By Tim Kowols
The passage of a 2015 referendum and the current success of fundraising for other projects are giving more credence to the return home of Kewaunee High School Principal Mark Dax. A 1988 Kewaunee graduate, Dax was hired months after Kewaunee residents approved $15.4 million in renovation and construction for the district, giving students improved facilities not just for its core subjects but also in agriculture, technical, and physical education. The high school is currently undergoing other fundraising to complete some of the projects not covered by the referendum including new seating in the theater. Dax says Kewaunee shows what it takes for a community to raise a child.
An open house this fall caught the eye of 1984 Kewaunee alum Kenlyn Rietz, the president and CEO of Manitowoc-based debt collection agency Americollect. Impressed by the new facilities and commitment of taxpayers, Rietz donated $3,000 towards Kewaunee High School’s theater seat campaign and its career and technical education department.