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Germantown School Board race goes uncontested

Jan. 07, 2014 5:23 p.m. | Filing to run for open seats on the Germantown School closed Tuesday and there are no contested races. The election is April 1.

Incumbents Bob Soderberg, who serves as the board president, and Lester Spies are the only two people to enter paperwork for the two at-large seats up for election on the School Board.

Board members serve three-year terms and are paid $4,000 annually.

Falls dodgeball tourney slated for Saturday at the high school

1:21 p.m. | The 8th annual Menomonee Falls Dodgeball Classic for third through eighth graders will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 28 in the high school main gym.  About 36 teams and 290 players will be involved

Also that same day in the high school's new gym, the Falls Optimists Club will be running its Tri-Star basketball event from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  
For more information, call Jerry Mislang at 262-352-2571.

Germantown School Board reviewing options to address space issues

11:30 a.m. | Germantown — Relief may be in sight for the students and staff at Rockfield Elementary School, potentially in both the short- and long-term future.

The Germantown School Board will this month review detailed pricing options for both a permanent addition or temporary usage of four modular classrooms at the school, which district officials have called a "pressing situation."

"It's one of those things where something needs to be done," said Superintendent Jeff Holmes.

Rough estimates were discussed by the board at its March 23 meeting, where an estimated amount of $1.5 million was referenced for adding permanent space, compared to an estimated amount of $150,000 per year for portable space.

Time is of the essence

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Germantown, Washington County lifts burn ban

9:33 a.m. | Germantown — The temporary ban of open burning for the village of Germantown has been lifted.

The report from the DNR states the Fire Danger in the area is 'low' due to lower temperatures and moisture.

The ban was in effect for about a week due to dry conditions and rapidly drying soil, leaf litter and brush.

Menomonee Falls approves preliminary layoff notices, letter to legislators on proposed state budget

9:28 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — The School District of Menomonee Falls will likely need to function with almost seven less people next year, as the school board continues working through the budget

Final layoff notices will be issued to as many as 23 employees next month, following preliminary layoff notices approved by the board on March 23. Though that will equate to between six and seven full-time equivalent positions, it is a matter Director of Human Resources Christiane Standlee said the district is taking very seriously.

The notices do include requests by employees for a reduction in hours, Standlee explained, as well as nonrenewals for budget reductions and some for employee performance.

As part of the budget process, the district is required by the state to issue preliminary nonrenewal notices by April 30 each year.

Proposed staffing reductions make up a total of about $475,000. Combined with about $437,000 in nonstaffing reductions to district priorities, as well as about $600,000 from fund balance, the proposed adjustments to the budget should help balance the estimated $1.55 million deficit.

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Chicago private equity firm acquires Germantown-based Gehl Foods

3:00 a.m. | Germantown-based Gehl Foods, a Milwaukee-area fixture for more than a century, has been acquired by Wind Point Partners, a Chicago private equity firm.

Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Gehl had nearly $250 million in annual sales in 2014. The company employs more than 330 people at three sites covering more than 800,000 square feet in Germantown and West Bend.

Katherine Gehl, the fourth generation of the Gehl family to lead the company, said the food manufacturing firm had reached somewhat of an inflection point where continued rapid growth would require the capital that a private equity firm could deliver.

"We have phenomenal technology and a nationwide reputation in our industry. How do we unlock the potential of that and grow much bigger, create more opportunity and create more jobs?" she said. "The conclusion that I came to was to partner with a professional investment firm.

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Temporary burn ban lifted for Waukesha County, Menomonee Falls

March 25, 2015 11:52 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — The temporary ban of open burning for the Village of Menomonee Falls has been lifted.

The report from the DNR states the Fire Danger in our area is 'low' due to lower temperatures and moisture. The ban was in effect for about a week due to dry conditions and rapidly drying soil, leaf litter and brush.

Residents with a burn permit will be allowed to conduct open burning, although they still are required to adhere to the Menomonee Falls Burning Regulations for the Village.

