As expected, the school board in Rhinelander has fired a high school English teacher who is in trouble with the law. On a vote of 6-0 with one abstention, the board terminated Joshua Juergens $44,500 annual contract at their Monday meeting.
Juergens has been charged with felonies for theft and for growing marijuana in his home. He is believed to have stolen over $9,000 worth of computers and equipment from the Rhinelander schools. Police believe he has some computer equipment that belongs to other victims as well. School officials do not believe Juergens involved students in any way when committing his crimes.
Juergens remains in the Oneida County Jail, unable to post a $1,500 cash bond. He’s due back in court on Thursday for his preliminary hearing on the theft and drug charges.