Rhinelander School District

Hodag Schools Foundation

A foundation established to do capital upgrades within the Rhinelander school district is beginning a drive to continue work at Mike Webster stadium.

Sue Makris is the vice-president of the Hodag Schools Foundation. The foundation pays for projects in the district. . When the first round of fundraising began, the public responded by buying pavers at the stadium. Makris says they're looking for the next generation of donors...

High schoolers got some hands-on experience pitching businesses and products this week.  An event called Mini Business World lets kids put to work the concepts they’ve learned in class. 

Donning their finest professional attire, students from Three Lakes and Rhinelander High Schools spent the day creating sales pitches for catchy products they invented: like an edible vaccine called Vaxilicious, the “candy that cures”.  Rhinelander Senior Dominic Littleton says his group came up with the idea of a protein bar for athletes they call Panther Energy. 

The Rhinelander School District and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office are investigating some inappropriate photo sharing that may have occurred between students using cell phones or other personal electronic devices.

According to a joint press release issued by the two authorities, the majority of the sharing occurred outside of school.

Rhinelander Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says the situation calls for more than reprimand, and is an opportunity to educate youth about the dangers of this type of social media use. 


A family will be getting a new house next year as Habitat for Humanity Northwoods broke ground on it's 19th house Sunday(9/14) afternoon.

Greg and Jennifer Bohn and their two children will have a home on Rhinelander's west side. But this home has a twist. Routinely the homes are constructed by Habitat volunteers. But a collaboration with the Rhinelander School District means Building Trades students will build the house for  Habitat.

School districts are preparing for changes in some of their menus…thanks to new federal nutrition guidelines for snacks that take effect this school year. 

Rhinelander Food Service Director Pat Karaba says the new rules mean less sodium and more whole grain ingredients.  And snacks must also be limited in their portion sizes and calories. 

“Say we sold Doritos or snacks along those lines or cheetos.  Those would no longer fall into that category.  So we could not sell them this coming school year.”

The Rhinelander School District has filled the position vacated when administrator Dave Wall retired at the end of last school year. Maggie Peterson has been hired as new Director of Special Education/Pupil Services. Peterson recently worked in the Northland Pines School District in Eagle River where she was a special education teacher and Director of Pupil Services. She also was principal at St. Germain Elementary School and Director of Instruction at Northland Pines.

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Rhinelander School District has landed two sizable grants to help pay for a new athletics trainer position at the high school. 

Ministry Medical Group and the Aspirus Clinic have each donated $15,000 to the school district’s athletic program. 

Athletics Trainer is a role that Rhinelander native Eric Prom has been filling for a few years now, but until now he’s been employed by Marshfield Clinic.  Now he’ll be an employee of the school district.              

Parents can make a little more money this year, and their kids can still eat for free at school. 

Updated federal income guidelines allow a family of four, for example, to earn about $400 more each year, and still qualify for the free lunch and breakfast program. 

Rhinelander school district Food Service Director Pat Karaba says she hopes the stigma of the program is disappearing. 

A civil suit filed by Rhinelander School District Assistant Superintendent David Wall against the school district has ended with a joint announcement of a settlement. Wall filed the suit in Oneida County Circuit Court in February, saying he was owed money from raises that did not receive dating back to a 2007 contract. No settlement terms were announced, but Wall did say he would retire from the district when his contract ends June 30. He worked for the district for 17 years.


Bethesda Lutheran Communities won unanimous approval of Rhinelander School District electors and the school board last night and will purchase the closed South Park School.

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The School District of Rhinelander is looking for input on a new strategic plan.

It will help set goals and priorities for the next few years. 

Superintendent Kelli Jacobi is inviting the public to a series of meetings Wednesday and Thursday…to offer feedback and suggestions.

 The Rhinelander School District's Assistant Superintendent has sued the school district saying he was not compensated properly following a 2007 settlement agreement. The lawsuit was filed last Thursday in Oneida County Circuit Court.  David Wall is saying the district did not abide by the terms of the agreement by not giving him annual wage and benefits increases of 3.8 percent. The 2007 agreement with administrative members included performance increases, though the floor was set at 3.8 percent. Wall was given a new, three year contract in 2012.

Rhinelander School District

Rhinelander School District Community Education Program is sponsoring a talk by a Rhinelander native who is hoping to show young people what a positive attitude can do for them. 

Tom Montgomery has a  long background in private business, but he also taught  at Wausau West high school for many years before retiring. He talked with Ken Krall to preview an upcoming talk at Rhinelander High School.

Tom's  father was Duke Montgomery, who is honored at the Logging Museum at Pioneer Park with the Duke Montgomery Antique Outboard and Fishing Museum.

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Open enrollment begins this week.  Wisconsin families have the option of enrolling their kids in any public school district, even if they live outside its boundaries.  

  For some districts open enrollment brings more revenue, while for others it draws resources out of the area. 

Northland Pines right now is losing about 70 students, but has a net positive gain with around 85 coming in.   District Administrator Mike Richie says they’ve been on the positive end of the equation since 2010, and he keeps a close eye on the numbers. 

In Rhinelander, Central Intermediate School is scheduled to be open Tuesday after Monday's unexpected closing.  School District officials say part of the school’s electrical system failed, affecting the heat in the building. 

Staff became aware of the problem around 6 am and called WPS. 

But the announcement software designed to alert parents of school closings also malfunctioned.  Rhinelander Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says parents were notified late.