Rural Schools

Phillips Schools Going To Referendum In April

Jan 19, 2018
Phillips School District

Water fountains don’t work, the roof leaks, and the floor joists are rotting at Phillips Elementary School.

The school is still safe for students, but the district believes it needs a major reconstruction.

In April, Phillips will ask voters for 12.6 million dollars to demolish the oldest parts of the school and rebuild.

The school board approved the referendum just two months after Philips Elementary was selected as a National Blue Ribbon School.

Here’s Principal Dave Scholz (SHOALS)...

Ken Krall / WXPR News

Eleven Assembly members from both parties came to Rhinelander Wednesday to learn more of the challenges facing rural schools. Ken Krall reports area school leaders had much to say.

The Speakers Task Force on Rural Schools first heard from Rhinelander Superintendent Kelli Jacobi who outlined Rhinelander's history, including cutting $11 million from the budget and closing five buildings, including 4 schools in the past ten years. She says a combination of factors are providing local schools with increasing problems, not the least of which is the drop in state aids...

State Representative Rob Swearingen has been asked to Chair the Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools.

The Rhinelander Republican was appointed by Speaker Robin Vos to study issues like schools financial stability, declining enrollment and transportation needs that are unique to most rural school districts.

He says he went along with a group of Rhinelander school officials to Madison several weeks ago to talk to legislators and officials about rural school problems...