News & Notes: April 16

April 16, 2013

Rummage 4 Rambo

needs your donations

Germantown - JK Lee Tae Kwon Do requires a community support project in order to achieve the level of black belt. Two boys want to help Rambo, Germantown's very own canine officer.

The boys are hosting the first Rummage 4 Rambo on May 25. However, they need community donations, from household items to monetary items.

Clean out the kitchen, closets and garage and bring the items to the police department, W16877 Mequon Road, after making an appointment with Lt. Huesemann. You may contact him via email at or by calling (262) 253-7780 anytime or call Danielle Schultz (262) 271-3467 or email

Village divides land

to fix drainage issues

Menomonee Falls - The Village Board on Monday approved changes to the certified survey map that divides land on the northwest corner of Maple and Christman roads to allow for drainage work.

The land is owned by the Gross family. As the village works on improving stormwater drainage on Christman Road, the village acquired some of the Gross' land necessary to complete this work.

"That will finally be allowed to handle excess water that has been a real problem for the last 30 to 40 years, and this is a real dynamic proposal for us to be able to take care of it," Village Trustee Michael McDonald said.

Don Pridemore hosts

budget listening session

Menomonee Falls - Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Erin) is hosting a listening session in Menomonee Falls centered on Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget.

The session is 7 p.m. Thursday at the Menomonee Falls Public Library, N8436 Pilgrim Road.

Clean up the river

in Menomonee Falls

Menomonee Falls - Milwaukee Riverkeeper is hosting the 18th Annual Spring River Cleanup on Saturday.

Volunteers can meet at 8:30 a.m. at Rotary Park shelter, between Fond du Lac and Menomonee avenues in Menomonee Falls, Saturday to help clean up various areas throughout the village. Bags and gloves are supplied. The cleanup goes until noon, when a small lunch is provided.

Email stormwater or call (262) 532-4417 for information.

Minutemen Ministries allowed to rent hotel

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday approved Minutemen Ministries using the former Colony Hotel property, W14131 Beacon Street, as office space.

Minutemen Ministries will lease and refurbish the building. Specific design changes have to be approved by the Architectural Control Board.

Richfield Way

renamed Falls Parkway

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday renamed Richfield Way to Falls Parkway to better reflect the village's thoroughfare.

That roadway is part of Tax Incremental District No. 8 which includes the former Stolper Industries plant that is currently being redeveloped. Part of the project includes extending Falls Parkway to meet with Pilgrim Road and feed into the development.

Board to act on teacher contracts at next meeting

Germantown - The Germantown School Board is expected to act on a number of teacher contract requests at its next meeting Monday.

Plans had been in motion to act on the requests last week, but the issue was tabled without any discussion. Superintendent Sue Borden said there are pending details that still need to be worked out.

Propane cylinders pose hazards to workers

Waukesha - Workers at the Waukesha County Materials Recycling Facility removed more than 100 small propane cylinders from the recyclables the first week of April and there are concerns that this problem will continue to increase throughout the summer.

Waukesha County and the recycling facility operator, ReCommunity Recycling, is asking residents to not place propane cylinders in their household blue recycling bin. Propane cylinders pose a serious risk to workers because during the baling process materials are compressed with hundreds of pounds of pressure in order to form large bales for shipping. Even when the cylinders are empty, they remain pressurized and can explode when compacted.

Propane tank/cylinder manufacturers recommend that consumers return unusable propane tanks to a local distributor. Check for the "manufacturer's tag" as a source of contact/disposal information. Alternatively, many local scrap metal collections accept empty propane cylinders for recycling. Visit to find propane tank dealers in Waukesha County that will safely dispose of used or unwanted propane tanks.

Organization donates $5,000 to GHS class

Germantown - The School Board last week approved a donation valued at $5,000 that benefits Germantown High School's energy, power and transportation class within the technical education department.

Ten horizontal shaft engines have been given to the class to assist in hands-on learning. District officials did not readily have available the name of the donor at the meeting, but the organization will be revealed at the next board meeting on April 22.

