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For years, there's been talk in La Crosse about outsourcing some local postal services. Now, it seems to be happening.
What kind of losses could be seen in La Crosse? The secretary of letter carriers' local 59, Gary Knutson, is seeing some sorting equipment being moved out of the La Crosse post office, apparently to transfer sorting duties to Rochester. People who operate the sorting machines might be moved, or reassigned to mail delivery.
The School of Technology and Arts II, a Lacrosse School district charter school, was one of 14 schools from across the state named a 2011 Wisconsin School of Recognition.
Schools that were recognized by the state as a School of Recognition have some of the highest poverty rates based on free and reduced-lunch data and student achievement scores on the 2010-11 state reading and math examinations that were above average when compared to schools in similar sized districts with comparable poverty levels.
The School of Technology and Arts II, known as SOTA II, is a 6th through 8th grade charter school that integrates the district’s middle school curriculum with hands-on creative experiences in the arts. The charter school moved to Lincoln Middle School this year.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Athletics Department says that Festival Foods and LHI have committed to providing corporate sponsorship for all 19 of the Eagles’ varsity programs. The initial term of each agreement is five years.
In exchange for their sponsorships, UW-L Athletics will incorporate Festival Foods and LHI branding into its marketing efforts and its facilities, including signage, public address announcements, in-game promotions, scoreboard recognition, website recognition and program advertising.
UW-L Director of Athletics Josh Whitman says Dave and Barb Skogen and Don and Roxanne Weber have long been supporters of Eagle student-athletes, making it only fitting that their companies would choose to partner with the athletic program in such a significant way.
On Wednesday, all employees from the School District of La Crosse will gather at Central High School to celebrate the beginning of the 2011-12 school year. The opening day celebration, this year entitled “Moving Forward Together,” has become a tradition in the district and includes a musical performance by district staff, welcome from the superintendent of schools and Board of Education president as well as recognition of 25 year staff. The all staff event begins at 8:00 a.m. in the Central High School auditorium and is scheduled to run until approximately 9:30 a.m.
The future of the La Crosse Spartans is in limbo.
The indoor football team is ceasing operations for now and is seeking a new owner, now that co-owner and general manager Chris Kokalis has taken a job with a new football franchise in Cedar Rapids. The Titans in Cedar Rapids will be coached by Kyle Brown, who was the Assistant Coach for the Spartans, and brother to Spartans Head Coach, Gilbert Brown. La Crosse Center manager Art Fahey is looking for someone to buy the Spartans, to keep the team going at the local arena.