For information on the Village of Menomonee Falls Burning Regulations go to: http://www.menomonee-falls.org/burning

Washington Ranks among Healthier Counties in Wisconsin's Health Rankings

March 25, 2015 11:37 a.m. | Germantown — Washington County ranks among the healthier counties in the state, according to the annual County Health Rankings released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

"While we have taken important steps to improve the health of Washington County, there is more we can do to help our residents lead healthier lives," said Joni Whitehouse, Washington County health officer. "As a community, we should continue to focus our efforts on mental health, alcohol and other drugs, communicable and chronic disease, and reducing premature death."

The rankings compare the health of nearly every county in the nation, Whitehouse explained, adding that the local-level data allows each state to see how its counties compare on 30 factors that influence health, including education, housing, violent crime, jobs, diet, and exercise.

"Changing the health of a population takes collaboration, cooperation, and consistency of efforts," Whitehouse said. "We may not see the positive changes that we are working toward for five- to 10 years, but every step we make to improve the health of Washington County is a step in the right direction."

Washington County ranks in the top quarter of the state for health outcomes, health behaviors, clinical care, and social and economic factors.

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The Sprint Episode Three: WIAA state basketball tournament retrospective

March 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:

Proposed bill would allow Germantown school district to start prior to Sept. 1

March 23, 2015 11:04 a.m. | Germantown — The first day of school could come sooner for Germantown students as early as this fall.

Under a bill proposed by State Representative Jim Ott, Germantown schools would qualify to start school before Labor Day in an effort to allow more time for students to prepare for Advanced Placement exams in the spring.

Districts with AP participation rates above 20 percent would qualify to start prior to Sept. 1 if the bill is approved, which Superintendent Jeff Holmes said could be a benefit to students.

Though the district at its March 9 meeting approved the 2015-16 calendar, Holmes said the board could consider adjusting the start date if the bill becomes a statute.

"Academically, our AP students would be less 'rushed' to get through those materials and having school start a couple of weeks earlier could create more flexibility during the course of the school year to alleviate 'compressed' learning," Holmes said of Germantown, which has a 23 percent participation rate in 2014-15. "In regard to extra- and co-curriculars, 800 of our 1400 students report back for practices and seasons by mid-August - football reports back the first week of August."

Proposed bill would allow Falls school district to start prior to Sept. 1

March 23, 2015 11:04 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — They asked local legislators for more flexibility at the local level when making decisions, and that is what the School District of Menomonee Falls could get if a new State Assembly bill proposing to start school before Labor Day passes.

Increased flexibility was frequently mentioned as the Menomonee Falls School Board discussed their 2015-16 legislative priority list, which they approved and presented to legislators earlier this year.

Under a bill proposed by State Representative Jim Ott, Menomonee Falls schools would qualify to start school before Labor Day in an effort to allow more time for students to prepare for Advanced Placement exams in the spring.

Districts with AP participation rates above 20 percent would qualify to start prior to Sept. 1 if the bill is approved, which district Public Relations reporesentative Mitch Maersch said the school district would definitely support.

"We have been asking our legislators for that ability for a few years," he said.

Germantown manufacturer recognized among best in country

March 23, 2015 11:00 a.m. | Germantown — L.T. Hampel Corp., a plastic manufacturer based in Germantown, Wis., announced today it has been ranked as a Top 10 Industrial Thermoformer among North American thermoformers for 2015.

The Top 10 Industrial Thermoformer Ranking benchmarks companies by key performance metrics based on industrial thermoforming sales. Out of a possible 228 thermoforming companies, Hampel was ranked 10th for industrial thermoforming. The ranking, compiled by Plastics News — a plastics industry publication that covers the business of the global plastics industry — is part of its annual ranking of thermoformers in North America.

"The ranking is something we've been able to achieve because of the promise that we make to our customers and our zeal to deliver upon it," said Paul Lorge, Hampel President. "Behind our customer-centric mission of being a key player in our customers' success, we're committed to saving our customers time, reducing costs, easing burdens, and making better products."

