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News & Notes: May 21

May 21, 2013

Additional parking lot

to be added at Village Hall

Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday approved an amendment to the village's certified survey map that combines parcels to allow for the construction of a 45-stall parking lot at Village Hall.

The parking lot will address a shortage of spaces and will become the employee parking for the facility. The parking lot in front of Village Hall will be designated solely for customer parking.

Block scheduling going

well at middle school

Germantown — Superintendent Susan Borden said that Kennedy Middle School is about 60 percent into its transition from a traditional schedule to a block schedule consisting of 90 minute periods.

Borden told the School Board on Monday that the key for the success of the new schedule is that teachers must adapt their methods to flow into different topics smoothly and keep the attention of students who are not used to such long class periods.

The only item that might come back to the board for approval is if the school decides to start its day 10 minutes early. Due to a tight busing schedule within the district, this may necessitate the need to hire more drivers, which is something the board would have to approve.

Three Germantown teachers

resign, three staffers retiring

Germantown — Three teachers in the Germantown School District have announced they will be resigning from their positions and three staff members announced they would be retiring at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

The School Board formally approved the resignations on Monday and publicly thanked both the teachers and the retiring staff members for their years of service to the district.

The teachers resigning include John O'Connor, a social studies teacher at Germantown High School who was hired in December 2011; Allison Sedlak, a third-grade teacher at County Line School who was hired in August 2010; and Kristen Cook, a math teacher at Germantown High School.

Superintendent Susan Borden also commended three employees retiring from the district at the end of the year, thanking them for decades of work in the district. Wendy Nelson will be retiring as head cook of Kennedy Middle School after 22 years in the district, Cynthia Frederick as head cook of Germantown High School after 22 years, and Cyndy Bell as a custodian at Kennedy Middle School after 19 years.

St. James Drive

to be reconstructed

Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls Village Board awarded D.F. Tomasini Contractors the bid for the reconstruction of St. James Drive from Duke Street to Mary Hill Drive.

The roadway is in need of repair and storm sewer installation. The cost is $286,397.

Germantown student receives

WATG scholarship

Germantown — The Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted awarded scholarships to seven students across the state for summer enrichment programs.

Among the students was Andrew Sobczak of Germantown. The seven students will share a total of $2,100 to attend programs in fields ranging from music leadership to veterinary science.

Drug Free Communities

launches program in Falls

Menomonee Falls — Waukesha County Drug Free Communities is expanding its Community Alcohol Resources for Establishments and Servers Program, currently available in Waukesha and now Menomonee Falls. The Menomonee Falls C.A.R.E.S. program is possible in cooperation with the Menomonee Falls Police Department, the Menomonee Falls Chamber of Commerce and Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital.

The program is free to participants and designed to recognize and support local establishments who are actively working to prevent underage drinking and encourage healthy drinking habits among adults. Alcohol licensed establishments in Menomonee Falls can join the program by filling out an application form agreeing to check identification when selling alcohol, refusing to sell alcohol to anyone younger than 21 or to an intoxicated customer, and participate in Responsible Alcohol Server Training.

The Waukesha C.A.R.E.S. program, which launched in May 2012, has trained more than 50 bartenders, servers and retailers on responsible beverage service practices and currently has 10 members. For information on the program, visit waukeshacounty.gov/dfc. Businesses interested in joining the Waukesha C.A.R.E.S. program should contact Waukesha County DFC by calling (262) 896-8263.

School Board OKs

summer school teachers

Germantown — The Germantown School Board unanimously approved summer school contracts for 22 teachers to work about 1,485 hours total for all grade levels this summer.

These teachers specialize in a variety of areas including basic summer school classes, transitioning from kindergarten to first grade, music clinics and the middle school summer band.

Teachers are also assigned to do credit recovery courses so students can make up classes that they did not pass the during the regular 2012-2013 school year.

Officials noted that there still may be more teachers and hours added as students' grades come in, and they stressed the importance of these courses in keeping the district's graduation rates high.

