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Councilor of District 3, Warden of Lincoln

Councilor of District 3, Warden of Lincoln


Wisconsin Rapids Current is a column by Service Journalism Reporter Erik Pfantz about city and county governments and local school districts.

Wisconsin Rapids Current is a regular column in the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune from Service Journalism Reporter Erik Pfantz, covering a range of topics across city and county governments and local school districts to highlight the many topics flowing through our local decision makers.

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Wisconsin Rapids is hiring District 3 councilor

The city is seeking a resident of Wisconsin Rapids District 3 to fill the vacant councilor seat on the Common Council. Interested residents must submit a letter of interest along with a biography or resume for council consideration to City Clerk Jennifer Gossick before the May 21 Common Council meeting.

The Common Council will vote on who will fill the seat at its May 21 meeting and requests that candidates attend. Gossick told a Daily Tribune reporter that three residents have submitted letters so far.

Odd-numbered districts are elected in odd-numbered years, so the appointed councilor will serve for less than a year, or until April 14, 2025, and the seat is open to election for any qualified candidate.

The District 3 seat is open following the election of former Councilman Matt Zacher as mayor of Wisconsin Rapids in April.

Wood County receives FEMA funds to provide food and shelter

Wood County residents in need of emergency food and shelter programs will receive a few more resources.

Wood County was selected to receive $14,160 through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Previously, these types of funds went to FOCUS, Personal Development Center, Soup or Socks and the Wisconsin Rapids Family Center, according to a news release from the United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties, which is helping distribute the additional funds.

Organizations interested in receiving these dollars must be private, voluntary nonprofits, faith-based organizations, or government units; be eligible to receive federal funds; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; have a demonstrated ability to provide emergency food or shelter assistance programs; and if they are a private voluntary organisation, they must have a volunteer board.

Eligible agencies are asked to apply by May 10, 4:00 p.m. Applications can be submitted by contacting United Way’s Stefanie Drexler at [email protected] or 715-421-0390.

The trial will soon take center stage at Lincoln High School

Wisconsin Rapids Public School District students, parents, community members and other stakeholders are wondering who will take on Lincoln High School’s leadership role after the school board selected Ronald Rasmussen as district superintendent. Rasmussen was the high school principal for twelve years.

Previous processes for selecting principals involved a vacancy that anyone could apply for, Maurine Hodgson, secretary of the school board, told a Daily Tribune reporter in an email on Monday. She said she expects the job to be posted within the next few weeks. She said it will be open to applicants for four weeks, an interview will take place and the school board will likely see a recommendation for the position by the end of June.

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Erik Pfantz covers local government and education in central Wisconsin for USA-TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin and values ​​his background as a rural Wisconsinite. Reach him out [email protected] or connect with him on X (formerly Twitter) @ErikPfantz.