SCHOOL FACTS
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






Thursday, January 9, 2020


The Candidates

5 FILE FOR 3 SCHOOL BOARD SEATS


Five Mercer citizens have filed for three Mercer School Board positions in the April election.  They are incumbents Sue Loth and Jeff Nehring, along with Brian Boltz, Henry Joustra and Deanna Pierpont.


First the good news.  Micki Holmstrom, the last remaining member of former Administrator Erik Torkelson’s reign, chose not to seek reelection.  This is extremely good news for the Mercer School, the students, parents and staff and the entire Mercer community.  It was Holmstrom, along with the other members of the clique – Kelly Kohegyi, Denise Thompson, Noel Brandt and Deanna Pierpont -- who gave unwitting and unconscionable support to Torkelson as thousands of dollars of taxpayer money was being wasted and misspent while the students were deprived of the education they needed.  


Holmstrom and the other four Torkelson minions backed the failed administrator as ACT scores plummeted and the Mercer School placed 422 out of the state’s 422 school district with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s School Report Card score.  


And now for the bad news.  Deanna Pierpont has filed to regain a seat on the school board.  She had been a longtime board member until she decided not to seek reelection in the Spring 2019 election. The Mercer School was blessed by her decision then not to run and is cursed now with her attempt to get back on the board.  


She was one of the signers, along with Kohegyi, Torkelson’s mother-in-law, in hiring him in 2011 without him having the qualifications or any experience as an administrator.  That was the first of many bad decision Pierpont made.  


Progress is now being made by the new administrator, Sheri Kopka, Board President Bob Davis and three other new board members. (Excluding Pierce-Holmstrom, of course.) This progress must not be reversed by electing Pierpont, who has already demonstrated that she has failed to serve the best interests of the school, the students and the community.


(More later about the other candidates.)

10 comments:

  1. We need to have serious debates for the school and town boards here in Mercer. That way us electors can have some direct info before we cast our ballots.

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  2. Can you just say there is no one worth voting for?

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    1. It doesn't appear that way.

      We would be time and money ahead and the students would benefit if they just closed this so called school down.

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  3. Henry Joustra seems like the only with the guts to do anything. Look what he turned around being the president of the chamber. He reminds me of Jim Hanneman, between Bob, Jim, and Henry, things will really change.

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  4. I agree, I have heard nothing but good things about Henry.

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  5. Electing Baltz and Pierpont would be a HUGE mistake and reverse all of positive things the new school board and administrator are achieving.

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  6. Can we get more information on Henry please?

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    1. Possibly the least offensive of those running????

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  7. Ok - enough of the negative. Do your research and VOTE. Nobody is a "perfect" person for the position. Stop looking. Your choice is 1} Ms Pierpont - been there before - didn't work out well for the district. 2) Mr. Boltz - what experience does he have with organizations? Does he have a conflict of interest? 3) Mr. Joustra - not sure? Ask people in town what he has done with involvement in the chamber and the snowmobile club. Ask all those questions and decide. BUT VOTE OR BE QUIET.

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    1. Not looking for perfect, but qualified sure would be nice. You have your opinion, I have mine.

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