Charter school gets 5-year renewal

LEADS Charter School will continue to operate at Hillcrest Primary School for another five years after the Shawano School Board voted Monday to renew its contract.

The five years was what the school had originally sought, but Gary Cumberland, Shawano School District superintendent, recommended that the board only renew the contract for two years, as it had done in 2016.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s two years, but I recommended two years to see where some of our funding ends up after two years,” Cumberland said. “There might have to be some alterations made to our plans.”

That idea did not sit well with some of the board members.

Board member Alysia Pillsbury felt two years was not adequate time for LEADS to plan for the long term, as it would mean school officials would have to return to the board in 2020 and request the same thing all over again.


Food pantries receive United Coop donation

Nine area food pantries are among the 45 organizations receiving a share of $45,000 from Beaver Dam-based United Cooperative and matching funds from Land O’Lakes Foundation, CHS Foundation and CoBank.

Receiving a share of the donation are:

• Cecil — St. Martin Parish Food Pantry

• Gillett — St. John’s Lutheran Church

• Lena — St. Anne Parish

• Manawa — Manawa Area Food Pantry

• Oconto Falls — Kingdom Come Food Pantry

• Pulaski — Community Pantry of Pulaski Inc.

• Shawano — Shawano Area Food Pantry and Resource Center

• Shiocton — Loaves and Fishes Community Food Pantry

• Tilleda — United Lutheran Parish Food Pantry

“While our cooperatives are dedicated to the food industry through the growing, handling and marketing of grain and feeding of animals, food is not necessarily an abundant resource for families in need,” said David Cramer, United Cooperative president and CEO.


Ballot audit checks out

Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Board of Canvass member Lorraine Zehren, left, records numbers as Shawano County Clerk Pam Schmidt reads a ballot during a voluntary post-election audit Thursday. Also participating in the audit are Betty Lohrengel, behind Zehren, and Deputy County Clerk Laure Pecore, right.

The numbers checked out.

The Shawano County Clerk and members of the Shawano County Board of Canvass participated in a voluntary post-election audit Thursday at the Shawano County Courthouse.

The voluntary audit helps assure that both voting machine and paper ballots are counted correctly, County Clerk Pam Schmidt explained.

The audit is part of a statewide optional audit in response to public demand to confirm that votes have been accurately recorded, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. The process is in addition to the mandatory voting equipment audit that is required after each general election.

Schmidt, working with members of the county’s canvass board randomly selected Mattoon and the office of state attorney general to count. They checked both paper and electronic ballots.

The audit showed that the votes were correctly counted.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 6

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 29-year-old man was arrested for a probation violation at the New Era House, 105 E. Richmond St.

Theft — A 45-caliber handgun was reported stolen from a vehicle on Cherry Court.

Truancy — Police logged four truancy complaints from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Theft — A weed eater was reported stolen in the 800 block of South Kadletz Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a female shoplifter in custody.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Oct. 6

Deputies logged 44 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Cedar Street Market, 234 Cedar St. in Tigerton, reported a shoplifting incident.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported on Frailing Road in the town of Wescott.


Clintonville to honor veterans Sunday

Clintonville Mayor Richard Beggs urges all citizens to join in honoring veterans Sunday at the Veterans Memorial, located on Memorial Circle, at 11 a.m. The annual observance will include patriotic music, a firing squad and taps.

It was on Nov. 11, 1918, that an armistice became effective, firing ceased and World War I ended. One hundred years have flown by since that significant event.

The guest speaker at Sunday’s ceremony will be James Vissers, a Navy veteran who has been a member of the American Legion for more than 40 years, serving in various officer positions. Vissers was born in Appleton and grew up in Little Chute. He retired from the Appleton Coated Co. in Combined Locks after working there for 37 years, retiring as assistant superintendent of the plant. He was a member of the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Institute and chairman of the Packaging Committee.


MISD to pay for licensing subs

Menominee Indian School District has announced a recruiting effort for substitute teachers.

