5 years ago — 2013 Irvine Park Zoo officials in Chippewa Falls investigate the unexpected deaths of two buffaloes and quarantine seven other buffaloes as they attempt to determine why the animals died. 10 years ago — 2008 Bill Leinenkugel, who served as president of Leinenkugel Brewing Co. in Chippewa Falls from 1971 to 1987, dies at age 87. 20 years ago — 1998 The all-white husky on North High School’s roof is painted with traditional Siberian markings. 35 years
Eau Claire school district officials who hired a new North High School principal hope he will be an advocate for that school’s students. The Eau Claire school district tapped Cale Bushman after faculty, support staff and parent representatives said they want a vocal leader to fill the high school principal vacancy, schools Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck said. “All three (categories) told us they wanted a strong leader who would be a very vocal advocate for North,”
Students returning to Eau Claire public schools on Tuesday for the start of the academic year may notice a few physical differences in their building, some subtle and others hard to ignore. The school district has completed 17 projects from its 2016 referendum, said schools Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck, and 30 more are currently underway. These projects include roofing repairs to a new, secure main entrance at Memorial High School to a complete overhaul of McKinley Charter School.
After parents voiced concern over equity between school-sponsored graduation parties at North and Memorial high schools, the Eau Claire school district is assembling a committee to comb over how the two bashes are funded. “Instead of having one large equity committee in the district, we’ve taken this approach of having specialized committees,” said Mary Ann Hardebeck, schools superintendent. “This is another opportunity to look more deeply at a situation.”