Northland Pines

Two Longtime Northland Pines Board Members Retire

Mar 23, 2018
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Two new faces will be on the Northland Pines school board after the next election when current board chairwoman Holly McCormack and John Sarama chose not to run.

At the board meeting last Monday both indicated it was well worth their time to be on the Northland Pines school board. District Administrator Mike Richie said it “was a sad day to lose two outstanding board members each with nine years of service to the district.”

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“Teachers are trained to teach!”

That statement from Northland Pines school district administrator Mike Richie is  his view on suggestions teachers should be able to carry firearms as a result of the recent shooting in Florida that killed 14 students and three staff members. 

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A report on bullying and random drug testing to the Northland Pines school board found a total of 12 bullying incidents and nine random drug tests with all drug tests negative.

Bullying increased slightly from the previous school year with a small decrease involving students with disabilities. During the prior school year there were nine incidents of bullying with six involving kids with disabilities. This past year there were 12 incidents with five involving students with disabilities. Three students with special needs were victims and two with special needs were offenders.

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A bill circulating in Madison to eliminate the mandatory post-September 1st school start has a seen opposing viewpoints from Northwoods Chambers of Commerce.

The bill would allow school districts to begin school without having to wait until the end of the traditional summer season which is closer to Labor Day.

Executive Director of the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, Theresa Smith, says people in the tourism industry need the last few days of August to help their businesses.

She says they already take a hit when Chicago schools start in August..

Northland Pines To Enroll International Students

Feb 7, 2017
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Northland Pines school district has received notification they have been officially qualified to enroll international students for grades 10, 11, and 12 in partnership with the Wisconsin International Student Program and Nicolet College, according the district administrator Mike Richie.

This will allow students from all over the world being invited to attend Northland Pines high school and Nicolet College, earning dual credits transferable to the UW system in their junior and senior years, Richie said.

Pines Early School Start Denied

Jan 25, 2017
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The Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction (DPI) officially notified the Northland Pines School District their petition to start school prior to September 1 next fall has been denied.

The school wanted to start Monday, August 28. DPI director of content and learning team, Rebecca Vail, explains "approval is linited under the statute to 'extraordinary reasons' defined in the administrative code."

Northland Pines Asks State For Earlier Start Date

Dec 20, 2016
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Pointing to local control, the Northland Pines school board Monday night approved sending a resolution to the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction (DPI) "officially requesting approval to commence the school term prior to Sept. 1 . . . in determining the school calendar."

District administrator Mike Richie told the board he was not ready to recommend going against the state law that mandates local school districts to start classes on Sept. 1 or later. "I'm not willing to put the district in jeopardy that we would be breaking the law," Richie said.

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Northland Pines School District in Eagle River will likely welcome international students on campus beginning next fall.

The Wisconsin International Student Program (WISP) is a partnership between Northland Pines School District, Nicolet College and the University of Wisconsin System.

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After months of discussion the Eagle River city council Thursday formally annexed the Northland Pines school district property along Pleasure Island Road into the city adding about 80 acres from the town of Lincoln.

Northland Pines To Vote On School Start Date Waiver

Nov 30, 2016
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The Northland Pines school board appears ready to develop a request for a waiver from the state Dept. of Public Instruction (DPI) to start school earlier than September 1 next year after surveying parents and businesses for input.

District administrator Mike Richie told the school board Monday night the state law mandating waiting until September 1 to start is old and outdated and that local school boards should be able to determine when school should start.

Northland Pines Petition For Early School Start?

Nov 9, 2016

An effort to have Northland Pines school district start classes prior to Sept 1 as contained in current state law is expected to be discussed by the full school board with the possibility of a petition to the Dept. of Public Instruction (DPI) requesting an earlier start.

September 1 is the opening of school for many students and parents in the Northwoods.

As another school year begins, school administrators and legislators have been meeting to open lines of communication between urban school districts and rural districts. One of the administrators participating in a recent meeting in Stevens Point was Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Richie of Eagle River who says the dialog was enlightening....

Northland Pines Administrator Mike Richie with Ken Krall.

A policy to introduce random drug testing for Northland Pines school district high school students will be finalized for presentation and possible introduction by the school board in July.

A panel of law enforcement, counselors, and school officials addressed alcohol and drug abuse in the Northland Pines schools Monday night and its growing but cooperation, coordination, and education can provide positive alternatives for kids facing questions and pressures.

Northland Pines is discussing a policy of random drug testing of students involved in organized activities and those who drive to school.

“It's going on in our schools and it's going on in our communities and we're trying how to best help out our kids,” district administrator Mike Richie said.

Eagle River may consider annexation of the Northland Pines school district property, and others, as a step toward fixing heavily used Pleasure Island Road.

At a city council meeting this week, the council and district administrator Mike Richie felt a solution needed to be found that would increase the roads base and widen the travel surface.

“We're in the business of educating kids, not fixing roads,” Richie said, pleading with the council to fix the road that not only damages vehicles but also presents a poor image of their school campus for both residents and visitors.