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

Monday, April 13, 2020

The Mercer School Board Election


Mercer voters made the right choices in Tuesday School Board election by returning Sue Loth and Jeff Nehring to their board seats and soundly rejecting Deanna Pierpont.  The voters also elected Henry Joustra, another wise choice. 

Loth and Nehring will serve three-year terms by getting the most votes and Joustra will serve a one-year term as the third-place vote-getter. Along with Pierpont, voters also rejected Brian Baltz.

The defeat of Pierpont is good news for Mercer in that it marks an end to the clique controlled by former Administrator Erik Torkelson.  The Torkelson gang consisted of his mother-in-law Kelly Kohegyi, Denise Thompson, Micki Pierce and Noel Brandt.  Kohegyi and Thompson were voted off the board in earlier elections.  Brandt resigned when he moved away, and Pierce chose not to seek re-election in this April’s election.    Pierpont chose not to run for re-election when her term expired in April 2019, but then attempted a come-back this year.  

Even if Pierpont had been voted back on the School Board, she would have been powerless.  She would have faced the four other school board members – Bob Davis, Jim Hannemann, Loth and Nehring – and the new administrator, Sheri Kopka, who have been working diligently to clean up the Torkelson/Pierpont mess and restore honesty and transparency which were sadly lacking under the former regime.  Pierpont was committed to returning Torkelson, who has been on medical leave since last June, to his former position as administrator. 

Here is the vote count for the School Board election:

Jeffrey Nehring                  456

Sue Loth                              415

Henry Joustra                     317

Brian Boltz                          251

Deanne Pierpont                 229 


  1. More good news from the town board of supervisors’ election. Vic Ouimette was elected to the board. Now we have three sound minds on the board – Vic, Opal Roberts and Erik Snow.

  2. I'd like to know who are the 229 idiots that voted for Pierpont.

    1. Why would 229 Mercer voters want to return to a time when the kids were deprived of the proper education and their tax dollars were squandered? That’s what happened under Pierpont. Good thing there are enough intelligent people in the community to prevent her from returning to power.

  3. What is this new SB hiding? The monthly receipts and expenditures reports use to always be posted on the school’s website. But with the newly designed website the public is no longer allowed to see the reports. And we thought the new board promised transparency.

    1. Agree! Put no hiding. Here we go again!

  4. It is a requirement that the school make a copy of the receipts and expenditures available for the public to view at their monthly meeting. It is also a requirement that any citizen can obtain a copy upon request. If they are not going to post this information then make a request for it. They must provide this under the freedom of information act. Making such a request is very simple and does not require any forms, etc. be filled out.

    1. We should not have to repeat the past! If there is smoke there is fire. What are they ALL hiding?

    2. Maybe they are not hiding anything and are more focused on educating the kids at home.

    3. They're posted now.