IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 9th, 2013
State Representative Rob swearingen (608) 266-7141
Rural School Task Force Release Information
for Public Hearing
Madison, WI – The
first public hearing for the Rural Schools Task Force will be Wednesday,
October 23rd from 1:30 – 4:30 in the Superior Diesel Advanced
Learning Center in the Rhinelander High School. The task force, chaired by Rep.
Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), will be looking for solutions to problems
facing rural schools including declining enrollment and transportation issues.
The public hearing—the first of four across the state—will
feature superintendents from school districts in the Rhinelander area. This hearing is open to the public and will
accept public testimony if time permits.
“The Northwoods, like most rural school districts, continues to suffer from
declining enrollment, transportation needs, and inadequate broadband services,”
said Rep. Swearingen. “The legislature has passed bills to increase funding to
rural transportation services and expand broadband access, but we want to find
solutions for rural schools that provide the same opportunities as urban
schools in Madison and Milwaukee.”
Rhinelander is the first stop for the Rural Schools Task
Force. Members will travel to rural
schools districts around the state to discuss possible solutions with concerned
parents, school officials and members of the business community.
“I hope that we can provide Speaker Vos with solid solutions to
problems shared by rural schools. By hearing directly from school district administrators
and superintendents, I know that we will find ways to make our rural schools