News & Notes: Oct. 9

Oct. 9, 2012

Emergency response exercise scheduled for Friday

Germantown - An emergency response exercise is scheduled to take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday at Germantown High School.

The ensure student safety and a successful exercise, the A-wing of the high school will be closed during those hours.

School Board talks salary changes in closed session

Germantown - The School Board discussed implementing some sort of retroactive pay for principals and administrative staff in the district during a closed session Monday night.

No action was taken and the School Board will discuss compensation of these employees at a future meeting. In 2011-12, all principals in the district, as well as all office administrators and professional/technical staff did not receive any change to their salaries.

School Board welcomes student member

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls School Board now has a new student member.

The board welcomed high school senior Emma Brose to its ranks on Monday. Brose was selected from a pool of seven juniors and seniors who interviewed for the position.

Board member Faith VanderHorst said the decision was difficult, as all of the students impressed the board. Brose serves as a captain of the varsity gymnastics team, secretary of Best Buddies - a group that works with special needs students at the high school, a member of the National Arts Honor Society and a senior class officer, and is involved in band, among other activities, VanderHorst said.

Brose thanked the board for the opportunity to serve as a student member. She told board members she plans to pursue a degree in special education after graduating.

Brose does not have voting power on the board. Her duties as a student member include regularly attending and preparing for open meetings of the board, participating freely in board discussions while providing the viewpoint of a student, communicating board actions or discussions of interest to other students through the high school newspaper, among other duties.

Board discusses busing St. Mary's students once more

Germantown - The Germantown School Board has requested additional information from Riteway Transportation Group to gauge the impact to students and the district should they decide to bus students from Germantown to St. Mary's in Menomonee Falls.

No action was taken on Monday night after the issue was discussed in closed session.

"If you put St. Mary's students on with students from other schools that changes the pick up time for every student, it changes the length of the route and it changes the time," Superintendent Susan Borden said.

The board is seeking information on how adding students to the busing schedule would change the route, as well as what it would cost the district.

Workshop to provide education on dementia

Menomonee Falls - The Alzheimer's Association offers a three-part workshop called Understanding Dementia: An Education Program for Family Caregivers" on consecutive Wednesdays starting from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at Community Memorial Medical Commons, N7055 Northfield Drive, Building A, Suite 302, in Menomonee Falls.

This three-session workshop is designed for those with a family member or friend recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. The program will include an overview of dementia, communication strategies, behavior changes, safety issues, community resources and personal care for the caregiver. There will also be an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with others who are coping with similar situations.

This program is being provided by the Alzheimer's Association at no charge, and is open to family caregivers. Registration is required. To register, call the Alzheimer's Association at (414) 479-8800 or email

Registration now open for December ACT test

Registration is now open for the Dec. 8 ACT college and career readiness exam.

Students who want to take the exam must register by Nov. 2.

Students can register online at or by mail. Paper registration forms can be obtained from school counselor offices or by requesting a registration packet from ACT.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam. It measures what students have learned in school and what they need to know to be ready for first-year college courses.

The ACT comprises four multiple choice subject tests - English, mathematics, reading and science - and takes about three hours, plus breaks, to complete. An optional essay writing test, which takes an additional 30 minutes, is also available. Students who want to take the writing portion should register for the ACT Plus Writing.

The cost to take the ACT without a writing test is $35. The cost to take the ACT Plus Writing is $50.50. Fee waivers are available to qualified students who can't afford the registration fee. Students should apply for a fee waiver through their school counselor's office.

During registration, students may select up to four colleges or universities to receive their score reports at no additional charge. All four-year colleges and universities across the United States accept ACT scores for admission purposes. ACT sends score reports only when authorized to do so by the student.

School Board OKs issuance of new employee contracts

Germantown - The School Board approved the issuance of contracts to new employees.

Gail Groth will assume the newly created position of a Title I math specialist at Rockfield Elementary School on a 0.40 full-time equivalency rate.

A contract also was awarded to Margaret McComack as a full-time math specialist at Rockfield. McComack is filling the position on a limited-term basis as two faculty members are on leaves of absence.

Groth will earn $13,123 this school year, and McComack will receive $31,990 if she works the entire school year.

Board, administrators reviewing two-year goals

Germantown - District officials briefly discussed a two-year goal-setting process at a School Board meeting.

The six-page document touches on a number of issues, including math curriculum for kindergartners, enhancing the district's use of data, establishing long-range technology and facilities plans, and increasing community partnerships.

A draft form of the document was presented to board members, and further discussion is anticipated at future board meetings.

"This is something I think we should take time to digest and discuss further," President Bob Soderberg said.

Menomonee Falls company acquires new label

Menomonee Falls - Davis & Kuelthau recently announced that shareholder Harold A. Laufer has successfully represented Tailored Label Products Inc., a Menomonee Falls-based custom manufacturer of engineered labels and die cut adhesives, in its acquisition of the label products division of Stratix Corp.

Stratix is located in Norcross, Ga., and is a provider of enterprise mobility products to Fortune 500 clients.

Laufer acts as a trusted adviser to owners and managers of middle market, family and closely held companies. He advises them on the full range of legal and business issues including business disputes, problem loans, domestic operations, human resources, contract, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and succession planning.

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