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Mayor to step down mid-term

Mayor to step down mid-term

Sun Prairie's mayor said he'll be stepping down at the end of the month.

Mayor John Murray told News 3 Wednesday afternoon that he is resigning from the position and his last day will be April 30. He said it's been a privilege to serve as mayor but he wants to spend more time with his family.

Murray was first elected as mayor in April 2011 and earned a second term last year, according to the city website.

Murray said since he has less than a year left before the next election, the city council will appoint someone to replace him until April 2015.

Before he was mayor, Murray served as an alder and president on the Sun Prairie Common Council.

Candidates discuss variety of education topics at school board forum

The three candidates for Sun Prairie Area School District board talked about the role of the school board, staffing levels, educational equity and a variety of other topics during a forum held at the library Sunday.

The forum, hosted by the Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition, included candidates Carol Albright, Jessica Moehr and Tom Weber, who are vying for two open positions on the school board during the April 1 election, according to a Sun Prairie Star report.

Read more on what candidates Albright, Moehr and Weber said during the forum through the Star online... Read More

3 school board candidates share budget views

Three candidates for Sun Prairie’s school board spoke with Sun Prairie Star Managing Editor Chris Mertes on Feb. 12 on KSUN’s "Talk of the Town" program.

Read Incumbent Tom Weber and candidates Carol Albright and Jessica Moehr’s views on what changes they would have made to the 2013-14 budget and about their experience working with budgets... Read More

Treasurer leaves Milton position to work for Sun Prairie

Members of the Sun Prairie City Council unanimously approved hiring a new administrative services director on Feb. 4.

Connie DeKemper will leave her position with Milton after two years as the city treasurer to oversee several Sun Prairie city departments, according to the Sun Prairie Star and Milton Courier. ... Read More

City of Sun Prairie department consolidation tabled

Sun Prairie alders expect in the next week to decide whether to adopt a proposal from City Administrator Aaron Oppenheimer to consolidate the city's public works and engineering divisions under one department... Read More

City budget approved

The Sun Prairie Common Council approved Mayor John Murray’s 2014 budget this week, but the decision was not unanimous with an alder calling the package “disingenuous.”... Read More

DPI announces school-funding numbers

DPI announces school-funding numbers

The Department of Public Instruction released school-funding numbers Tuesday, and 183 districts will see an increase in state aid. Another 239 districts, including the Madison Metropolitan School District, will see a decrease in state aid.

Total aid given to districts has increased by a total of $47.9 million from the last school year bringing the total school funding budget to $4.342 billion, according to a release.

Funding for Madison will drop 14.5 percent compared to last year. The district will get $49.9 million from the state, which is about $9 million less than last year.