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Mosinee schools closed; 60% of staff call in sick


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MOSINEE (WAOW) -- Playgrounds and parking lots were nearly empty on the school grounds around Mosinee. Sixty-percent of the staff called in sick Thursday. This comes on a day when walk-outs and school cancellations took place around the state in protest of Governor Scott Walker's Budget Repair Bill.


Superintendent Jerry Rosso said this is the first time anything like this has happened in the district.

"It was our intention to have school by any means possible," Rosso said. "But with 2200 students," Rosso said. "We just couldn't do that with 91 staff members gone."


Rosso said he was busy fielding calls from parents. Many concerned about the budget bill's impact on their children.

"Most parents had concerns that teachers decided to take this approach," he explained. "They would prefer that we would have school and felt that this was not the appropriate way to go about it."


Kris Soma is the parent of a Mosinee 8th grader.

"I just don't feel that politics should be involved in kid's schooling," she said. "They need to hash that out by themselves."


The mother said she is against the Budget Repair Bill, but doesn't think the students belong in the middle.

"It's good that the teachers stand up for themselves and they believe in their rights," she explained. "But I don't think the kids should suffer."


Jerry Rosso tells Newsline 9 he isn't sure yet if the day will have to be made up later in the year. 

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