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Rotary Member of the Week
Teresa Derfus
Teresa has worked in Marshfield Clinic’s Communications Department since 1990 and is Media Relations/Content Manager. "TC" previously was a reporter/editor at the Marshfield News-Herald and Stevens Point Journal and joined Rotary in January, 2011. One of seven children and daughter of a Navy man, Teresa was born at the Great Lakes Naval Base. She graduated from Beloit Memorial High and UW-Eau Claire with degrees in journalism and psychology. TC has two children, Josh and Kathryn, and two grandchildren, Abram and Abigail. Teresa lives in Stratford and is involved with St. Andrew's Church in Rozellville, serves on the Marshfield Area United Way Board, and has volunteered with other organizations, like Hope Lodge and Chestnut Center for the Arts. Teresa is heavily involved with Rotary Winter Wonderland and enjoys some domestic hobbies like baking, making jam, photography, motorcycles and curling.
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Marshfield Schools Referendum

Dr. Dee Wells has been Superintendent of the Marshfield Schools since 2014. She explained that the current $2.5 million referendum will expire next June. The proposed referendum is for $3 million and will be in place for four years. Dr. Wells says that what is at stake is preserving the high quality education and opportunities for students that our community has come to expect. State revenue caps were imposed in 1993 which removed the school boards’ authority to raise taxes beyond limits. The limits were based on districts’ rate of spending at that time. Since Marshfield was a low spending district, the district is locked in to a budget level that is difficult to meet. Without the referendum, Marshfield faces a projected $3.1 million deficit for 2017-18. With a successful referendum, the tax rate is expected to increase around 25 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value, or an increase of about $25 on a house worth $100,000.

Dr. Wells emphasized that the $3 million requested is to maintain programs and opportunities for students and has nothing to do with an athletic complex. Marshfield is not alone in this predicament. Wisconsin school districts have held 262 referenda to exceed the revenue limit in the last five years.

Without referenda, Marshfield currently would receive the third lowest revenue per member out of 22 similar sized schools. With referenda, Marshfield still remains in the lower half of school systems and well below the state average. More information is available at

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