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News & Notes: April 2

April 2, 2013

School District seeks public

input for superintendent search

Germantown - The Germantown School District is inviting residents to attend a focus group session from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. April 10 at the Germantown Public Library, W16957 Mequon Road; 6 to 7 p.m. April 10 at the School District offices, W13840 Donges Bay Road; or from 6 to 7 p.m. April 11 at the School District offices, in an effort to gather public input on the attributes they would like to see in a new superintendent.

RSVP to attend a Focus Group session by April 8 by calling Jayne Borst at (262) 253-3905 or email jborst@germantownk12.wi.us. The hope is to have between six to 12 people for each session.

Germantown Superintendent Susan Borden is resigning from her position effective June 30. The School Board hired School Exec Connect, a consultant that specializes in assisting schools boards search for a superintendent. As part of that process, the district is conducting an audit of district goals, strengths and challenges, as well as consulting the public, as to what type of characteristics they would like to see in Borden's replacement.

Those unable to participate in a focus group, can complete a "superintendent search" survey found at germantownschools.org.

Stark Asphalt awarded

construction projects

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday selected Stark Asphalt for 2013 curb, gutter and driveway approach work in the amount of $255,897.

The bid came in $9,100 lower than what was budgeted, Village Trustee Michael McDonald said.

Stark Asphalt was also chosen as the contractor for asphalt paving throughout the village to be completed in 2013. This project will cost about $1.46 million. The project is $137,000 under budget. Since it is a capital expenditure, those funds will go toward additional asphalt projects throughout the village that were planned for in 2014.

Contractor selected

for Richfield Way extension

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Village Board selected BCF Construction as the company to complete the first phase of the Richfield Way road extension project.

The roadway extension is part of the work being done at the former Western Industries property and will extend Richfield Way from Pilgrim Road to Water Street. The first phase will be from Pilgrim Road to the west lot line of the former Western Industries property and includes road work, sanitary sewer relay, water main installation, storm sewer installation and construction of a detention pond.

The cost is about $1.47 million.

Foundation seeks

to increase scholarships

Menomonee Falls - Building on the success of the annual dinner auction, the Menomonee Falls Scholarship & Educational Foundation is increasing its scholarship donations this year by $5,000.

The foundation will contribute $47,000 for scholarships, up from $42,000 last year. Community donations overall last year eclipsed $170,000.

The foundation's increase can be directly attributed to the growth of the annual dinner auction in fall. Last year, the event raised $39,000, up $10,000 from the year before, and drew 300-plus people, up more than 80 from 2011. Boosting membership allows the foundation to increase its own giving and to continue its goal to award between $40,000 and $50,000 per year in scholarships for Menomonee Falls High School graduating seniors.

Scholarships will be presented at the annual Scholarship Program, this year held at 7 p.m. on June 5 in the high school auditorium, N8101 Merrimac Drive. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

For information on donating, contact Maggie Ortlieb, at (262) 751-5198, or Maggie.ortlieb@bmo.com.

To become a new member, contact Kent Smith at kent.smith56@yahoo.com.

Germantown native new PR

manager for financial firm

Germantown - Germantown native Laura Herschleb has accepted the position of public relations manager in the cooperative's Prairie du Sac corporate office.

In her new position, Herschleb will lead coordination of all Badgerland Financial events and activities for customers and employees, as well as represent the cooperative at various industry events, activities and meetings.

Falls senior honored with Prudential Spirit award

Menomonee Falls - Menomonee Falls senior Julie Schweiss was honored as one of eight finalists across the state in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Schweiss was given a bronze medallion for her help raising $20,000 by co-chairing a Falls event for an American Cancer Society Relay for Life charity walk. She planned and led committee meetings, recruited, helped assemble teams and played a major role in various fundraisers.

School District searches for focus group participants

Germantown - The Germantown School Board is actively seeking participants for focus groups to aid in the search process for a new superintendent.

