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, May 7, 2020

A Community-Wide Survey


In a seemingly bold but much needed action, the Mercer School District’s new administrator, Sheri Kopka, is seeking parent and community feedback by way of a comprehensive survey.  “Seemingly bold” because the former administrator, Erik Torkelson, would have never allowed such well-meaning input.

Much like the Strategic Planning Committee Kopka has formed, the thought of a parent and community survey indicates a dramatic positive change from the earlier denial of parent and community involvement in school affairs. 

The idea of such community involvement is not new.  It had been proposed by earlier candidates for the School Board and former School Board members.  

What also remains to be done by Kopka and the new School Board to restore long- absent transparency is to conduct a periodic survey of graduates.  This, among other things, would provide valuable information regarding the appropriateness of the school’s curriculum and the quality of teaching.

Also, in order to keep the community better informed, the School Board and Kopka need to resume video recording School Board meetings and placing them on the school’s website. This was done routinely prior to the turbulent October 30, 2017, annual school district meeting.  After that meeting former School Board President Deanna Pierpont not only destroyed the meeting’s video recording (a public record) but then arbitrarily ordered a stop to recording future meetings thus depriving community members of valuable information.

Important to the transparent act of seeking input from surveys is that the results be made public once the research is completed and tabulated.  This remains to be done by Kopka and the School Board regarding the recent parent and community survey.

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  1. Point #1, do a follow up survey to former graduates from 5 to 15 years ago.
    Point #2, Close this money pit and do the right thing for the students and taxpayers.

    And now you know.

    1. I have to agree, close the school, it is counter productive to the students futures.