Contract $98,000; Benefits $15,000
2nd highest paid of state's 424 admin.
Wis. DPI Supt comp. $121,307
Cost per student Mercer $25,281;
Wis. $12,942; Nation $10,667
Mercer ACT & School Report Card
scores lowest of 21 N. Wis. schools

Sunday, January 7, 2018

GREAT News for Mercer!

Call it a belated Christmas present or a wish come true.  But, whatever you call it, this is great news for Mercer school students and Mercer taxpayers. 
Karl Anderson has filed to unseat Kelly “Fifty-Shades” Kohegyi from the School Board in the spring election.   With Kohegyi gone, could her son-in-law Administrator Erik Torkelson and Board President Deanna Pierpont be next to go?
Once on the School Board, Karl would join Christa Reinert, who alone on the Board has relentlessly been fighting on behalf of the students and taxpayers for transparency and honesty.  Just as relentlessly, Torkelson, Pierpont and Kohegyi have harassed Christa every step of the way in trying to get her off of the School Board because of the danger she presents in exposing their continuing misspending and mismanagement.  
Karl is well-known and respected in the Mercer community.  At one time, he served on the Mercer School Board and was even the Board’s president.  A long-time resident of Mercer, Karl is plant manager at Mercer’s only industry, Action Floor Systems, which employs about 100 people.
Kohegyi has demonstrated numerous times that she should not be on the School Board or, for that matter, in any other public capacity.  Kohegyi gave Mercer a huge “black eye” and embarrassed the entire community by showing the sexually explicit movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” to young Mercer school girls in the back seat of her vehicle.  The debacle resulted in a page-one story in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, nationwide – indeed, international – negative notoriety in the print, broadcast and social media, and even ministers condemning the act from their pulpits.
Kohegyi’s poor judgment began with hiring her future son-in-law Torkelson without him having any previous experience as a school administrator.  That lack of experience has manifested itself many times over, including Mercer being at the bottom of all 21 northern Wisconsin schools with its ACT composite and DPI Report Card scores.  Only 12.5% of Mercer students tested are proficient in English, reading, writing, math and science.   And the Mercer School District, with its School Report Card score of 61.9 – “Meets Few Expectations” – is among the bottom 20 of all of the state’s 422 school districts.  (See MSF 12/20/17 “Test Scores Do Matter”)
It’s time for a long over due change.  Everyone needs to support Karl’s candidacy and thank him for stepping forward at a time when the Mercer School District desperately needs new, honest leadership -- and someone who can help Christa install a culture which focuses on providing high quality education in efficient and cost-effective ways.


  1. Speaking from another district I want to give kudos to Mr. Anderson for coming forward to help clean up a bad situation and a conflict of interest, namely Kelly, and trying to get Mercer School back on the right path! I`m still stunned by the scores and now maybe people will be held accountable!! God bless you Mr. Anderson!!

  2. I can't wait to see what kind of lies they spread about Karl.

    They are probably in their secret lair concocting some right now.

  3. Bravo Karl. Expect dirty tricks. The Mercer school Mafia doesn’t know how to play fair.

  4. Speaking of dirty tricks, someone, probably a member of what was called the School Mafia, was using one on Topix to criticize Anderson for a severance package given to the then administrator when he was on the school board. However, it was peanuts compared to the severance package, which could amount to more than $300,000, that Torkelson’s mother-in-law Kohegyi and Pierpont gave him in his contract. Add to that the more than $200,000 a year of Fund 80 money being mysteriously misspent and the more than $30,000 a year in unexplained charge card charges. Come on, dirty tricksters, you can do better than that.

  5. Everyone needs to step forward and support Karl’s candidacy by voting for him.

  6. Today I heard that Torkelson is now using cameras to spy on students and teachers in their classrooms without obtaining permission from those students' parents. If this is true, then it is just another example of a district administrator with too much power and a tendency to abuse it. I really, really hope that the citizens of Mercer realize how dire things have become and show up to support Karl Anderson in the school board election.

  7. I heard Torkelson is targeting the shop teacher but saying he’s trying to catch people stealing tools as an excuse for the camera hidden the shop. Torkelson has been posting the shop teacher teaching position the last 2 years. That is great leadership!

  8. Anonymous on January 8, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    I believe Stalin and Hitler did the same thing. Enough said.

    And isn't illegal to take pictures of children without the parents permission?

  9. Finally an end to the embarrassment in Mercer I hope

  10. To anonymous on January 8, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    If I had a student in the shop class, I would certainly call the sheriff about the videotaping of students. What can Torkelson possibly be doing with all those pictures of the students?

    As far as posting the shop teacher position, it says volumes that no one really wants to teach at Mercer School. The best teachers, if they do come to the school, leave shortly there after if they have an opportunity to do so.


  11. Yes it’s true about the unannounced hidden camera in the teachers room. So how does this work that the public servant Erik Torkelson and his board will not use a camera to record and post board meetings anymore, but yet can waste time and money to harass teachers he doesn’t like with a camera? Students are taught not to bully with a no tolerance policy on that, except for the grownups apparently. Torkelson’s juvenile management style has gone on too long. This is just another example of his typical passive aggressive behavior against anyone who doesn’t support his “me first” agenda.

  12. In Response to BDA on January 11, 2018 at 10:58 PM

    Several years back, a man ran for the school board whose platform warned the taxpayers of the abuses at the school.

    Many didn't beleive him. But as it turns out, he was right.