TORKELSON COMP. $146,359
Contract $98,000; Benefits $30,000
Wis. DPI Supt. comp. $121,307
Cost per student Mercer $20,146,
Wis. $12,942, Nation $10,667
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 422 Wis. schools





Wednesday, November 6, 2019


 

The DPI Investigation
ANOTHER MERCER TEACHER SURRENDERS HER LICENSE

A second Mercer teacher has ended up without her teaching license in the aftermath of a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction investigation into “test administration and scoring”. 

The DPI website containing teacher licensing information listed the “License Status” for Irene Deborah Rice as “Voluntary Surrender as of 10/29/19”.  An earlier listing for Rice on the website showed her “License Status” as “Under Investigation”.

The only known investigation by the DPI was for Mercer’s “test administration and scoring”.  The DPI had announced to the news media on several occasions that it was conducting the investigation.  The DPI also acknowledged the investigation in responses to citizen requests for public records. 

Rice retired as a Mercer teacher while the DPI investigation was ongoing. 

Earlier, Mercer teacher Deborah Hohner surrendered her license after the DPI said she was “under investigation”.  She submitted her resignation from the Mercer teaching staff.

But the DPI investigation may not be over.  The original complaints allegedly identified others who may have been involved. 

Mercer School Board President Bob Davis acknowledged the DPI investigation into “testing improprieties” at the school district’s October 28 annual meeting and said that it had a “significant impact on our district”.  He also said that “the district itself is still in the process of finalizing results of its own investigation…and has already taken actions regarding testing procedures to assure the integrity of the testing of its students and in meeting all compliance requirements”.

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13 comments:

  1. Wow. Get to the bottom of it all and clean house Mr. Davis.

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  2. So who will be next? It’s hard to believe that these two teachers did what they did without being instructed to do so.

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    1. How many reasons do you need? Misusing fund 80 to line his pockets and the pockets of his favorites. Horrible ACT and school report card scores. Paying himself far in excess of what his contract allowed. Etc. etc. etc.

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    2. Even if Torky was not involved, it happened on his watch. Another good reason he should not be allowed back in the school.

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  3. There is no doubt in my mind that Torky was pulling the strings.

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  4. I don't understand what the board is waiting for. Put him on notice that his perpetual contract will not be renewed. I believe that this was yet another gift from his mother-in-law, Kelly "50 Shades" Koheygi.

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  5. THE NEW SCHOOL BOARD AND ADMINISTRATOR IS MAKING PROGRESS IN CLEANING UP TORKELSON’S MESS. PLEASE KEEP HIM OUT!!!

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  6. There comes a point in time when some things are just not able to be fixed. Mercer School is long past this point.

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  7. Oh, but the other side would say this is another gross exaggeration of the facts. Give me a break.

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  8. Mr. Davis sounds like he is doing his job! Good for him!! It's not a good idea to have Torkelson back!! He will poison what is going in the right direction now! Get together people and don't let things go backwards!!!

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  9. The board is doing their job? Good job Davis! REALLY people. This board renewed Hohner's contract meanwhile knowing she was under investigation by the dpi. Oh and let's remember the DPI asked for voluntary revocation not the board president who renewed her contract. This current board gave Torkelson an extended year of medical leave. For what? To give this unworthy person his job back. Then there's Fund 80, this board comtinues to support the additional tax on all tax payers to provide free daycare to less than 10 children costing all of us $10s of thousands of dollars per kid. REALLY! OH, then there's the budget which has a substantial increase in administration/maintenance. Do u people know why? Because the janitors, business managers, administrative assistant, office manager were all PAID OUT OF FUND 80. And now they can't b paid because of the dpi audit, like a previous board member said people were illegally paid $100,000s of thousands over the 8yrs of Torkelsons tenure. And Davis and the new board appointed Kopka-new administrator's daughter to oversee TEST TAKING! BUT THINGS R CHANGING!! FUNNY except it's not, it's pathetic.

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    1. Do the humane thing and close the school already. It's best for the taxpayers but first and foremost it's best for the students.

      Then this community can finally move on.

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  10. Hold on, do I understand this correctly? The teacher cheats on tests, then retires, and only has to surrender her license? A license she isn't using?

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