News & Notes: Nov. 26

Nov. 26, 2013

Board candidate orientation

meeting Dec. 10

Menomonee Falls — Menomonee Falls School District residents considering running for School Board in spring should consider attending a board candidate orientation session at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in rooms 3344/45 at Village Hall, N8480 Pilgrim Road, that will explain what board membership entails.

School Board members attend regular meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, as well as specially scheduled meetings and workshops. In addition, board members join two of four committees, Finance, Personnel, Policy and Curriculum and Learning.

Other duties may include being representatives on committees like Human Growth and Development and Communications. Officers are selected by the board each year after the April election. Positions include president, vice president, treasurer and clerk.

Papers to file for candidacy are available at the district office. They are due back to the district by 5 p.m. Jan. 7.

School Board discusses

conceal and carry

Germantown — The Germantown School Board on Monday discussed allowing off-duty law enforcement officers to carry firearms on school property.

School Board President Bob Soderberg put the item on the agenda after learning that the law did allow off-duty officers to have firearms on school premises. A letter of recommendation from Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell urged the board to approve the change. The board supported changing their policies to allow off-duty officers to carry firearms on school property and will take action on the issue at a future meeting.

Officials select

voluntary vision plan

Germantown — The Germantown School Board on Monday selected a voluntary vision plan for all employees with Delta Dental beginning Feb. 1, 2014.

For a single employee, the plan costs $7.80 per month and covers up to $75 for a frame and $200 for contact lenses.

Falls named to AP District Honor Roll

Menomonee Falls — More students in the Menomonee Falls School District are taking college-prep classes and performing better on tests that can earn college credit.

The College Board has named the district to the fourth annual AP District Honor Roll, one of 477 districts across the United States and Canada to receive recognition.

The Honor Roll uses three years of data, 2011-13, from all students who took advanced placement classes in May of those years. Criteria includes an increase in participation in and access to AP classes by 4 percent in large districts, 6 percent in medium districts and 11 percent in small districts. Falls is considered a small district. Districts also must maintain performance levels of an AP exam score of 3 or better on the 1-5 scale. Students at many universities earn college credit for scores 3 and higher.

Germantown's Quilted Bear

to undergo transformation

Germantown — The Quilted Bear Restaurant & Banquet Hall, N111 W18611 Mequon Road, in Germantown, has sold and will be re-branded under new ownership.

The sale was finalized for $600,000 to Project Design Management two weeks ago. The company will rebrand and revamp the restaurant and banquet hall under the new name Florian Park. The former Quilted Bear had been in business for nearly 30 years before it went out of business in November 2012.

The building sits on a 17-acre property. It was built in the early 1980s and boasts two larger banquet halls, a separate restaurant facility, and a larger parking lot with more than 160 parking spaces.

There wasn't an immediate grand opening date set for the new Florian Park, but plans are being made for an early-to-mid 2014 launch.

Six tons of plastic

recycled instead of wasted

Menomonee Falls — More than 12,000 pounds of plastic was diverted from the landfill and recycled through a collaboration with Johnson's Nursery on Menomonee Falls and Waukesha County at Johnson's Nursery.

This recycling initiative held on Oct. 19 was open to both businesses and residents. Residents and businesses were able to bring used plastic growing pots, plant trays, and plant containers free of charge for recycling.

A total of 52 half pallets totaling 6 tons of plastics were picked up on Nov. 7 by East Jordan Plastics of East Jordan, Mich., one of the largest manufacturers of horticultural containers in North America.

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