News & Notes: April 23

April 23, 2013

Germantown gains ground

in superintendent search

Germantown - At the end of April, the Germantown School Board will review the resumes of between four to six potential superintendent candidates.

The search firm contracted to help find a suitable candidate has been gathering input from the community and district administration on what characteristics they would like in a superintendent. The School Board prioritized these qualities and will begin to narrow the search.

Soderberg continues

as School Board president

Germantown - Bob Soderberg will continue as the Germantown School Board president as was decided at the meeting Monday.

Sarah Larson will continue her role as vice president, Michael Loth as treasurer and board member Lester Spies will assume a new role as board clerk.

"It's wonderful to see that consistency and the board keeping those important roles, that will really help the district move forward," Superintendent Susan Borden said.

Contractor selected for

Spassland Park shelter

Germantown - The Germantown Village Board last week awarded the contract for the Spassland Park shelter to VCF Construction.

The cost is not to exceed $35,000.

Germantown Imagination

teams make it to finals

Germantown - After winning honors for creativity, teamwork and problem-solving in local, state and regional tournaments, 11 five-member teams from Germantown's elementary, middle and high schools have earned the right to travel to Destination Imagination's Global Finals, the largest creative thinking and problem solving competition in the world, to be held May 22-26 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Germantown students are among more than 8,000 students representing more than 1,250 teams from the United States and 30 countries that will advance to Global Finals.

To qualify for finals, the teams competed on the UW-Stevens Point Campus on April 13 at the state level. Those teams placing first, second, or third in their challenge group at the state competition are invited to attend the Global Finals. The Destination Imagination teams have been, and continue to fundraise in hopes of covering the expenses of their trip to the Global Finals.

Board approves Park

and Rec facility use

Germantown - The Germantown School Board on Monday approved a facility use variance request for the Germantown Park and Recreation Department.

The Recreation Department uses various rooms at Kennedy Middle School, as well as the Gold Gym and cafeteria for its summer programs.

Germantown, Falls buying

milk from Prairie Farms

Menomonee Falls and Germantown students will receive their milk from Prairie Farms Dairy after the Southeast Wisconsin School Nutrition Cooperative awarded a contract for milk for the 2013-2014 school year to Prairie Farms Dairy.

Prairie Farms processing plants in Illinois and Iowa receive the majority of their milk from Wisconsin farms, and will supply SWSNC school districts with milk next school year. SWSNC met with Dean's, Kemps and Prairie Farms in March to discuss the needs of its 13 member school districts. An RFP for milk products was issued on March 25.

The RFP specified that a contract would be awarded to a company that could meet the requirements of its members, and that received the highest ranking according to preset parameters. Criteria used to consider proposals included price, flavor, service, package appearance, and that the supplier offered a variety of flavors, package sizes and formulations.

Village Centre conducts

short survey

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Village Centre is conducting a short survey to help them understand how people learn about local events.

The survey is available



Board approves zone

change for Greenseams

Germantown - Land on Holy Hill Road was split into three parcels so the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District could acquire one of the parcels for its Greenseams conservation program, Germantown officials decided last week.

A 115-acre parcel was divided into three lots. MMSD will acquire a 52-acre parcel from MLG/RMS Limited for conservation purposes because of the amount and quality of wetlands in that area. The certified survey map was also approved.

Though the village has no control over who sells their land to MMSD, Village Trustee Terri Kaminski said the board should try to work with them in the future to create more park land or a walking path through some of the Greenseams property they acquire within the village.

Village sells notes at 0.3

percent interest rate

Germantown - Bankers Bank out of Madison was the lowest bidder for the sale of Germantown's $1.9 million general obligation promissory notes, which the Village Board approved last week.

The interest rates ranged from 0.3 percent in 2013 to 1.6 percent in 2023. This interest cost is $55,000 lower than anticipated.

Village Board appoints

bond attorney

Germantown - The Germantown Village Board last week appointed Tom Griggs as the village's bond attorney.

Griggs has worked as the village's bond attorney for many years through the law firm of Godfrey and Kahn. He has since left to start his own practice and the village decided to continue working with him.

New park playground equipment to be installed

Germantown - Fireman's Park in Germantown will soon have new playground equipment, village officials decided last week.

The Village Board approved the expenditure of $50,000.

Village Trustee Art Zabel asked whether the playground could eventually get rubber ground instead of the traditionally used mulch. Assistant Park and Recreation Director Joe Masiarchin said the cost to replace mulch every three years is ultimately less expensive than a rubber surface over time; however, it could be something the village can consider in future years.

Colgate resident named

recent award-winner

Menomonee Falls - Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital recognized Colgate resident Debbie Hamilton, a registered nurse, as their second quarter DAISY award winner on April 11.

Winners are nominated by patients to receive the honor. Hamilton is a registered nurse in the Outpatient Care Center and has been with the hospital since January 2009. Her nomination described Hamilton as always smiling, doing extra little things for patients even on busy days and always going above and beyond patient expectation.

DAISY, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, recognizes nurses as unsung heroes of our society who deserve more recognition and honor than they receive. More than 1,000 hospitals throughout the United States participate in the DAISY award program.

Two awarded Spirit

of Caring awards

Menomonee Falls - Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital has named doctors Dennis Shepherd of Elm Grove and Laurie Amundsen of Menomonee Falls as the recipients of the 2013 Spirit of Caring Awards.

The recipients were notified in late March, before National Doctors' Day, which was March 30. The Spirit of Caring - Excellence in the Medical Profession Award recognizes members of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff who have displayed extraordinary professionalism or compassion through interaction with peers and patients and who embody excellence through service, innovation, technical skill, leadership or practice.

Shepherd's professionalism and dedication to the medical profession is evident from his past leadership role of the medical staff to the realignment of the clinical service units. Shepherd is a longtime member of the medical staff, consistently receives high patient satisfaction scores and currently serves as the director of the emergency and critical care services CSU.

Amundsen has taken medical mission trips to Honduras to provide care to individuals in need; demonstrating her commitment to volunteerism and human compassion. Amundsen organized and attended the mission trips as well as supervised the efforts of 14 nurse practitioner students on one of the trips. Closer to home, her dedication to service continues as an active church member where she serves as friend, confidant and mentor. She has also been a past Community Memorial Foundation's Wheeling for Healing participant. Investing time in volunteer activities as well as delivering exceptional patient care every time makes Amundsen a worthy award recipient.

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