News & Notes: Jan. 28

Jan. 28, 2014

District officials discuss process for administrator evaluations

Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls School Board on Monday discussed the evaluation process for administrators during a work session that followed the regular business meeting.

Officials reviewed the district's strategic goals — a list that includes student achievement data — and discussed how the information can be integrated into evaluations of people at the head each of Menomonee Falls schools.

Plans call for an annual review of each of the district's strategic goals through similar work session meetings.

Menomonee Falls school calendars set for next two years

Menomonee Falls — Parents in Menomonee Falls can begin planning vacations and other activities for the next few years.

The School Board on Monday voted in favor of district calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

For the 2014-15 school year, classes begin Sept. 2 and conclude June 11, 2015. For the 2015-16 school year, classes begin Sept. 1, 2015 and conclude June 8, 2016.

In both school years, winter break begins Dec. 24 and concludes at the end of the following week.

In the 2014-15 school year, spring break is from April 3-10, 2015. In the 2015-16 school year, it has been scheduled from March 25 to April 1.

Full details of both calendars are available on the district's website,

School District hosting kindergarten registration

Germantown — The Germantown School District's 2014-15 kindergarten registration is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 26. The registration continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 27. Kindergarten registration takes place at all public elementary schools, and families are welcome to register at any site. An informational letter about registration was mailed out late January to those families on the school census. If you did not receive a registration letter, please call Doris Adrian in Teaching and Learning at (262) 253-3907.

Any child who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014, is eligible for admission to kindergarten according to state law. Parents/Guardians are requested to present a birth certificate, passport or similar proof of child's age when registering on Feb. 26 or 27. Please bring the following additional information to registration: two forms proving residency; child's immunization record; parents' work phone numbers, a name and phone number to contact in an emergency; name and phone number of the child's doctor.

Registration materials are available to be filled out at the schools — Amy Belle Elementary (253-3470), County Line Elementary (253-3465), Mac Arthur Elementary (253-3468) and Rockfield Elementary (253-3472) — on Feb. 26 or 27. Parents may choose to download the materials off the district website, bring the completed forms along with the information mentioned above to the school on Feb. 26 or 27. If parents would like a copy of the registration materials mailed to a home address, please call Doris Adrian at (262) 253-3907.

Falls police host accreditation review

Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls Police Department will host a site review for continuing accreditation for the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group.

Everyone is invited to meet the site visit team and share comments about the Menomonee Falls Police Department in person at a meeting scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb.19 at the Menomonee Falls Village Hall, N8480 Pilgrim Road.

Telephone comments are welcome and can be made from 2 to 3 p.m. by calling (262) 532-8700.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group at 8133 W. Raymond Lane, West Allis, WI 53219 or e-mail

All written comments should be received by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Board by March 7.

Germantown splits nonresident seats between 220, Open Enrollment

Germantown — The Germantown School Board on Monday decided 34 open seats will be split in the 2014-15 school year between Chapter 220 students and nonresident Open Enrollment students without credit deficiencies. The seats will be allocated between Amy Belle Elementary School, County Line Elementary School, MacArthur Elementary School and Germantown High School.

Currently, no special education seats are available to accommodate special needs Chapter 220 or nonresident Open Enrollment students.

The Germantown school administration requested that the board continue to accept the eight existing tuition waiver students because they are already included in the current enrollment figures.

In addition, the administration asked the board to accept siblings of current Chapter 220 and nonresident Open Enrollment students in all grade levels. It was reasoned that the number of siblings normally amounts to less than 10 students per year.

The board approved split, 6-1, with member Bruce Warnimont voting no.

Bank raises money benefiting Falls food pantry

Menomonee Falls — A grand total of $1,353.26 was collected at the Menomonee Falls location of Cornerstone Community Bank thanks to the customers and employees who brought donations into the bank during the month of December to benefit the Menomonee Falls Area Food Pantry.

"We think it's fantastic the amount of money collected in only one month," said Larry Burg, Menomonee Falls Area Food Pantry board member. "We are very thankful to Cornerstone for their continued assistance, not only financially, but also for their help in raising awareness about the pantry in our community."

The mission of the food pantry is to gather and distribute food to those with acute or chronic need who live in the greater Menomonee Falls area. The Falls Area Food Pantry strives to raise awareness of hunger in our community and provide volunteer opportunities for community members to serve one another. For more information about the Menomonee Falls Area Food Pantry, please call (262) 251-6848.

Board OKs amended plans for Christman Estates development

Menomonee Falls — While plans for a single-family subdivision known as Christman Estates are moving forward, the exact layout of the new development has been amended, following a motion last week from the Menomonee Falls Village Board.

The 28-lot subdivision, planned along Maple and Christman roads, abuts Maple Road Park. An amended agreement approved by the board calls for a portion of the northern edge of the site, near the park, to be rezoned from a single-family residential use to an open space designation.

As part of the agreement, a land swap took place that gave the subdivision's developers an additional 20,312 square feet of land on the opposite end of the site.

Village Board signs off on plans for Kohl's corporate campus

Menomonee Falls — Plans to convert a portion of Kohl's corporate campus at W165 N5830 Ridgewood Drive were approved last week by the Menomonee Falls Village Board.

Kohl's officials in November dropped plans to build a new corporate campus in the village's Woodland Prime office development. Instead, the company is accommodating expansion plans by converting existing buildings to new uses.

The approved plans entail altering a building used primarily for warehouse space to a traditional office facility. About 1,500 employees are expected to work out of the building.

Village redeems bonds early to save money

Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls Village Board last week approved a plan to pay off the remaining amount owed on general obligation promissory notes that were taken out in September 2004.

While the full balance of the bonds is not due until Sept. 1, village staff approached the board with a plan to pay off the balance within the next month and save about $4,805 in interest.

"Since these 2004 notes are callable, and because we already received funding from the tax levy, it would be prudent to pay off the 2004 notes immediately instead of waiting until September," Finance Director Jason Kaczmarek said.

Village Board OKs water main extension along Silver Spring Drive

Menomonee Falls — Municipal water mains will be installed along portions of Silver Spring Drive as part of a plan approved last week by the Menomonee Falls Village Board.

The plan includes extending the village's existing water main line along Silver Spring Drive, from Evergreen Lane to Town Line Road. Property owners within the area will be specially assessed for the work.

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