By Craig Marx, Editor
In keeping with our graduation and school district theme for this upcoming issue, we asked Unified School District of Antigo Board of Education President Mike Boldig a few questions about the school year in review and the upcoming projects and programs facing the Antigo educational staff and students.
Q) With the end of the 2016-17 school year drawing close, what were some of the (new) programs or opportunities you felt were particularly successful or enjoyable for both the children and staff?
A) I think that it would be difficult, from a board perspective, to pin down a particular program or opportunity that I would consider to be more successful or enjoyable. I feel that we offer a wide variety of programs and opportunities for our students that they would find fun and interesting. One bright spot that I would “brag” about would be the formation of the Fab Lab and our receiving of the grant from WEDC and the additional financial support from the City of Antigo and private businesses. The potential opportunities for students that will be participating in the Fab Lab are limitless and it will be a great asset to our district.
Q) Even though opinions in the community differed over a variety of topics this past year, what are your impressions as to the participation and turnouts of the community as being active in the school district?
A) I feel that we are seeing a slight increase in community involvement in our schools. The listening sessions that were held earlier this year regarding consolidation were well attended and we heard many different opinions. Community involvement in our schools is critical so that our children know that the community is behind them and supports education. The future of any community lies with our kids and it’s the community’s responsibility to educate them to prepare them to thrive and be successful.
Q) Upon his leaving, what are some of the educational/administrative elements that School Administrator Brian Misfeldt has brought to the district that you have seen as having helped the community?
A) Mr. Misfeldt has been a part of our district for over 10 years in various capacities from an educator to an administrator. He has brought a level of professionalism to the Administrator position that has been very enjoyable to observe. His calm demeanor and ability to bring our entire team to work together to achieve our district goals is something to be admired. Personally I consider Brian to be a good friend and he will be missed in our community. The Bloomer school district is getting one of the finest young administrators in the state of Wisconsin. He is one of the hardest working people I know and is dedicated to his profession. I wish him nothing but success.
Q) Are there any programs or decisions that you are looking forward to in particular in the future, whether it be summer school or the upcoming school year three months from now?
A) I think in the upcoming months the board will continue to move forward and work on the development of a possible alternative consolidation plan that we would have go to referendum in February 2018. This was part of a motion that was passed by the board earlier this year. Our summer school program has been a huge success in previous years and I feel it will continue to grow. It offers our students additional opportunities to grow, learn, and thrive. At the end of the school year it’s always good to reflect upon the past year and learn from your experiences. However I look forward to the upcoming year as a fresh start to the education process. Things always change and our ability to accept these changes and move forward can be challenging. I look forward to the challenge.