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Wed
21
Nov

Shawano School District passes audit

The Shawano School District has passed its 2018 audit with very few things to adjust, a feat acknowledged by school officials as extraordinary since the district is working with a new auditing firm.

However, the Shawano School Board will wait until its next meeting Dec. 5 to accept the audit report, as the physical report was given to board members only 20 minutes prior to Monday’s board meeting.

“This is the first year that we’ve had our audit with Schenk (Accounting) from Green Bay,” said Louise Fischer, district business manager.

Josh Swanson, a representative from Schenk, noted that the district’s fund balance looked healthy. He said there is $7.4 million in the fund, with $7 million available for any use.

Wed
21
Nov

Two Keshena men sentenced for firearms offenses

An incident involving weapons and a confrontation about a dog has resulted in convictions for two Keshena men.

Bobby Joe Sanapaw, 33, and Jeremy Fish, 34, both of Keshena, recently received sentences after convictions for firearms offenses on the Menominee Indian Reservation, announced Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

The sentences were the result of guilty pleas entered by both men July 12 before Chief U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach. Sanapaw was placed on probation for one year on Oct. 31 after a conviction for possession of a short-barreled shotgun. Fish was sentenced Nov. 9 to 18 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release after a conviction for felon in possession of a firearm.

Wed
21
Nov

Fire destroys home in Seneca

A Monday night house fire in the town of Seneca displaced eight people from their home, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities were called to the blaze on Ballpark Road about 11 p.m.

All eight occupants got out safely, the sheriff’s department said.

The Bowler Area Fire Department responded to the scene and was later assisted by several other local fire departments.

The house is being described as a complete loss, and the Red Cross was called to assist the residents.

The Bowler Fire Department remained on scene during the morning hours Tuesday to handle rekindling issues and is investigating the cause of the fire.

No further information was available.

Wed
21
Nov

Habitat to benefit from CoVantage campaign

The CoVantage Cares Foundation has announced the kickoff of their annual two-week fundraising campaign. The event will begin Tuesday, which has become known nationally as “Giving Tuesday,” and end Dec. 11. Funds generated will be matched with up to $125,000 in contributions from CoVantage Cares Foundation, a public charity established by CoVantage Credit Union.

“I’m grateful to say our credit union has a history of supporting local nonprofit organizations and living our mission of helping those in need,” said Charlie Zanayed, CoVantage CEO.

Locally, the Wolf River Habitat for Humanity will receive funds raised during the campaign, as sponsored by the CoVantage branch in Shawano.

For information about CoVantage Cares Foundation or the Giving Tuesday campaign, visit www.covantagecu.org/cares.

Wed
21
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 19

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A van was reported vandalized at the Shawano Food Pantry, 218 E. Richmond St.

Warrant — A 35-year-old Shawano man was arrested on two outstanding warrants in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 100 block of County Road B.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 800 block of East Maurer Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 1400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Nov. 18

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — An intoxicated person was reported in the 1200 block of South Lincoln Street.

OWI — A 26-year-old Shawano man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Lieg Avenue and Lafayette Street.

Theft — A laptop and cell phone were reported stolen on Oak Court.

Sat
17
Nov

Unrelated internet outage, threatening note put SCHS on edge

A confluence of unrelated events led to a nervous morning Thursday at Shawano Community High School as school district officials scrambled to reassure parents their children were safe.

The day started with a fiber optic outage that knocked out the high school’s internet and phone service.

In the midst of that, school staff discovered a threatening note scrawled on a bathroom wall, the second one this week.

Adding to the anxiety for passersby was the fact that police squad cars could be seen in the school’s parking lot.

None of those things were related.

Even school staff were jittery at first about the discovery of a second threatening message while the building was in the midst of an internet and telephone blackout, according to Superintendent Gary Cumberland.

“It made a lot of people nervous, including the school district,” he said. “When the internet’s out, everything’s out.”

Sat
17
Nov

Most area schools pass state standards


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Shawano Community High School juniors, from left, Ethan Bolin, Kelsi Nick and Chloe Krueger work on some research for an assignment Friday afternoon at the school library. The high school, among most other area schools, received a passing grade from the state’s 2018 report cards.

Most area school district officials received the good news this week that they’re passing the state standards, according to the 2018 report cards released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Four districts received four-star ratings, which means they exceeded the state’s expectations. Pulaski Community School District led the pack with a score of 77.9, followed by Wittenberg-Birnamwood with 77.6, Clintonville with 74 and Bonduel with 73.6.

The Pulaski district has one school, Hillcrest Elementary, that received a five-star rating with a score of 83.9. Four more schools received four stars, and the remaining two were on the higher end of the three-star school list.

Pulaski Superintendent Bec Kurzynske said she was pleased with her schools.

Sat
17
Nov

Shawano schools closer to reaching goal

Shawano School District set a goal last year to have a score of 73 or higher on its report card with the state by 2021, designating it as one of the four-star school districts in the state.

The district is well on its way to reaching that goal after the Department of Public Instruction released the 2018 report cards earlier this week. Shawano had a score of 68.8, which is in the middle of the pack for three-star school districts but a huge jump from the 64.1 score it had in 2017.

All of the Shawano public schools earned high marks, with Olga Brener Intermediate School, Shawano Community High School and Shawano Community Middle School earning three-star individual school ratings. Hillcrest Primary School and LEADS Primary Charter School, because the state doesn’t require standardized testing until third grade and both schools only go up to second grade, earned a satisfactory rating, which is also considered to be passing.

Sat
17
Nov

Vote on $2 million dredging invalid

“There isn’t going to be any dredging, and there isn’t going to be a $2 million project,” attorney Keith Steckbauer told a standing-room only crowd Wednesday at the Fox Valley Technical College campus in Clintonville.

The project involves dredging sediment from Pigeon Lake.

At a meeting Oct. 16, the Pigeon Lake District residents voted to approve a $2 million dredging of the lake. The vote was 85 yes and 71 no. The tax impact was to be $54 per $100,000 of property value over the next 20 years. The $2 million was to be borrowed from the Wisconsin Trust Fund.

Steckbauer has been hired by the Pigeon Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District.

Sat
17
Nov

Knapp bids farewell to city administrator post

Though not officially effective until January, the transition is underway at City Hall that will move Shawano’s current city administrator into a full-time post at Shawano Municipal Utilities and replace him with the city’s public works director who has also been working as the administrator’s assistant.

Brian Knapp has been wearing two hats since 2012. Originally hired as Shawano Municipal Utilities general manager, the city also moved him to the city administrator post on a part-time basis after the resignation of former administrator Michael Hall, who worked for the city for a year.

Eddie Sheppard was hired in 2013 as public works coordinator and assistant city administrator.

The arrangement was never intended to be permanent, however, as Mayor Ed Whealon noted in comments to Knapp at the end of the city’s 2019 budget presentation Wednesday.

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