Teachers Contracts Okay'ed
The teacher contract extension would be for another year and includes a pay freeze. It also has increases to retirement and health care payments that are similar to those in Governor Scott Walkers budget repair bill.
District Business Manager, Janet Rossiter, says the contracts help make up the more than four million dollars in lost revenue from Governor Walkers budget proposal.
Other school districts in the area that have seen contract extensions for their teachers include those in Onalaska, Holmen and Sparta.
"Super" Search Begins
The next superintendent of the Lacrosse School District will face an immediate one million dollar hole if the governor's budget bill passes. But first, the district has to find a super.
Jerry Kember announced his intentions to retire back in January, and the search for his replacement is underway. Kember was with the district for 22 years.
The school board was updated last night by the associate superintendent for human resources, Steve Salerno. He says that a firm was found to help conduct the search.......it has been advertised both statewide and nationally and the deadline for applications is March 18th. The board hopes to hire and name a new super sometime in late May.
Barely Cogent Drunk Can't Reach Wallet to Pay Cab
Nothing like the coming of spring to bring about the excesses of youth. Like that fellow police had to pick off the ground this week-end on the northside of La Crosse. The cabbie called it in. One of those early morning situations where the guy was so drunk he couldn't find his wallet in his back pocket to pay cab fare. Couldn't stand. He could only answer yes or no to police questions. Police say he blew a .325. Got busted for the small amount of cocaine left in his front pocket.
Tax Exempt Battles Could Mean Losses of Tens of Thousands to Local Governments
La Crosse has long struggled to deal with the fiscal challenges of having excessive tax exempt properties in the city. And now there may be more. The Shrine of Our Lady Guadalupe is one of two organizations seeking tax relief in the form of an exemption from the city council this week. The Shrine wants its gift shop and restaurant declared exempt, even though neither has had that status since being built. Attorney Tom Kieffer represents the Shrine in the tax fight. He disagrees with the city's contention that neither the gift shop nor the restaurant are essential to the evangelical mission of the shrine. Local governments could lose 45 thousand dollars in tax money if the Shrine gets its exemption. WTC is also hoping for an exemption for the student dorm it has built downtown even though the school owns neither the building or the land it's built on.
Score: 2 TVs Found, 1 Robber Caught, $6000 Missing
The good news for a robbery victim in La Crosse is that police have recovered his two flat-screen TVs. Bad news is he's still out several thousand dollars in cash. Police say a guy on the city's northside was beat up and robbed in his apartment by thugs he apparently knows. They stole his two flat screens, his phone and about six grand in cash from a safe. Cops nailed 19 year-old Richard Little as one of the robbers this week-end. They also found the flat screens. One of them stored in a bathtub. Police are still on the track of two of the suspects and have yet to find the missing money.