Charges against several current and former members of the Mercer school board dismissed
Written by Jesse Baroka on April 23, 2019
HURLEY / MERCER – Charges against several current and former members of the Mercer school board were dismissed earlier today (4/22/2019) in Iron County Court in Hurley in front of Judge Patrick J. Madden. Those charged earlier this month in Iron County Court included Deanna Pierpont, Denise Thompson, Michele “Micki” Holmstrom, Colleen “Kelly” Kohegyi, and Noel Brandt. Iron County District Attorney Matthew J. Tingstad filed the felony charges against the 5 earlier this month charging them with Misconduct/Office – Act/Excess Authority and Falsely Exercise Function/Public Office. The Mercer School district was under fire last year for allegedly spending about $175,000 from its community programs and services account — otherwise known as “Fund 80” — over the 2015-’16 and 2016-’17 school years. Most of that allegedly used to boost wages and benefits for a small group of school employees, As a result, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction issued a “revenue limit adjustment” for an equal amount, meaning the Mercer board was forced to slash spending or tap its reserves to balance its 2018-’19 budget. Again all charges against Deanna Pierpont, Denise Thompson, Michele “Micki” Holmstrom, Colleen “Kelly” Kohegyi, and Noel Brandt DISMISSED earlier today in Iron County Court in Hurley. Attorney James D. McKenzie represented Pierpont, Thompson, Holmstrom, and Kohegyi. Attorney Jonas Bednarek represented Brandt in the proceedings. Tingstad could appeal or refile the charges.