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

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Going Where It Didn't Belong


The Mercer Town Board went where it did not belong,  poking its nose into a strictly Mercer School issue and  being taken to task for it.  The incident involved a  school fracas which the Town Board attempted to discuss in an open meeting, and which possibly would have been in violation of federal and state laws.  

It seems that some students got into the fracas at the school.  The Mercer School Board was properly handling the matter when the Town Board decided to get involved.  It is uncertain who on the Town Board wanted the matter discussed, but Town Chairman John Sendra usually makes those decisions.

“It blew my mind,” was the response of Mercer School Board President Bob Davis that the Town Board had considered the matter.  “Anything happening in the school could potentially become a student record which is protected by federal law, by a number of laws,” Davis said at the School Board’s December 16 meeting.

“Having the Town Board commenting on an incident happening in the school is a very bad place to go,” Davis added. “Any incident that occurs at the school will be handled properly and that particular incident was handled properly.  I have a lot of confidence in the system here as being able to handle such situations.”   

Even Town Board Supervisor Erik Snow was miffed that the subject was brought up at a Town Board Meeting.  Snow, an Iron County deputy sheriff, was reported to have lectured the other Town Board supervisors by saying that addressing the issue was totally improper and out of place.


  1. It is hard to believe that there are not more competent people to vote into office in Mercer.

    What is wrong there?

  2. Good-put in their place as they should be. They have their own mess going on right now.

  3. It is refreshing to see that the new school board and administrator are handling these matters in the proper and legal way. Under the former administrator such a situation would have been swept under the rug and the school board would not even have been told about it.

  4. Talk about poking noses where they don’t belong, Kelly Kohegyi, Denise Thompson and Denna Pierpont did just that at a recent Town Board meeting. They don’t have any credibility after totally screwing up the school. They allowed thousands of our school tax dollars to be wasted and misspent and they kept on an administrator (Kohegyi’s son-in-law) who was incapable of providing the education the kids deserved. They should take the advice they have given others and that is “GET OUT OF TOWN.”