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MHS students should expect a change in lunch schedules for the 24-25 school year. Next year, instead of four lunch shifts, there will be three. “I like the three lunch shift idea because on A-Days there is such an imbalance of classes and we always end up doing something in fourth hour that the other classes don’t get to,” Sen said.
MHS Alters 24-25 Lunch Shift Schedule
Aubrey Lacavich and Claire LowderApril 19, 2024

MHS alters 24-25 lunch shift schedule Students should expect a change in lunch schedules for the 2024-2025 school year: instead of four lunch...

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Elliott Jorgensen, Associate Producer • April 18, 2024

On Wednesday, April 17, a Celebration of Life was held for Senior Soren Roeseler. Fire effect: ""...

MHSNews | Science Bowl Team Buzzes Competition
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Jack Favazza, Executive Producer • April 15, 2024

The Science Bowl team recently qualified for the national championship after winning the Missouri regional competition. The team, sponsored by...

After Spring Break, mirrors in MHS bathrooms were moved or removed. This is a way to protect students privacy since bathroom doors are now being propped open, Freshman Principal Kyle Devine said.
Bathroom Mirror Removal Frustrates Students
Morgan Siegel and Samantha PerzApril 11, 2024

Racquel Borland, sophomore, wakes up at 5:30 a.m. every morning to begin getting ready for school before she leaves to catch her bus at 6:40...

Three Candidates Run for Two Board Positions on April 2 Ballot

Media by Willem Hummel
The Board of Education discusses district issues at the Thursday, Feb. 22, meeting at MHS. There are three candidates running for two school board seats for the Tuesday, April 2, election.

Candidates Tamara Rhomberg, Phillip Milligan and Thomas Dunn are competing for two seats on the Board of Education (BOE) this year. The election will take place Tuesday, April 2.

Tamara Rhomberg is running to keep her seat on the board. (Media by Rockwood School District)

Tamara Rhomberg, acting board member, said she is running again because the district is on an upward swing from the pandemic.
“Scores are improving, the district is in a good place financially, and I want to be part of continuing to see that we grow,” Rhomberg said.
Rhomberg said she has been a teacher and administrator in the district for many years.
“Sitting on the opposite side of the table is very different. As a school board member, I am focused on 19,000+ students, over 3,500 staff,” Rhomberg said.
Rhomberg said what separates her from other candidates is that she already has experience on the board and an understanding of how it operates.
“I understand the budgets, I understand the processes, I understand governance,” Rhomberg said. “I recognize that there are multiple voices on any issue, so I am very objective in terms of listening to both sides and coming up with the most plausible solution.”
Rhomberg said she hopes to meet the difficulty of keeping an open line of communication between constituents, including students and their households.
“Plus we have many residents in our district that don’t have students in our schools, but they are taxpayers in our district. Their voices all need to be heard,” Rhomberg said.

Thomas Dunn served on the board from 2019 to 2022. (Media by Rockwood School District)

Thomas Dunn was a district board member from 2019 to 2022 and has worked in different public agencies.
“I had attended and spoken at board meetings, and I had found out that the only way to have a voice in that is to become a part of it,” Dunn said.
Dunn said he has invested interest in the district because his children attend school in the district.
Dunn said he has learned from being on the BOE in the past that the board needs to work together if they are to progress.
“There are times when not all board members agree, which is fine, but realistically to have anything done or looked at or anything else, it’s got to be all seven board members,” Dunn said.
If elected, Dunn said he wants to make sure students continue to achieve.
“I want to make sure that kids are in a safe learning environment, that teachers get all the tools they need to succeed,” Dunn said.

Phillip Milligan is running for school board for the first time. (Media by Rockwood School District)

Phillip Milligan has been involved in the district since 1989. He taught at Lafayette High School as the band director, has been the principal at two schools and has two children who have graduated from the district.
“The district has given our family so much and has been so good to our family that it was time to try to give something back and help Rockwood remain the fantastic school district that it is,” Milligan said.
This is Milligan’s first time running for the BOE and he said the election process so far has involved a lot of door-knocking.
“It has been great to meet people and hear their experiences with Rockwood,” Milligan said. “The more I talk to people, the less apprehensive I get about it being my first time running.”
Milligan said some of his abilities are leadership, communication and the ability to listen sincerely to various sides of an issue.
“That is what I think we need,” Milligan said. “People who are truly going to listen to one another.”

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Willem Hummel, Co-News Editor
Willem Hummel, Senior is a News Editor for the Marquette Messenger. This is his third year on staff, he has been involved in the Track Team, and Cross Country team for four seasons and Wrestling team for one season. He also has been playing Trombone for Marquette in Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble.
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