Those interested can contact Jayne Borst at (262) 253-3905.

Information on the search process is available at germantownschools.org.

Germantown forming

new committee

Germantown - The Germantown School Board moved to establish a Human Growth and Development Committee.

Membership to the committee will be determined based on volunteers solicited from the publication of the School District's spring newsletter.

School Board

prepaying debt

Menomonee Falls - The School Board will vote on April 8 to prepay a portion of its outstanding debt.

As part of the 2012-13 budget approval and levy certification, the district levied dollars to prepay a portion of its outstanding debt, a move that is estimated to save the district about $14,000 in interest cost and reduces future debt levies by about $365,000.

District sticks with Johnson School Bus

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls School District is looking to stay with Johnson School Bus Services to provide transportation services to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The district has been going out to bid for all its major contracts. Transportation is second to health care as the district's most expensive contract. Three out of eight contractors returned proposals and Johnson came in 4 percent lower the second lowest bidder. Johnson School Bus has been the district provider since the 1940s.

The School Board will vote on extending the contract another three years at its April 8 meeting.

Principal receives administrator of the year award

Menomonee Falls - Riverside Elementary School Principal Scott Walter was recognized as the Administrator of the Year by the Civic Music Association for his work in support music education and teachers at the school.

He will be honored May 5.

Health Department

offers Car Seat Clinic

West Bend - The Washington County Health Department is offering a Car Seat Clinic where a certified car seat technician will be on hand to check if car seats are installed correctly.

According to Safe Kids USA and the National Traffic Safety Administrations, 73 percent of child safety seats are installed incorrectly.

To make an appointment, call (262) 335-4742.

Hospital hosts spring

fundraiser, offers raffles

Menomonee Falls - A $2,000 cash prize and an assortment of $100 gift certificates for 10 of southeastern Wisconsin's restaurants are the top prizes in the 2013 Spring Splendor raffles, coordinated by the Community Memorial Foundation.

The Bonus Baby Raffle features a $2,000 cash first prize, $750 cash second prize, $500 cash third prize and $250 cash fourth prize. Tickets are $25 each or six for $100.

The winner of the Crackerjack Restaurant Raffle will receive one, $100 gift certificate to each of 10 restaurants. Tickets are $20 each or seven for $100. Winners for both raffles will be drawn at Spring Splendor 2013 Grand Slam April 27 at Miller Park. Winners need not be present to win. The event is the annual gala fundraiser benefiting Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls. This year's event will directly benefit the hospital's emergency department/trauma unit.

Grand Slam tickets are $175 per person and include an evening of dinner, silent and voice auctions and entertainment. Tickets for both raffles, as well as tickets for the event, can be purchased by calling Community Memorial Foundation at (262) 257-3761 or email donna.roesch

@froedterthealth.org. Visit

communitymemorial

foundation.org for information. Raffle tickets are also available at the event.

MFHS art earned honors

at Milwaukee art fair

Menomonee Falls - Menomonee Falls High School was represented at the 2013 Milwaukee Regional Art Fair at the Oconomowoc Arts Center. The exhibit was on display through March 8.

Each art teacher in the Milwaukee area could submit 30 pieces of student artwork. The exhibit consisted of 10 pieces in two categories, with approximately 20 pieces overall for the exhibit. The preliminary judging of the artwork took place at the end of January and MFHS finalists included: Emma Stadelman (ceramics), Julia Lehnen (ceramics), Sara Granke (mixed media), Jill Schwiess (two paintings), Miranda Thom (digital art), Rosie Minster (drawing), Sage Krupp (drawing), Marisa Martina (mixed media), Becca Chudecke (photography) and Rex Ayudan (photography).

In addition, MFHS art student Miranda Thom, brought home the honor of first place in the high school 2D division. Her winning piece, along with the other finalists, will be on display in the MFHS Art Gallery, N8101 Merrimac Drive, until the end of April.

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