News & Notes: Jan. 15

Jan. 15, 2013

School Board approves

42 Open Enrollment seats

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls School Board on Monday approved offering 42 Open Enrollment seats and no Chapter 220 seats for the 2013-14 school year.

The application period for families to open enroll is Feb. 4 to April 30. Parents will be notified of approval or denial by June 7. By June 28, parents have to notify their nonresident school district if they plan to attend.

Board to teacher salary schedule next month

Germantown - The Germantown School Board is scheduled to discuss teacher salaries for the 2013-14 school year at the next regular meeting Feb. 11.

The board had been scheduled to discuss the issue at a meeting Monday, but it was tabled because the board's Personnel Committee had not met in advance.

'Every 15 Minutes' could return to GHS this spring

Germantown - An event designed to remind young drivers of the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol could return this spring at Germantown High School.

Local organizers behind Every 15 Minutes are seeking financial support for the project, which has taken place in the past at GHS and has involved a number of local agencies.

The event includes a simulation of an alcohol-related crash and would include participation from GHS students. Past iterations of Every 15 Minutes also have featured guest speakers who have lost a loved one to an alcohol-related crash or drove behind the wheel irresponsibly.

For information, call Ray Borden, crime prevention officer, at the Germantown Police Department at (262) 253-4079.

Falls School Board

OKs debt refinancing

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls School Board on Monday approved the issuance and sale of approximately $9,990,000 general obligation refunding bonds, series 2013, a move that saves the School District $1.3 million over the course of the next decade.

The bonds were sold at a 2.02 percent interest rate, which will save the district about $90,000 per year as they pay down the bonds, Director of Business Services Jeff Gross said. The interest rate was at 5 percent.

The bonds are from 2007 and were related to the $19.5 million high school renovation project.

The refinancing doesn't help the operating budget, but does help the tax levy and will benefit the taxpayers over the next 15 years, said Michele Wiberg, managing director of PMA Securities, the district's financial adviser.

The School Board also discussed the sale of the bonds last year; however, chose to wait and see if interest rates move lower, which it did.

Survey looks for ways

to make state healthier

Germantown - Public health researchers are coming to the Germantown area beginning the week of Jan. 14 to gather information about the health of the community.

The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin has been gathering health information since 2008. It builds a database of information for researchers and community planners to use when looking for ways to combat health problems that Wisconsin battles every day.

In 2013, SHOW researchers will visit 36 neighborhoods around the state collecting information from rural, suburban as well as urban areas. The study is designed to cover each section of the state and divide the research between cities, villages and rural areas. The result is a database that describes Wisconsin today and measures future changes.

SHOW is funded by the National Institutes of Health's Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and by the Partnership for a Healthy Future. SHOW is a research project from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Germantown schools receive five donations

Germantown - The Germantown School Board on Monday approved five donations from several organizations.

The Germantown Gridiron Club has donated $5,200 to the Germantown High School football team to purchase camera equipment. The Germantown Booster Club also donated $1,000 to GHS toward a projector.

County Line Elementary School received three donations this past month: $2,449 through the Box Tops for Education program, $1,873 from Target's Take Charge for Education program and a $689 rebate from Visual Image Photography for school pictures.

District's 2013-14 calendar to be reviewed next month

Germantown - The Germantown School Board could act on the district's 2013-14 calendar next month.

Board member Lester Spies, who chairs the Calendar Committee, said he and other members have been reviewing components of the calendar for the upcoming school year.

Tentatively, Spies said the start and end dates would be similar to the 2012-13 school year. Throughout the year, Spies said efforts are under way to reduce the number of half-days.

Dispatchers receive slight

raise per Act 10

Menomonee Falls - Dispatchers in Menomonee Falls will all receive a 0.9 percent wage increase after the Village Board approved the 2013 agreement between the village and the Telecommunicator's Association Local 510.

The 0.9 percent increase is a stipulation of Wisconsin Act 10.

School Board OKs

overnight travel request

Germantown - Nineteen members of the Germantown High School Pom and Dance Team have been permitted to attend a state competition in LaCrosse on Feb. 1 and 2.

All team members will be responsible for lodging and other related expenses, but transportation by way of a bus will be covered by the school.

Board approval is necessary for any school-sanctioned events involving overnight stays.

Students receive Service Academies nominations

Menomonee Falls - U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) recently announced that 21 students from Wisconsin's Fifth Congressional District have received nominations to the U.S. Service Academies.

Of the 21 students, three from Brookfield have been named principal nominees. If the principal nominee meets the academic, physical, and medical standards set by the academy, they are assured an offer of appointment to the academy. If the principal nominee does not qualify or chooses not to attend, the alternates compete for the vacancy. Alternates are also part of a pool of applicants from which the academies will choose their incoming class.

Mikayla Robertson of Menomonee Falls has been nominated to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Mikayla, the daughter of Troy and Felicia Robertson, is a senior at Menomonee Falls High School.

Erin Schneider of Menomonee Falls has been nominated to attend the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Erin, the daughter of Terry Schneider and Mary Higgins, is a senior at Menomonee Falls High School.

Carter Welsh of Menomonee Falls has been nominated to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Carter, the son of Patrick and Geralyn Welsh, is a senior at Menomonee Falls High School.

Nominees for the United States Service Academies were chosen from an impressive group of applicants residing throughout Wisconsin's Fifth Congressional District. Sensenbrenner is currently accepting nomination applications from the new Fifth District for those who would like to enter any United States Service Academy in the summer of 2014.

Inquiries concerning this process can be made to the congressman's District Office in Brookfield at (262) 784-1111.

Nonprofits invited to

apply for grant money

Menomonee Falls - All nonprofit organizations that provide significant programs to benefit women and girls in Waukesha County are invited to apply for a grant through the Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County, a component fund of the Waukesha County Community Foundation.

Grants are currently awarded only in the spring following a competitive grant process beginning with a written proposal due Jan. 31.

The proposal should be no more than three pages in length, single-spaced. They should include: a narrative description of the organization which includes the mission statement, goals, history, major accomplishments and qualifications; a narrative description of the program for which support is being requested; the impact on women and girls in Waukesha County; and the amount being requested and how the program is funded, including both current funding sources and plans for future years.

Attachments should include: proof of nonprofit status; listing of the board of directors; operating budget; budget for the proposed program or project; and an audit report from the most recent fiscal year.

A Grantee Progress Report will be due to the Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County by Jan. 1, 2014. This accountability report will include a general description of how the funds were used, the outcomes and results achieved and the overall benefit gained to the population served.

Requests should be sent to the Waukesha County Community Foundation, 2727 N Grandview Blvd., Suite 122, Waukesha, WI 53188.

Interim Principal

named at Ben Franklin

Menomonee Falls - Bil Zahn, a retired elementary principal from the Elmbrook School District, was named interim principal at Ben Franklin Elementary in light of Principal Steve Bold's resignation.

Bold's resignation takes effect June 30. Bold is currently on personal leave. Zahn, who served as Burleigh Elementary School principal for 22 years, will act as principal while the district posts the full-time position at Ben Franklin. According to the Menomonee Falls School District, Zahn spent the week meeting the children in their classrooms and introducing himself.

Valley View Principal Tina Posnanski and Riverside Elementary Principal Scott Walter will be working with Ben Franklin's Associate Principal Mike Mullen and Zahn "to ensure the continuity of support and quality focus on improvement continues," said Superintendent Patricia Greco.

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