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

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Special Meeting


A special meeting of the Mercer School Board has been called for 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, to discuss the “District Administrator Status/capacity”. 

The Board apparently will try to temporarily fill the administrator position due to the illness of Administrator Erik Torkelson.  Although no official notice of Torkelson’s illness has been made public it is generally known that he had stroke resulting in some paralysis.

The Board will discuss filling the vacancy in a closed session.  It will then return to an open session to give a summary of what was discussed in the closed session and vote upon any action required.  It will also hold an open discussion on the “District Administrator position potential ‘Pro-Tempore’ path forward”.

The School Board presently consists of only three members:  Bob Davis, Jim Hannemann and Micki Pierce-Holmstrom.  It is expected to fill the two vacant Board seats at a 5 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, July 30.


  1. Let’s hope that the board is wise enough to select someone who has no connections with the school so we can get an objectives approach to the spending, budgeting and academic problems.

  2. I think now that Judge Madden is deceased, Tingstad should pursue felony charges against Deanna Pierpont, Kelly Kohegyi, Denise Thompson, Micki Pearce Holstrom, and Noel Brandt! The sheriff`s department should continue another investigation into the signing of the May 1st 2018 School Board letter and the destruction of a public record! It has been said that some of these people that were on the board knew the judge quite well and that`s why they were able to get the charges dismissed!!