Germantown OKs contract with CESA

Germantown — The School Board on Monday unanimously approved a contract with the state's Cooperative Educational Services Agencies for providing instruction for students with disabilities and special needs.

The state program offers a better deal than local service providers, with an estimated cost of $88,000 per year using the CESA as opposed to the estimated cost of $93,600 a year to use a local service.

Germantown primarily uses CESA to provide instruction programs to "low incidence special education student needs" in the district, such as hearing impaired, visually impaired and autistic students.

The board set aside $95,000 for 2013-2014 academic year to pay for these services.

District continuing New Teachers membership

Germantown — The School Board on Monday unanimously approved a payment of $5,000 to retain its membership in the Southeast Wisconsin New Teachers Project, a consortium of school districts that provides training and support for new teachers.

The $5,000 payment is annual fee members must pay to stay in the program, and the board agreed to pay this fee by using money from a Title II federal grant.

Director of Human Resources Cynthia Coley said that the Germantown School District joined the program six years when it was created, and the program now has 27 districts as members.

Coley praised the program as being a way for school districts to access training programs, speakers and support for new teachers that school districts could not afford to provide by themselves.

Carnegie Foundation

visits Falls schools

Menomonee Falls — A research team from the Carnegie Foundation visited the Menomonee Falls School District this week to do a case study on the district's continuous improvement model.

The foundation is doing a case study on the plan, do, study, act model and how it is applied in the classroom. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is a national independent policy and research center. A team visited the district in September to study the PDSA; however, is delving in further by visiting again this week.

Police memorial service

is set for May 26

Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls Neighborhood Watch and the Menomonee Falls Police Department hosts a Law Enforcement Memorial at 2 p.m. May 26 at John S. Talyor, Jr. Park, W16530 Appleton Ave., in Menomonee Falls.

The year, National Police Week was May 12 through 18. The Menomonee Falls Police Department, in partnership with Neighborhood Watch, hosts annually a memorial service at the John Taylor Park. Not only is this annual service for fallen officers in Menomonee Falls, time is also taken to thank all the officers who currently work to keep all residents safe. The public is encouraged to come to the park to say thank you and support the officers.

Police Officer John S. Taylor, Jr. died in the line of duty Aug. 6, 1977, while serving with the MFPD. He was killed when a 17-year-old suspect broadsided his squad while being pursued by a Wisconsin State Trooper. To honor his service and memory, the park was named after him. Deputy Richard G. Parquette of the Bayfield County Sheriff's Office was a former MFPD officer. He was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 10, 1996, while serving as a deputy. He is also honored and remembered at the service.

For information, contact MFPD Officer Jim Kirchberger at (262) 532-8723.

Fire Department

accepting applications

Menomonee Falls — The Fire Department is accepting applications for Volunteer Firefighters and/or Emergency Medical Technicians. No experience is necessary. Applicants must be 18 years of age and must pass both a written and physical agility test(firefighters only).

Application packets may be picked up at the Menomonee Falls Fire Department, Station 3, located at W140 N7501 Lilly Road, Menomonee Falls, by email by contacting us at: fire@menomonee-falls.org., or on the Menomonee Falls website at: menomonee-falls.org/departments/fire/recruitment.

For more information on the benefits and rewards of membership with the Menomonee Falls Fire Department contact us at (262) 532-8823.

Applications for the current recruitment class will accepted until 4:30 p.m. May 24. Applications received after that time will be put in future classes.

Tamarack Place holding

free health care seminar

Menomonee Falls — Tamarack Place, a senior living community, is sponsoring a free seminar called Understanding Our Evolving Healthcare System, from 2 to 4 p.m. June 4 at the Menomonee Falls Public Library, N8436 Pilgrim Road.

The seminar is presented by Debra Winterhack, a Seasons Hospice Care Consultant. She will talk about how changes in the health care system impact hospitalization, long-term care choices, and individual health care choices.

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