By Tim Kowols
More changes are in store for the University of Wisconsin-Extension just months after some of the operations of the state’s 72 county offices were consolidated into several integrated areas. In a cost-cutting move, a new proposal would merge the UW-Extension Cooperative with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, opponents to the measure say the UW-Extension services are more cost-effective than private consultants and are worried a distance could grow between the offices and the communities they serve. UW-Extension Area Director for Door, Kewaunee, and Manitowoc Counties Rob Burke does not see that happening in the near term and says there could be some benefits to the move.
The UW-System Board of Regents will weigh in on the matter in November. If approved, the changes would be implemented by July 2018.