Because of falling enrollments, the Tomahawk School Board made appropriate cuts, saving taxpayers money. The Rhinelander board, also faced with declining numbers of students, decided to hold yet another costly mid-winter referendum asking for $12 million ($4 million for each of the next three years).
Most similar school districts consolidated many years ago to reduce the expense of numerous buildings and avoid paying multiple staff members to do a job which could be done by one. Was it poor management or short-sightedness? The Rhinelander board seems to think it deserves the same funding as the wealthiest communities in the state.
We have lived in a number of different areas, and this is the most wasteful, inefficient, self-serving district of them all. Administrators, teachers and other school employees receive higher salaries and more benefits than most everyone else in the area, yet keep wanting more from the taxpayers of this community.
We don’t need children being used as pawns to beg us to pass referendums (who is scaring them?) and taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for what amounts to very expensive after-school babysitting programs such as “Fund 80” currently being discussed by the board.
Dixie King, Harshaw