“Like many districts throughout the state, we can always use the services of additional substitute teachers,” explained MISD Superintendent Wendell Waukau. “And, with the current labor shortage, we decided to be proactive in our recruitment efforts.”

As part of the initiative, the District will pay for training and the cost of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction substitute teacher licensing.

“We want to make it easy for people interested in substitute teaching to get the training and licensing they need,” Waukau said. “Teaching is a very rewarding career, but not everyone wants to work full time. For those interested in teaching on a part-time basis, substitute teaching could be a great fit for them.”

Requirements include:

• Possessing an associate or bachelor’s degree.


Employers invited to connect with students

Inspire Northeast Wisconsin, an online platform designed to help connect students and employers, will take center stage at a free workshop Nov. 13. Business owners in Shawano and Menominee counties are invited to learn more about the platform from 8-9 a.m. at the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, 1263 S. Main St., Shawano. Attendees can bring laptops to create their landing pages at the session.

Through work-based learning experiences, job shadowing, teacher externships and other opportunities, Inspire Northeast Wisconsin enables interaction between employers, students and educators, said Nancy Smith, the chamber’s executive director.

“Helping our businesses find qualified workers is a top priority for us,” Smith said. “We feel it is vital to get the word out to all employers about this important resource and how they can take advantage of it.”


Navarino receives Green Gift grant from Cellcom

As part of Cellcom’s Green Gift program, the Navarino Nature Center has received a $1,000 grant to purchase programming materials.

The center, which provides educational opportunities and programs to more than 15,000 visitors annually, is a gateway to the outdoors for students, scouts and families. With the grant, employees plan to update and replace pond nets, magnifiers, dissection materials, lesson books and more.

“We want to ensure all who come to Navarino Nature Center have a great experience that will, in turn, hopefully lead to a great love and respect for the outdoors,” said Tim Ewing, director and naturalist at Navarino. “As word of mouth gets out to other schools about what Navarino Nature Center has to offer, more educational trips are planned. By updating the equipment, materials and lessons, we can offer incoming schools more options and provide more public opportunities.”


Tauchen hangs onto Assembly seat

Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Supporters of Wisconsin Assembly District 6 Rep. Gary Tauchen, center, gather to watch election returns at the Shawano County Republican headquarters in Shawano on Tuesday evening. Tauchen, a Republican, retained the seat he has held since 2006.

Incumbent State Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, defeated Democratic candidate Richard Sarnwick, a Shawano doctor, and Libertarian candidate Michael Hammond, a former Shawano area dairy farmer, in the race for the Sixth District Assembly seat in Tuesday’s election.

This was Tauchen’s seventh election to the seat that he’s held since 2006.

The unofficial results, which still have to be certified by the Board of Canvass, were:

Tauchen — 15,025

Sarnwick — 7,783

Hammond — 1,675

“We’re happy with the way the election went with the Assembly and the Senate,” Tauchen said, where the party held its majorities.

“Of course, the top of the ticket didn’t fare as well,” he added.

Gov. Scott Walker lost the election to Democrat Tony Evers. Though the race hasn’t been called yet, it looks like Josh Kaul is poised to replace Brad Schimel as attorney general, and U.S. Senate candidate Leak Vukmir lost to incumbent Tammy Baldwin.


Bieber touts track record for election win

Incumbent Republican Sheriff Adam Bieber defeated Shawano police officer and former sheriff’s detective Keith Sorlie, who ran as an Independent, in Tuesday’s election.

The unofficial results, which still need to be confirmed by the Board of Canvass, were:

Bieber — 10,193

Sorlie — 7,531

“I just want to thank my supporters for trusting in me, and I appreciate their support over the past three and a half years,” Bieber said. “I know there will be challenges ahead, and we have a great team at the sheriff’s office. I look forward to working with the community and the team around us.”

Bieber said his track record as sheriff is what made the difference in the election.


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