkelson and Pierpont realize that it’s over for them and the other school board stooges. Instead of persisting in their harassment of Christa Reinert they should be planning their own defense for what is coming – unauthorized pay, misuse of Fund 80 money and on and on.

Anonymous said...

You got that right. We noticed that on the agenda for this coming Monday’s SB meeting “Board Member Violation of Board Policies”. People need to show up and let these misfits know that they can’t keep wasting our school tax dollars.

Anonymous said...

If you go to Monday night’s school board meeting be sure to check your tires upon leaving. Someone put a box cutter blade in a tire of a school board/administration critic. It could have caused a serious accident. The sheriff’s office is investigating.

Anonymous said...

Good think Keplin didn’t give out the names of the concerned citizens.

Anonymous said...

Good advice. We hope no one gives out any of those 450 names of people who voted to clean up the Mercer school mess because they could be threatened with the loss of business or a job, punctured tires, mailing boxes destroyed all of which has happened.

Anonymous said...

Remember the district administrator's plan to run the referendum during the February special election date. This date is important because according to his "thesis," most of you won't be around to vote. In order to make this special election date happen, the board has to vote on it by mid-December. We all need to stay vigilant at the board meeting to see if this election is going to take place. As this is not on the current board meeting agenda, they would need to call a special board meeting sometime before mid-December to approve the referendum.

Anonymous said...

Pierce and Brandt should be kicked off the school board for violating school policy which prohibits “sexual or other forms of offensive speech and conduct… which is intolerable in an environment in which students and staff members of this District function.”

Anonymous said...

Hey, did you realize that you, too, can work for Mercer School-- In China?! Apparently Mercer School is running a side business in China? This is available for anyone who wants to apply on WECAN (the site that educators in the state of Wisconsin use to apply for jobs). How do you think this is being funded? Was this ever voted on by the school board? Good luck on your application and remember to dress for success in your interview! It's the Tiger Way! (Hopefully you can time-travel because the job apparently already started in August).

Here is the posting:

Teacher in China - Vacancy ID 7874

Vacancy Details
Position Type: Teacher
Close Date (11:59 p.m. Central): 03/31/2018
Openings: 8

Name: Mercer CertifiedDefault Contact

Position Details
Start Date: 08/28/2017
Salary/Wage: Competitive Salary and Benefits
Appointment Type: Full Time

Teach in China. Competitive Salary, annual flight allowance, performance bonus each semester, free health and accident insurance. Two years experience or TEFL/TESOL certified

Candidate Requirements
Years of Experience: 2
Degree: Bachelor
Elementary/Middle Level Education
Regular Education

Additional Requirements:
Cover Letter
Letters of Recommendation
Standard Questions

Can't believe they still have their jobs said...

Torkelson and his deplorable 4 have violated the school's "anti-bullying" policy since they adopted it.

But as usual for them it is do as I say, not as I do.

Anonymous said...

Wait a second.... you are telling me that the district is begging for more money from the taxpayers while at the same time hiring teachers to work for the district admins side business? Folks, this is unreal. As a community member who attends all school board meetings, this has never been discussed. These people need to be removed immediately. This sure smells illegal!

Cant said...

Anonymous on November 25, 2017 at 9:05 PM

I wonder how Torkelson is benefiting from this? I also wonder how he is benefiting from the board giving him the ability to sell school property for a value of up to $20,000.

NO ONE PERSON SHOULD HAVE THIS ABILITY. Just check with other schools, you'll see.