News & Notes: Sept. 10

Sept. 10, 2013

Matterhaus to break

ground in Germantown

Germantown — The Gables of Germantown Senior Living Campus, N10905 Bernies Way, is breaking ground for its new facility Matterhaus that will offer memory care services.

On Sept. 20, the Gables, along with local officials including Village President Dean Wolter will participate in a ground turning to celebrate the campus' expansion.

Falls doles out Friends

of Education awards

Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls School District on Monday awarded a handful of Friends of Education awards to people who have displayed dedication to education.

Lynn Zindl, retired Menomonee Falls business teacher, was given the award for all of her time dedicated to the Menomonee Falls Scholarship and Education Foundation. She also serves as an active member of the High School Business Department Advisory Board.

Three Vietnam Veterans, Al Garcia, Jerry Witt and Joe Campbell, were each presented an award. Every year, the three men speak to Menomonee Falls students about their experiences serving in the armed forces.

Linden Grove Rehabilitative Center was also presented an award for helping the students at Valley View Elementary understand the importance of giving. Every year, Valley View students visit with residents at Linden Grove.

The Friends awards are pieces of artwork showing a yellow school bus drawn by Menomonee Falls third-grade students.

Optimist Club given

Distinguished Service Award

Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls Optimist Club on Monday was presented with the Distinguished Service Award from the School Board.

The award is the highest honor the board gives to an individual or group that brings positive and meaningful educational changes to the community, said board President Faith VanderHorst. The Optimist Club gives thousands of dollars of scholarships every year. The club also provides activities to students including post prom and a fishing derby, as well as runs the popcorn wagon located on Appleton Avenue, southeast of Pilgrim Road.

School District proposes

decreased tax levy

Germantown — The Germantown School District is proposing a 1.14 percent decrease to the tax levy for the 2013-14 school year.

The budget will be presented at the district's annual meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Kennedy Middle School, N11836 Crusader Court. At that time, the electorate will approve the tax levy and operating budget. A budget hearing will take place then as well.

The proposed tax levy for the 2013-14 school year is about $29.1 million.

Germantown tables

facility request

Germantown — The Germantown School District tabled the request of G-Force Volleyball Club to use the Kennedy Middle School gyms from December to March.

The board tabled the request because they wanted more information. G-Force has been allowed to use both gyms for the girls volleyball practices in past years and wants a waiver to do so again this year.

Board accepts

resignations, new hires

Germantown — The Germantown School Board on Monday accepted the resignations of part time high school English teacher Ryan Andrews and Lisa Cheung, elementary art teacher at Rockfield and Amy Belle Elementary schools. Both teachers will pay a $1,000 assessed fee for liquidated damages.

The board also approved the hiring of three teachers. Sandra Karolus was hired as a part-time English teacher at the high school to fill the vacancy of Andrews. Abdelaziz Aitelhassouni was hired as a part time French teacher at the high school. Amy Gahl was hired as a full-time, fifth-grade teacher at MacArthur Elementary.

Electorate freezes

School Board salaries

Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls electorate froze the salaries of School Board members Monday at the annual meeting.

The School Board president's salary is set at $5,500 annually. School Board members make $5,000 annually.

Habitat for Humanity

schedules annual meeting

West Bend — Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties hosts its annual meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at Cedar Ridge Apartments, 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, in West Bend.

The agenda for the annual meeting includes Habitat's annual reports, recognition of the affiliate's volunteer of the year awards, a public open forum and elections of new board of directors members and officers. Light refreshments will be served.

For information, call the Habitat office at (262) 388-0690 or email

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