Author Archives: Jessie Opoien

About Jessie Opoien

Jessie Opoien joined the Oshkosh Northwestern as a reporter in December 2011. Politics and education issues are her specialties, but she loves to tell a good story regardless of the topic. You can find her on Twitter as @jessieopie.

Oshkosh school board restores four budget cuts

The Oshkosh school board voted at its Wednesday meeting to restore four items from a list of budget cuts that were approved in spring 2013 to resolve the district’s projected deficit. Board members approved restoring five full-time middle school office … Continue reading

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Oakwood teacher promoted to Washington Elementary principal

Susan Martin, an instructional support teacher at Oakwood Elementary School, has been hired as the new principal of Washington Elementary School. Martin has taught for 10 years in the Oshkosh school district, previously serving as a third grade teacher at … Continue reading

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Oshkosh schools expected to see slight state aid increase

The Oshkosh school district is expected to receive an increase in general state aid for the first time in five years, according to estimates released by the state Department of Public Instruction on Monday. Oshkosh schools will receive an estimated … Continue reading

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Johnson’s staff to hold immigration listening sessions

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s staff will hold a series of listening sessions throughout Wisconsin to hear comments on the immigration legislation currently under debate. The senator’s office announced the listening sessions today in a news release. His staff will meet … Continue reading

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School choice group touts spending’s impact on Gudex election

The American Federation for Children, one of the country’s most prominent school choice special interest groups, is highlighting the election of State Sen. Rick Gudex, R-Fond du Lac, as one of its biggest political successes of 2012. In a recently … Continue reading

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Wiedenhoeft elected president of Oshkosh school board

The Oshkosh school board elected new officers Monday night, all approved with unanimous votes. Former Vice President Matt Wiedenhoeft will serve as president, with former President John Lemberger continuing to serve on the board in a non-officer role. Recently re-elected … Continue reading

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‘Oshkosh 4 Education’ survey says teachers are top priority

The results from Oshkosh’s education visioning project, Oshkosh 4 Education, are in. Comments from more than 50 small-group listening sessions held in January and February and results from an online community survey conducted in March were compiled to rank priorities … Continue reading

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Gov. Scott Walker teams with former Bush speechwriter for book

Gov. Scott Walker is adding fuel to the 2016 speculative fire by publishing a book this fall. “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge” will be co-written by Marc Thiessen, former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush. “This book … Continue reading

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Polls show Sen. Ron Johnson has a tough road ahead

A new post from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Wisconsin Voter” blog discusses the difficult path to Sen. Ron Johnson’s reelection — despite the fact that no challenger has even been announced yet. Polls and political trends show that Johnson’s seat … Continue reading

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School district budget committee recommends referendum

A strongly worded memo from the Oshkosh school district’s budget reconciliation committee urges the school board to hold a referendum “immediately” to reconcile a projected $3.5 million deficit and eliminate the need for budget cuts. The open letter, dated March 21, … Continue reading

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