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

Saturday, December 7, 2019

 Let There Be Light

“A good relationship starts with good communications,” as the saying goes.”

And good communications have been started by Bob Davis, president of the Mercer School Board, the new board members and interim Administrator Sheri Kopka.  Unfortunately, not many people are aware of it.

But there is a solution.  Resume video recording the monthly school board meetings and post them on the school’s website within days of the meetings.

Davis has given excellent president reports at the district’s annual meeting and at monthly school board meetings, which is the first time in years that there has been transparency.  He has discussed school issues of concern, something that was never allowed during the reign of former Administrator Erik Torkelson. 

Monthly board meetings video recordings were routinely placed on the school’s website until the 2017 annual meetings when one school board member shouted obscenities and another charged menacingly at a senior citizen who was speaking about the school’s “pathetic” ACT scores.

Deanna Pierpont, school board president at the time, said she erased the video and told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that it was because, “I didn’t like what I saw.”  She was later criminally charged with destruction of a public record.    In an unprecedented action, the charge was mysteriously dismissed by Circuit Judge Patrick Madden, since deceased.

The monthly school board meetings are sadly attended by usually no more than a couple dozen people.  The Iron County Miner does a good job in reporting the meetings and this blogsite highlights significant issues.  But many Mercer citizens who do not attend the meetings for one reason or another are kept in the dark. 

Resuming video recording of the meetings would help solve that problem.

Its purpose is to report news and information – facts – about Mercer School Board and Administration issues and overall school academic performance.  It is intended to keep Mercer citizens aware of the management and inner workings of the school.  It is not a school newspaper; therefore, it will not report school sports events or individual student or teacher activities/accomplishments.  MSF pledges that all news reports will be thoroughly researched and supported by school, state and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction documentation.


  1. With Torkelson gone we thought we would get some honest grading of the kids. According to the Miner, 7 Mercer seniors were on the high honors list and 2 on the honors list for the first quarter. So 9 of the 10 seniors were on the honor roll. How can this be when in the ACT tests 7 were not proficient in ELA (English Language Arts), 9 were not proficient in math and 8 were not proficient in science? Something’s wrong here.

    1. Could it be that unlike the school, the ACT exam gives them only 1 chance to do it right? No extended due dates, no million + 1 chances to do it over?

      Or does the ACT exam set the bar much higher than the week curriculum at Mercer School?

      Or is it both?