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   Rice Lake, Wis. (AP) — Nearly half of I the 1,031 students at the Rice Lake High School boycotted classes Wednesday and ral­lied is fee gymnasium on behalf of five teachers facing possible dismissal.

   Only a few classes were in session. The pro­testers, whose number was estimated .by school, officials, carried picket signs,-chanted "We love our teachers" and sang in the gym­nasium. One police officer was in the gymna­sium, although officials said the students were not. unruly.

   The students were protestiag a proposal by principal Robert Herzog that the contracts.of five teachers not be renewed because1 of de­clining enrollment.

   Herzog made the proposal to the school board last week and the five teachers were notified their contracts may sot be renewed.

  Herzog expects enrollment at the school to drop by about 100 next September and by about another 100 the following school year.

The five teachers are Norbert Pintens, Greg Tinker and Michael Popko, who teach agricul­ture, biology and English, respectively, at the high school; James Smith, a third grade teach­er, and Randy Zentner, a part-time vocal mu­sic teacher.

Pintens and Tinker both are in their fifth year in the school system.

Students had been promoting the protest since the weekend.

Students Protested with Sit-in Wednesday Morning
















 St. Paul Pioneer Press

Friday February 22,1980



Pupils demand meeting with Rice Lake board

RICE LAKE, Wis. — Rice Lake High School students, who boycotted classes Wednesday to protest the possible dismissal of five teachers because of declining enrollments, have asked to meet Monday with the district school board.

Chris Osterbauer, a junior at the school and a spokesman for the protesting students, said Thursday that if the board fails to meet with students, another boycott of classes will be conducted Tuesday.

Osterbauer also said published reports that school enrollment would decline by 100 students by next September and by anoth­er 100 the following year are incorrect. He said the expected decline is closer to 30 students, adding that reducing the teach­ing staff would harm the quality of education at the school.

The five teachers named for possible dismissal are three high-school teachers, a third-grade teacher and a part-time mu­sic teacher.