Rhinelander School District

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is the background of an action this week by the Rhinelander School Board to accelerate renovations at Mike Webster Stadium.

The board voted to spend money now from the district's maintenance budget to correct problems at the stadium that could threaten the highly-praised track at the site. The cost is $486,000.

Athletic Director Brian Paulson says private foundation funding got the track built two years ago which greatly upgraded that portion of the field.


This week has been set aside to say thanks for the contributions of teachers.

Rhinelander School District Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says teachers are a core reason for the success of the school district.

She says student success is the result of different strategies to meet student needs...

"....our teachers look for every possible strategy they can to provide for students needs from interventions to enrichment to make sure our kids are college and career ready....."

Jacobi says there's a shortage of teachers, especially in rural areas...


A Rhinelander High School social studies school teacher says the program for which she recently won a state award helps broaden the perspective of her students.

Linda Goldsworthy will be given the Global Educator of the Year Friday by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers.

Goldsworthy says she and her colleagues at the school work on a globally-focused program and she coordinates the travel abroad program...

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The movie "Concussion" has focused attention again on the role repeated head trauma can have on athletes.

The movie is the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu and the autopsy he performed on Rhinelander High School graduate and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Webster. It led to a newly defined category of trauma, known as CTE. That autopsy has led to a sea change in how an organization as large as the NFL all the way down to the local level deals with athletic head trauma.

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Rhinelander School District is going to ask voters via a referendum on February 16. We had a chance to talk to Superintendent Kelli Jacobi about asking voters for their approval...

Here is the website.


The Rhinelander School District will be hosting a series of community presentations about the upcoming funding referendum. The first one will be held beginning next week.

Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says they will hold nine presentation through the months of December, January and February...

"......we are trying to do many presentations, trying to do a lot of them at varied locations and different times, so everybody can find one close to them and at a convenient time. We want people to make sure they are getting all the information they need...."

Rhinelander School District Board of Education this week passed a budget for the 2015-16 school year.

Figures show the mill rate is $10.99 per $1,000 of Fair Market Value.If home is valued at $100,000, the owner will pay $1,099 to the school district. Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says the mill rate came in below what was expected....

 "...the mill rate is going to stay the same at $10.99. So that's very good news. It's a little bit lower than we anticipated...."

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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.