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

Wednesday, December 23, 2020


School Board Election


Mercer residents were reminded at the December 17 School Board meeting that one board seat will be open in the April 2021 election.  Candidates for the three-year term need to file Campaign Registration Statements and Declaration of Candidacy forms no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, with 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 9.

The term of Hank Joustra expires with the 2021 election.  Joustra was elected in last April’s election to complete one-year remaining on an unfinished three-year term.

The December 17 meeting lasted two hours with broad participation by all members.  This is in stark contrast with several years ago when the former corrupt school board would meet for about 15 to 20 minutes and rarely asked questions or held any discussions. 

Among items on the agenda was the School District’s annual audit.  There were no surprises, indicating that the present School Board and administrator have been doing a good job in managing school affairs and finances. This is also in contrast to earlier years.

Board President Bob Davis reported the audit indicated that the district’s ability to borrow funds, if needed, is significant. 

Davis also said that the audit showed that the district is in compliance with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s requirements for the use of Community Service Fund 80 funds.  The district was mandated to provide detailed information about the use of Fund 80 as part of a settlement agreement between the district and the DPI. The settlement was reached after the DPI had charged that the previous administrator had misused $185,464 of Fund 80 funds. 

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