News & Notes: Oct. 15

Oct. 15, 2013

Germantown adding four support staff

Germantown — The Germantown School Board on Monday unanimously approved creating four part-time support staff positions to help with maintenance of School District buildings on the weekends.

Two part-time employees will work two weekends out of the month. The item was brought forward by Director of Maintenance Don Erickson, who said the current employees are putting in a considerable number of overtime hours. The four part-time employees wouldn't cut overtime completely, but he said it would greatly reduce the amount of overtime. This will save the district dollars in the long run because overtime is already factored into the budget and hiring part-time employees should cost less than the overtime was costing the district.

Boosting staff on the weekends also prompted a discussion about school security and access to district buildings on weekends. Superintendent Jeff Holmes said the district is working through different security measures on weekends, such as using FOBs at district buildings.

Choir to visit, perform at Carnegie Hall

Germantown — The Germantown High School choir has been invited to perform the Rutter Requiem at Carnegie Hall with its composer John Rutter in May, Superintendent Jeff Holmes said on Monday. Students will also get a chance to travel around New York city during their visit.

The cost for students will be $1,500 each, which includes travel, lodging, performance costs and dinners. The students have been fundraising for the trip and it will not cost the district money.

School Board approves

temporary borrowing

Germantown — The Germantown School Board approved the short-term borrowing of $4 million at an interest rate of 0.431 percent from U.S. Bank National Association.

The School District sought bids from nine different financial institutions, selecting U.S. Bank, which was the lowest bidder. The interest totals $17,240, which is a savings of $15,562 compared with the interest rates initially projected.

School Board fills

two staff positions

Germantown — The Germantown School Board on Monday approved hiring Scott Oftedahl instructional technology integrator at the district's administration building and Janice Rodden, a part-time music teacher at Rockfield Elementary to fill two open positions.

Oftedahl will be paid $53,560 and Rodden will be paid $13,262.

Falls third Friday

count down 1 percent

Menomonee Falls — Menomonee Falls third Friday student count, which takes place the third Friday of September and is sent to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to determine the district's revenue controls, came in 1.84 percent lower than the previous school year.

The actual third Friday count came in 1 percent lower than was anticipated and presented at the School District's annual meeting in September and the budget was adjusted accordingly. The projected count was 3,835 for the 2013-14 school year and the final count was 3,792 resident students. The third Friday count for the 2012-13 school year was 3,836.

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