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Decision 2020: Board Candidates on Another Referendum

What are your thoughts about asking voters to consider another referendum?

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Tonnie Schmidt (incumbent)

The West Bend School District is very conservative. It is one of the reasons I choose to live here. I appreciate the need to be responsible with our spending and ensuring that responsibility is one of the reasons I sought to run for school board three years ago and it is still a reason why I chose to run for another term. Continue reading

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Decision 2020: Board Candidates on Why They Want to Serve

What is your motivation for wanting to serve on the school board?

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Tonnie Schmidt (incumbent)

The gratitude I feel for the education I received as a child and young adult as well as the ability to serve the community that has welcomed the success of my business, Delta Defense, is what motivates me to serve on the school board. Continue reading

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Decision 2020: Board Candidates on How to Improve the District

What areas of the district do you seek to change or improve?

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Tonnie Schmidt (incumbent)

In the immediate future, I would like to be directly responsible for hiring a new superintendent to replace resigning Don Kirkegaard.

I also would like to ensure that our facilities are in good shape going forward while not disregarding the declining birthrate and its effect on enrollment in the future. I have a commitment to neighborhood schools as is feasible, including incorporating central administration into existing vacant space in them as an alternative to closing multiple elementary schools. I believe in the priceless power of families to support one another in neighborhood elementary schools over a large centralized structure where children can feel lost and overwhelmed. Continue reading

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Decision 2020: Board Candidates on Their Experience with the District

What has been your experience with the West Bend School District?

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Tonnie Schmidt (incumbent)

As a school board, we removed an inexperienced and toxic superintendent and conducted a thorough search for a new superintendent, which included input from the community, resulting in hiring a nationally recognized superintendent who has brought stability to our district. Continue reading

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It’s Garbage Time

Students can help custodians by properly using the trash and recycling bins

By Elise Marlett and Noelle Mentch, Current Staff

Custodians at the West Bend High Schools may be working harder to protect the environment than students realize. Continue reading

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Three of Six Administrators are New This Year

Twin Day: The administration of West Bend East and West High Schools dressed as triplets during homecoming week. From left to right: John Graf, Zachary Daniels, Tyler Wood, Michelle Marschel, Patrick O’Connor and Ralph Schlass. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rausch.

By Noelle Mentch, Current Staff

They might be new to the school, but that doesn’t mean they are new to the game. Continue reading

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The Hot Lunch King

By Noelle Mentch and Darick Fait, Current Staff

Many things have changed since the 1990s, but Scott Mindel’s daily lunch routine hasn’t. Continue reading

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The Ripple Effect of School Violence


Eight percent of county students report they have stayed home from school due to safety concerns

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

Students at the West Bend High Schools still feel vulnerable one year after the Parkland, Fla. school shooting. Continue reading

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Dangerous Behavior Correlates With Transition to Junior Year

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

It has been determined that sophomores and juniors take more risks than students in other grade levels.

According to the results of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey administered in April to Washington County students, there are aspects about the transition between sophomore and junior year that increase the likelihood that students will engage in dangerous activities. Several students at the West Bend High Schools have thoughts on why this is a trend in the data. Continue reading

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