Pool complex to benefit from board's funds boost|
|Residents of the Antigo school district will add another drop to the finances that keep the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center afloat following action by the board of education Tuesday.|
On a unanimous vote, the board agreed to increase the Community Service Fund levy, which pays for a portion of pool operations, by 5 cents for the 2015-16 school year, bringing the total levy to 26 cents per $1,000 of valuation.
Tim Prunty, director of business services, explained that the levy has not been increased since the 2007-08 school year, while expenses such as salaries and fringe benefits, have been “going up with inflation like everything else.”
Prunty also noted that the 5 cent increase is based on the district’s current equalized valuation of just over $1 billion. Projections for the new school year indicate that value should climb by just over 1 percent, which would drop the district’s overall levy by $200,000, leading to a 33 to 34 cent drop in the mill rate, “and that includes the 5 cent increase.”
The business manager added that pool finances have always been kept lean, to allow for the lowest possible fee structure for members, and carryover funds tha
A youngster enjoys the splash garden at the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center in Journal file photo.
School board plans for a new vote
READY FOR JUDGING—Holly Luerrsen, chairman of the Langlade County Fair’s rabbit project enters Alf, a Holland Lop being shown by Logan Edwards, as the Langlade County Fair opened this morning. Rabbits will be arriving throughout the day, with 120 expected for the youth show on Thursday and 110 animals entered in the open show on Saturday. There will also be a small animal market sale Sunday at 2 p.m. featuring 10 exhibitors selling rabbits and poultry. More photos from the fair, and a schedule, are published inside today’s newspaper.
The Antigo school board reviewed a road map toward an April, 2016 building and spending referendum on Tuesday.
At its regular July meeting, the board scheduled the first of three public forums to develop an overall district facilities plan for Tuesday, Aug. 18. It is tentatively slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the Middle School and will likely feature an informal, round-robin format, with participants moving from station to station to review various options and present ideas.
The forum is the first of three scheduled to be completed by mid-September. There are also plans for a community survey later this year.
“In the meantime everybody should be talking to people and emphasizing they should show up at these meetings,” board member Tim Fuller said, adding there should be no excuses for people to say they didn’t know about the sessions or the ultimate school plan.
Dr. Don Childs, district administrator, said the schedule is subject to change but is “reasonable.”
Miron/Bray representatives have been meeting with school officials every other Tuesday, a schedule that will be continuing. They will also be meeting with the board at the Aug. 11 commit
Dale Oatman is state Legion commander
Peaceful Valley Park was a busy place as the site for youthful fun
|Former Langlade County Veterans Service Officer Dale Oatman, a lifelong advocate for veterans, has been elected state commander of the American Legion.|
Oatman, who started his campaign for the office last fall, was selected on the first ballot earlier this month, receiving 276 votes to 121 and 119 for the runners-up. A 50 percent plus one majority was needed to take the title.
The margin was stunning even to him.
“I was confident of a win, but we really thought there would be a runoff,” Oatman said. “The campaign road was quite long.”
The new commander stepped down at the end of 2014 as Langlade County veterans service officer and now moves into a position that will require almost constant travel for the next year, visiting various Legion functions and acting as a representative for the organization’s 50 posts and 60,000 members. He previously served as state vice commander.
There will be plenty of fun along the way too, including the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the Milwaukee Brewers Aug. 9 game, which will be followed by the Legion All-Star Game.
There will also be trips to Washington D.C. early next year and several
Dale Oatman, at center, receives a standing ovation during his inaugural speech after being elected the new state commander for the American Legion.
|The midway may have been setting up a few blocks down Superior Street, but the real carnival was taking place at Peaceful Valley Park today.|
With warm, if somewhat cloudy, conditions guaranteeing a good turnout, the city of Antigo Parks and Recreation Department held its annual Water Carnival and Day of Fun through the midday hours.
Families were invited to the park for water games, including minute-to-win it, along with backyard activities, concessions and more.
It’s all part of a busy summer recreation schedule.
Future events will include outdoor movies in the park on Fridays, Aug. 14, 21 and 28. Families are invited to pack a picnic lunch and come down to watch some big-screening viewing on a 10 feet by 20 foot outdoor screen. Movies will all start at dark, about 8 p.m.
From the left, Tom Falk, Brian Bartletti, Kiel Korzinek and Sarah Repp were busy preparing bubbles this morning.
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