District assembling 2013-14 meeting calendar

Germantown - Members of the Germantown School Board are in the process of piecing together their 2013-14 school year meeting calendar with administrators. A draft copy of the schedule was presented last week.

Tentatively, the status-quo approach of having regular board meetings on the second and fourth Monday of each month will continue. Personnel, Policy, Finance and Building committees likely will meet before on a staggered basis.

One meeting each is planned in the months of December and May, due to winter and spring breaks, respectively. The district's annual meeting is scheduled for Sept. 23.

School Board OK's

salary lane changes

Germantown - The Germantown School Board last week gave administrators authority to implement lane changes for qualifying teachers for the 2013-14 school year.

Teachers who have attained a certain number of graduation-level course credits could move up the salary structure and be privy to an additional $1,500 in compensation per year.

Review of human growth and development planned

Germantown - District officials are in the process of assembling a human growth and development committee to assess and possibly recommend changes to curriculum.

While school districts are not required to offer human growth and development curriculum, those that do are required to perform periodic reviews under state statutes.

The committee could meet as early as this summer, based on action taken by the School Board last week. Committee members will meet at least three times.

Board OK's DECA's overnight travel request

Germantown - Three Germantown High School students in the DECA program have been permitted to attend the organization's national convention in Anaheim, Calif.

Board approval is required for all overnight field trips. The national competition takes place April 23-28. DECA's adviser, Peter Hammen, will accompany the students.

District looking into alternative compensation

Germantown - Teacher compensation in the Germantown School District could look different in upcoming school years, based on a discussion at a School Board meeting last week.

Officials briefly discussed the concept of alternative compensation methods. No firm decisions were made, but a facilitator or consultant will likely be hired to assist with the process. A new compensation structure could be in place as soon as the 2014-15 school year.

"We will strongly encourage input on all fronts because this does impact our teaching population," board member Sarah Larson said.

Enrollment increasing in early childhood program

Germantown - An all-time high of 32 students are enrolled in Germantown School District's early childhood program, staff shared with School Board members last week.

Members of the district's early childhood program - geared toward students with moderate to severe disabilities - delivered a presentation to board members. In addition to the 32 enrollees, 14 pending evaluations are being reviewed.

"Three- to 6-year-olds are unbelievable to work with," said school psychologist Lisa Bartolone, who assists in coordinating the program. "There's an explosion of growth that takes place."

School district updates several board policies

Germantown - The Germantown School Board last week approved a number of updates to its board policies. Some of the changes were designed to mirror revisions in state statutes to ensure compliance.

One of the policy changes, about discrimination, allows for clubs and organizations - even if they are of religious nature - to be held on school grounds, so long as they are geared solely toward students and are held outside the parameters of the regular school day.

Germantown joins effort to collect 35,000 meals

Germantown - Carroll University alumni and other members of the Germantown community are invited to join Carroll's nationwide effort to collect 35,000 meals for the hungry by April 13.

Desert Aire Corp., W18485 Freistadt Road in Germantown, is one of 14 food collection sites in seven states. Donations of nonperishable food can be dropped off between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Participants may also donate to any local food pantry and are asked to fill out a simple form at to have their donation included in the total collected.

Target Corp. and Feeding America are partners for the third annual National Day of Service food drive organized by Waukesha-based Carroll. In two years, the effort has raised nearly 60,000 meals.

Fire Department raises funds for lung association

Menomonee Falls - Members of the Menomonee Falls Fire Department and Accent Construction made up the fifth highest fundraising team for the Wisconsin's Fight for Air Climb that took place in downtown Milwaukee in March.

The team raised $1,677 for the American Lung Association. There were close to 2,600 participants who raised $556,000.

Principal receives administrator of the year

Menomonee Falls - Riverside Elementary School Principal Scott Walter was recognized as the Administrator of the Year by the Civic Music Association for his work in support music education and teachers at the school.

He will be honored May 5.

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