Cost per student Mercer $25,097,
Wis. $13,505, Nation $11,762
ACT comp. score Mercer 17.0,
Wis. 19.6, Lakeland UHS 20.0,
Hurley 18.7; perfect score 36.0
Mercer DPI Report Card score
lowest of all 421 Wis. districts

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A Shocking Disappointment
Just when Mercer citizens were beginning to have hope that they would have a School Board that represented the best interests of the students and the community¸ a bombshell was dropped at Tuesday night’s meeting.  Karl Anderson resigned his seat on the Board without any explanation.
Until Monday’s meeting, composition of the Board was up for grabs. It consisted of Anderson, newly elected members Jim Hannemann and Bob Davis and Micki Pierce-Holmstrom.  Anderson and Hannemann wanted to restore sadly lacking honesty and transparency to management of the school, the allegiance of Bob Davis is unknown and Micki Pierce-Holmstrom is controlled by Administrator Erik Torkelson.
The Board was faced with appointing someone to fill a seat vacated in April by Noel Brandt.  Now, it has two vacant seats which the three-member Board will need to fill until the Spring, 2020, election.  Brandt’s three-year term would have expired in 2020 and Anderson would have had one year remaining on his term. This means that Brandt’s three-year term and Anderson’s one-year term will be up for election in the Spring.

Anderson was elected to the Board in the Spring, 2018, election, defeating Kelly Kohegyi.  Kohegyi was voted off the Board because of her conflict of interest as  mother-in-law of Administrator Torkelson and as a result of the scandal that erupted over her showing the sexually explicit movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” to young Mercer schoolgirls.
Anderson bonded with Board member Christa Reinert in a struggle with three members controlled by Torkelson.  Two of three, Brandt and Deanna Pierpont, are no longer on the Board.  However, Reinert was defeated in her bid for reelection this Spring as a result of a smear campaign conducted by Torkelson followers. During her first three-year term Reinert worked diligently to expose poor academic performance, misuse of school tax dollars, unwarranted pay to the administrator and other improprieties.
If Anderson had remained on the Board he and Hannemann would have a chance to add a third appointed member supportive of cleaning up the administrative mess.   


  1. Who was the guy at the school board meeting who after having it explained to him twice still didn’t comprehend that school board meetings are public meetings and Wisconsin statutes allow – encourage – audio and video recording of such meetings? No one else had a problem understanding it. He should kept away from the school and away from school board meetings.

  2. It's a shame the people of Mercer are so stupid! They let a good guy slip through their fingers! I guess he was tired of the BS!