SCHOOL FACTS
Cost per student Mercer $26,433,
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, November 23, 2020

 

Finishing the Job

WANTED: A QUALIFIED SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE

Mercer voters have accomplished what many though would have been an impossible task several years ago, and that was ridding the Mercer School of an inept administrator and a corrupt school board.

The job is almost complete – almost except for one position on the board which is up for election this coming Spring.  The term of Hank Joustra expires, and someone who is well qualified needs to step forward and run for the office.

Candidates for the three-year term can file their Campaign Registration Statements and Declaration of Candidacy forms beginning this December 1 and have until no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, to submit them to the school district clerk.  The election will be held on Tuesday, April 6.  If more than three candidates file, a primary election will be held on Tuesday, February 16.

(A Mercer Town Board election is also coming up with the same deadlines, except that nomination papers are required.  Candidates can begin circulating their nomination papers beginning December 1, 2020, and will have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, to file them.  In that election Mercer voters will have the opportunity to replace John Sendra as town chairman.)

A purge of the old school board began with the Spring, 2017, election when voters ousted Denise Thompson and, in a subsequent election, dumped Kelly Kohegyi, the mother-in-law of former Administrator Erik Torkelson.   Another Torkelson cohort, Deanna Pierpont, left the board when her term expired, and then was soundly rejected by voters last Spring when she attempted a comeback.  The last of the Torkelson clique, Micki Pierce-Holmstrom, saw the writing on the wall and chose last Spring not to seek reelection.

We now have four well-qualified school board members and a new administrator who have been cleaning up the mess left behind by Torkelson and his “stooge board”. 

Regarding this coming Spring’s election, the deposed, former school board members or their “hangers-on” need not apply.

15 comments:

  1. Is this saying that Joustra isn’t running or that he needs to be replaced. If it means replacing him you’ve got that right because he contributes nothing to the School Board. Just watch one of its meetings and you will see what I mean.

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  2. Vic Oiumette should run for school board! His credentials speak for themselves! For Town Board and chairman who do we have that would be willing to run?

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  3. I heard that Sendra isn’t running for re-election as chairman and that Tanner Hiller is, anybody else hear that?

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    1. Just when you thought it couldn't get worse.

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    2. That would like going from bad to badder.

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    3. I heard Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny 🐰 are running for town board.😂🤦‍♂️ I find it hilarious that you keyboard warriors have so much to say about the school board and town board but rarely, if ever, show up to any meetings! You hide behind your anonymous tag and think your voice or opinions matter.(I am now) I know living in today’s cancel culture is tough and horrible, but show up to the meetings for Christ’s sake!

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    4. Anybody is better then Sendra in my opinion.

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  4. What has Hank done so poorly that someone needs to run against him? We all know why Sendra needs to be replaced. It’s hard finding good people to run for positions in a town the size of Mercer. Let’s be grateful we have younger people stepping up. I for one am supporting Hank for re-election if he chooses to run again.

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    1. If you have ever watched on Zoom Hank's performance at a school board meeting you wouldn't be voting for him. He brings nothing to the party.

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  5. Well I have not seen any academic improvements and I have 3 kids that attend Mercer school. Joustra certainly was not close to being qualified and he has added NO value except to be vulgar and confrontational. Good thing his term was only one year!

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  6. Glad to hear Sendra may not be running. The town board needs a good cleaning. In stead of analyzing the hell out of the sign ordinance let's get some bussiness in town. Look at all the empty bussiness in town. Get this horder to get rid of his junk and get a bussiness in the lumber yard and Williams electrics old building. Now we have a empty gas station " real classy". Oh wasn't mercer supposed to be the next Aspen Colorado! LOL.

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  7. Opal Robert’s should run against Joustra!

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  8. You don’t need to run for a board or be on a board to speak your mind, our constitutions 1st amendment right gives us that ability.

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    1. Since when has Mercer followed the laws?

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  9. Face the facts, this school should be closed. Let's stop beating a dead horse.

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