To the Antigo Journal,

On behalf of the Unified School District of Antigo school board, we want to publicly thank our hard-working teachers, support staff, custodians, food service workers, bus drivers, administrative staff, and administrators for their commitment and dedication to our students. 

We never imagined we’d be in a situation like this. Like you, we’re saddened by the turn of events and the fact that our students are missing activities, milestones, and regular, day-to-day interactions. Nevertheless, we’re proud of how our schools and teachers have kept their focus on serving students. When we closed our buildings in March, our staff quickly implemented a distance learning plan, which we continually adapt to better meet our students’ and families’ needs. We have an incredible team. 

Our food service staff provides meals for our students via both pick up and delivery, courtesy of Malliette Bus Company. On any given day, the district serves approximately 915 meals to area children. We would also like to thank Superintendent Julie Sprague and her team for their work in rethinking education during this crisis and their diligence in carrying out that work every day. Thank you to the teachers and support staff for implementing that plan, and thank you to our custodial staff for their diligence in sanitizing our schools and preparing for the safe, eventual return of our most precious resource: your children. 

Finally, we want to thank you, our district families. We know these past few weeks haven’t been easy, and we also recognize the continued uncertainty of the weeks ahead. Please know the Unified School District of Antigo remains ready to support you. We are all on this journey together. Although our buildings and facilities are closed, our district is not. We’re incredibly proud of our students and staff, and we will finish this school year strong. We look forward to joining with you later this summer to celebrate the graduation of our high school seniors, and we will continue to provide the rest of our students the best education possible as we move into the future. 

Andy Merry,

board president