Wagner running for W-F school board
Duxbury not seeking re-election
By Angie Landsverk
The April 7 election will see one Weyauwega-Fremont School Board member leave and a former member seek a return to it.
Richard Wagner is running for the town of Weyauwega seat he held years ago.
Kurt Duxbury currently holds the seat and is not seeking re-election.
“The biggest reason is we have a new baby coming in April,” Duxbury said when asked why he is not running again.
He and his wife Anna are expecting their fourth child.
The age range of their children means they have much going on with them, Duxbury said.
Their sons are 13 and 10, and their daughter is 5.
He wants to be involved in their activities.
“I feel like I’ve done my part,” Duxbury said.
He worked in the school district for seven years, is completing his second term on the school board and is also the board president.
Duxbury joined the district in 1998 as a middle school math teacher.
During his tenure, he also served as an athletic director and principal.
In 2005, he joined Quantum Dairy full time as a partner and general manager.
Duxbury appreciates the community support he received throughout his time on the board and when he worked in the district.
What he is most proud of being part of during his tenure on the board is passing the referendum on the first try.
Voters in the district approved the $21 million referendum in November 2016.
Duxbury said it has become unusual for school referendums to pass on the first attempt.
Weyauwega-Fremont’s project included additions and improvements at the high school, as well as improvements at Fremont Elementary.
He appreciates the staff and the education his children are receiving.
“I drop my kids off every day. I know they’re loved, and I know they’re taught,” Duxbury said. “That’s all I can ask for as a parent.”
He feels comfortable with his decision, noting Wagner has previous board experience.
Wagner is Duxbury’s father-in-law.
There are several reasons why Wagner is interested in serving on the board again.
In a few months, he and his wife Kathy will have 15 grandchildren in the school district.
“At this point, being retired, I have more time. I have the perspective of being on the board, so it’s not an unknown for me,” he said. “I always considered it an opportunity for input and a great way to serve the community.”
Wagner previously served on the board for about 11 1/2 years, ending around 2002, he said.
The Waupaca High School graduate grew up west of Waupaca.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in industrial engineering, followed by a master’s degree and doctorate in food science.
In 1978, Wagner joined the family business, the former Wega Milk Products,
He was a principal owner of Trega Foods when it was sold to Agropur in early 2008.
Wagner then retired.
He is the president of the board at Quantum Dairy.
Wagner is interested in music ministry at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Weyauwega.
He and Kathy deliver Meals on Wheels and are somewhat active with the local food pantry, he said.
“My wife and I and our children are involved with the Wagner Family Tree Farm,” Wagner said.
The tree farm is adjacent to Quantum Dairy.
Wagner looks forward to serving on the board again.
“I think the school is being very well managed by the current board, and I look forward to helping that process continue and serving the great people of the town of Weyauwega,” he said.
Also up for re-election this spring is Mark Alberts.
He holds the town of Fremont seat, and is running unopposed.
Alberts was first appointed to the board in May 2017.
Terms on the school board are for three years.