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Staff pay mistake becomes hot issue in Marshfield School Board race


MARSHFIELD, WI (WSAU) - In Marshfield, eight candidates are on the ballot in Tuesday’s primary election to fill two seats on the district’s school board. The race was already hotly contested, but now recently discovered overpayments to the district’s superintendent are becoming an election issue.

Scott Noble is one of the challengers who say the overpayment issue and the way it’s being handled is a big problem. According to Noble, “We need more transparency. It’s unfortunate that a citizen had to bring this to the school board’s attention.” Noble added that, “We need to look at an audit, because where there’s this one salary, I would argue there are probably many other mistakes and not just in salary but in overall management of the funds.”

When asked for comment, district officials declined to respond to charges of mismanagement, and calls for more transparency on the issue.

The field of eight include Dennis Juncer, Tom Binder, Amber Leifheit, Paul Lang, Peter Mancl, Christine Miller, Scott Noble, and Elizabeth Zorn. Neither current president Tim Deets or longtime school board member Graham Olsen are seeking re-election.

Following the primary, the field will be narrowed down to four. Two winners will be selected in the general election.