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Largest Donation To Rhinelander Schools And Foundation Pledged


A pledge of over $500,000 by Dr. Lee Swank to the Hodag Schools Foundation was announced at Monday night’s School District of Rhinelander Board of Education meeting.

Superintendent Kelli Jacobi read a statement by the foundation indicating the HSF has been working with Dr. Lee Swank regarding “the largest private donation to the foundation and the school district.”

Swank’s donation is reportedly being directed toward facilities to help lengthen shortened sports season, potentially to include an indoor multipurpose facility “so kids in the community can utilize a year-round space, especially during inclement weather.”

In the statement read by Jacobi, HSF wanted to “provide the great news tonight, thank Dr. Swank and the foundation, while providing a positive and exciting tone for the Christmas break and near future to hopefully gather more support and donations.”

The donation and a formal contract will be reviewed at the January school board meeting, when more information will be available

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