The company specializes in heavy-gauge thermoforming, which includes vacuum forming, pressure forming, and twin-sheet forming. Hampel employs 130 people and operates 10 manufacturing lines at its 200,000 square foot Germantown facility.

Serving a broad mix of customers and OEMs since 1976, Hampel brings tested experience and advanced capabilities to serve today's customers marked by sophisticated capabilities, smart processes, and continuous improvement.

Falls school board to review, approve layoff notices

March 23, 2015 10:52 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — An update on the 2015-16 budget, including the issuance of preliminary layoff notices, is on tap at tonight's meeting of the Menomonee Falls School Board.

The number may ultimately equate to a total reduction of about seven full-time equivalent positions, but Director of Human Resources Christiane Standlee said it doesn't make it any less of a struggle to carry out.

"The preliminary nonrenewal notices are not an indication of job performance but are an unfortunate part of the budget process," Standlee said.

The notices do include requests by employees for a reduction in hours, Standlee explained, as well as nonrenewals for budget reductions and some for employee performance.

As part of the budget process, the district is required by the state to issue preliminary nonrenewal notices by April 30 each year.

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Germantown school board to get update on facilities plans

March 23, 2015 10:50 a.m. | Germantown — More information about the near future of Rockfield Elementary School could be discussed at tonight's meeting of the Germantown School Board.

The agenda includes an update on what district officials have called a "pressing situation" at the school, including discussion on options for both a permanent addition or temporary usage of four modular classrooms at the school.

An overall lack of space is not a new problem at the school, where staff has already gotten creative with solutions like having music classes in the library and other student work time in hallways and vestibules.

The school also houses the district's early childhood program, which the district had hoped to find a new home for this school year. Though nothing has come together yet, a move would free up the space utilized by about 50 students between the ages of 3 and 5 years old who have special education needs.

The board meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Germantown High School, W180 N11501 River Lane.

Point ends Germantown basketball team's three-year state reign, 67-51

March 21, 2015 11:36 p.m. | It was not exactly an imitation, but it was a tone, a tenor and style of play that the Germantown boys basketball team would recognize that ended the Warhawks three-year reign at the top of the WIAA State D1 basketball world tonight at the Kohl Center in Madison Saturday night.

Simply put, Stevens Point beat the Warhawks at their own game and were bigger, faster and simply better, all mantras of the Warhawk success story of the last three years.

Moving fluidly inside and out, using their height and length to deny Germantown (27-1) the middle and using dramatically effective shooting to overpower any potential rally, the junior-laden Panthers (27-1) were impressive in winning their first state title since 1994, 67-51.

It also broke a streak of 23 consecutive WIAA tournament victories in a row for Germantown and kept the Warhawks from becoming the first D1 program in state history to win four boys basketball titles in a row.

As opposed to the fear that the Warhawks have been instilling in opponents for years, Point wanted to play Germantown in this game because it if was going to win the title, it wanted to do it against the best.

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Germantown boys basketball team rolls into final with 82-54 rout of East

March 20, 2015 9:12 p.m. | That's more like it.

Playing a style to which its most accustomed to, the Germantown boys basketball came out running and never let up in its WIAA state D1 semifinal against Madison East at the Kohl Center in Madison Friday night, taking a 48-26 halftime lead and cruising to an 82-54 victory.

With the victory, the Warhawks have a chance at becoming the first D1 team in state history to claim four consecutive state titles. They will take on Stevens Point (26-1) at 8:15 p.m. Saturday back at the Kohl Center in that bid.

Only Randolph in D4 has achieved the feat in the 100 years of the state tourney. Earlier in the day on Saturday, D4 power Dominican will also try for its fourth crown in a row.

"We're going to treat it like we do any other game," said coach Steve Showalter. "It's our most important game because its the game that's in front of us and that's how we'll prepare.

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