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SCC School Board approves petition, official newspaper

The St. Croix Central School Board was busy during its Feb. 19 school board regular meeting, with discussions held about a petition to attach a property to the school district and the designation of an official newspaper. The board designated a pair of academic excellence scholarships as well.

The petition to attach a property to the St. Croix Central School District came from Barbara Casey, who wished to detach her property in the Baldwin-Woodville School District.

"The board made a motion to accept the petition to detach from Baldwin-Woodville and attach to SCC. This is the first time in my five years here that this has happened," said superintendent Tim Widiker. "School boards generally don't allow detachment. It usually doesn't make sense to 'give up' any revenue from property taxes. Mrs. Casey informed us that the B-W School Board denied the request, which wasn't surprising, for the reason I mentioned previously."

The two academic excellence scholarship recipients were Tyler Miller, who received the 2018 Wisconsin Higher Education Academic Excellence Scholarship, and Will Walen, who received the 2018 Wisconsin Technical Education Excellence Scholarship.

"Tyler is the son of Dusty and Christy Smith. He will be representing the Class of 2018 as one of four Valedictorians," Widiker said. "Tyler will be pursuing a degree in Biology and then plans to further his education in medical school. Will is the son of Pam and James Walen. Will plans to attend WITC-New Richmond and pursue a degree in Welding."

The final portion of the school board meeting was set aside for a closed session discussion regarding the designation of the official newspaper for the St. Croix Central School District.

"The board chose the New Richmond News as the official newspaper of St. Croix Central," Widiker said. "The board was deciding between the New Richmond News and the Baldwin Bulletin. The significantly higher circulation count in our district was the most influential factor in the decision."

The Central St. Croix News is publishing its last newspaper this week.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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