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Preserve Conserve T-Shirts Available

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Preserve Conserve t-shirts designed by Conserve School senior Erty Seidel are available for purchase by mail order.

T-shirts are $15 each plus a small shipping fee. The shirts are being offered for sale by Rick Korinek and the order form can be found attached to this article. Show your support in style.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2009 00:29
 

Help Conserve Community Continue To Raise Funds

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Conserve Community still needs your support! The following update was sent to Conserve Community members this afternoon:

We are close to the hearing date and are very encouraged with the recent developments with the Attorney General's office!!!  We still need to pay legal fees.  If every one of the 260 people involved with Conserve Community could pay $100 or more, we would raise $25,000 before the hearing.

 

This is our chance to put our best foot forward!  Please donate now!

Please show your support by donating any amount you are able to. The Donate buttons on the left sidebar allow you to quickly and securely donate using a credit card.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2009 00:28
 

Good News from the Wisconsin AG's Office!

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(Please bear with us as we sort through the information and deal with a few technical issues.We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience)

The Wisconsin Attorney General's office is filing several motions today to intervene in the litigation.

This is a promising step in the litigation. From what we know, the Attorney General has alleged similar things to what Conserve Community and the individual plaintiffs did in their complaint. This is a testament to the validity and the strength of the allegations put forth by the plaintiffs and their attorneys.

We will be posting updates as details emerge and are confirmed.

While the last few weeks have seen a lull of activity surrounding the case, this is expected to change with the intervention of the Attorney General's office and the next hearing scheduled for a week away. Please Stay tuned for updates.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2009 18:13
 

Wisconsin Attorney General Files Motion To Intervene (Updated)

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The Wisconsin Attorney General's office is filing several motions today to intervene in the litigation. The Attorney General is seeking to appoint recently retired Supreme Court Justice Wilcox the conservator of Conserve School Corporation to provide recommendations to the Court as to the proper course of action for the future of the school. In addition, the Attorney General asks the court to issue a preliminary injunction requiring Conserve School to continue operation as a four-year, college preparatory school while the Trust is reconstructed by the conservator.

Alleged in the AG's filings:

  • The trustees made the decision to reduce funding to Conserve School to avoid selling the Trust's CSTW stock because, in part, it might lead to the loss of a controlling stake in the company.
  • A loss of a controlling stake in CSTW might jeopardize the employment or directorship of the trustees.
  • The decision to reduce funding to Conserve School was "made under circumstances where personal interests of the individual defendants were in actual or potential conflict with their interests as trustees."
  • "The competing and conflicting interests of the individual defendants as directors of the Corporation, trustees of the Trust, and employees and directors of the Company, have rendered them incapable of exercising independent judgment as to the affairs of the Corporation in matters effecting the Trust and the Company."
  • The Corporation, if governed by an independent board with undivided loyalty and acting with reasonable diligence, would have challenged the decision by the Trust to reduce funding rather than to sell a portion of company stock and would have engaged in "reasonable efforts to obtain alternative funding... so that its continued operations were not solely dependant on gifts from the Trust and the economic performance of the Company."
  • The defendants failed to protect "Conserve School and the Corporation's rights as the primary beneficiary of the Trust" leading to the Culver lawsuit.

The filings are all attached to this article.

This is a promising step in the litigation. The Attorney General alleges many of the same things as Conserve Community and the individual plaintiffs did in their complaint. This is a testament to the validity and the strength of the allegations put forth by attorneys for the plaintiffs.

While the last few weeks have seen a lull of activity surrounding the case, this is expected to change with the intervention of the Attorney General's office and the next hearing scheduled for a week away. Stay tuned for updates.

WI DOJ Press Release:  http://www.doj.state.wi.us/news/2009/nr041409_02.asp


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:39
 

Forums Being Replaced

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The forums are going to be replaced some time in the next week. They have never enjoyed much traffic, something I attribute partly to lousy forum software. I am going to attempt to replace them with something more functional. phpBB is the target if I can get a bridge to work without straining the server too much.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2009 00:28
 

Update From Conserve Community

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Conserve Community released the following update last night:


It has been a while since our last communication so we thought we’d provide a brief update.

Things have been quiet on the surface but activities have continued and escalated behind the scenes.  The legal team has been working to execute the steps necessary to be prepared for the April 22-23 hearing in Eagle River, Wisconsin.  These steps include deposing defendants, performing detailed background research, and preparing the brief for the hearing.  Unfortunately, these activities are legally required to remain confidential until the hearing or, are technical activities that do not translate well into the context of our larger goals.

Essentially there is nothing really tangible to report at this time.

Nonetheless, rest assured that the legal team will be prepared to make our case on April 22 and if anything changes, or non-confidential information becomes available before then, we will report that information to you as soon as possible.

Fundraising also continues!  Although we had a very successful fundraiser we are only about half way to our target amount.  If you have not contributed, and are financially able to do so, we are still accepting donations on www.bringbackconserve.com and everyone involved in the effort to Preserve Conserve greatly appreciates your support.

Thank You


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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2009 00:27
 

Preserve Conserve Benefit: Thank you for making it a wonderful success!

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Last Friday was not a typical Friday of Spring Parents Weekend. The Conserve students presented their spring musical performance "Cinderella," and the show was absolutely stellar.  The level of commitment and comradeship demonstrated by the young actors was nothing short of profound. Friday’s performance was almost a complete sellout and the atmosphere was bitter sweet as parents and community members watched the students perform their hearts out, knowing this could possibly be the last such performance.

What made Friday special was that the Conserve Community held a fundraiser to support efforts to “Preserve Conserve”. The support from the entire Conserve Community was absolutely incredible.  We had every part of our community represented.  It was inspirational to meet parents of alumni who came just for the event, and community members that never had a child at Conserve but felt it was a community asset worth fighting for.  Of course students, parents, and alumni were present and we had an amazing and fun evening.  Music was provided by “Jazzworks” and Mama’s Little Hippies”, both anchored by Conserve parents Denise and Charlie Sauter.  Once the band started, the dancing didn’t stop!

We would like to thank everybody who participated in the benefit, as it was the dedicated spirit of the entire Conserve Community that made the event wonderful. We would also like to extend a special thank you to everyone who helped make the fundraiser a success by either contributing their time, items to raffle, or financial support. Because of your dedication, the Preserve Conserve Benefit Auction raised over $11,000 that will help pay for legal expenses as we prepare for the April 22 hearing.  Please accept our thanks and gratitude, as the effort to preserve Conserve School would not be possible without the incredible support from the entire Conserve Community.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2009 00:27
 

Online Bidding Closed

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Online bidding has closed. Thank you to all who participated. You can check the status of your bids in the catalog. Items not bought out will go to tonight's silent auction in Land O' Lakes for further bidding. Online bidders will be notified if they have won after tonight's results are in.
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Last Updated on Saturday, 11 April 2009 16:18
 


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Donate to Conserve Community

Conserve Community has opened an account to accept donations for legal and other expenses. You can donate quickly, easily, and securely by clicking one of the buttons below. Donations are handled through Paypal, but an account is not required - just a credit/debit card!

Want to donate anonymously? Our donation system now allows you to include a note if you want to keep your name hidden in donor recognition efforts.


One-time Donation - Choose Your Own Amount:


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Conserve Community requests that you consult your accountant regarding tax deductions for these donations.

Your donations will help Conserve Community continue advocating for responsibility and transparency. Thank you for supporting Conserve Community!

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