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News & Notes: Sept. 25

Sept. 25, 2012

Board accepts four donations from various organizations

Germantown - The School Board on Monday approved four donations valued at more than $16,000 from several organizations.

Retailer Target provided two district schools with grants through its Take Charge of Education initiative. County Line Elementary School received $1,873, while Germantown High School was given $1,722 toward classroom programs.

GHS also is the recipient of a computerized numerical machine, valued at $12,000, for technical education classes from manufacturing company Toolcraft.

Buelow Vetter, a labor law firm, donated 30 computer drives to the district. A value on the donation was not known at the board meeting.

District OK's modification to student's schedule

Germantown - The School Board on Monday approved a request made by the parents of eighth-grader Paris Berelec to modify her overall program. Paris is involved in gymnastics and modeling, and both commitments will require extensive absences.

"Program modifications are more frequently a part of truancy proceedings once excessive absence has been established," District Administrator Sue Borden said.

"However, the law also allows us to be proactive in serving Paris' educational needs by establishing a program modification when we have knowledge that excessive absences may or will occur."

Borden said she and other district staff have a good working relationship with Paris and her family.

School Board OK's issuance of new employee contracts

Germantown - The School Board on Monday 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 Monday.

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.

Murder case featured on Discovery Channel show

Germantown - The TV series "Unusual Suspects" on the Discovery Channel ID will air an episode called "Blood Trail" at 9 p.m. Sept. 30. The show is about the 1999 murder of 22-year-old Theresa Wesolowski in Germantown and how her killer Mark Libecki was apprehended, tried and convict of her murder.

The show airs on Time Warner Cable Channel 1139HD or 139.

Menomonee Falls company acquires new label

Menomonee Falls - Davis & Kuelthau recently announced that shareholder Harold A. Laufer has successfully represented Tailored Label Products, 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.

For information, visit dkattorneys.com.

The Arboretum opens new on-site wellness facility

Menomonee Falls - The Arboretum senior community in Menomonee Falls has partnered with Paxxon Health Care and Gentiva Home Health to offer wellness and rehabilitation services on-site.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Arbor Fit Gym and therapy services was held Tuesday to celebrate the opening.

The Arbor Fit Gym, including circuit training with six different stations, is available to all Arboretum residents and is designed to increase strength, flexibility and balance - the primary means to reducing falls. This circuit training program is a new addition to the already robust fitness program and equipment that is currently available. Therapists are available on-site throughout the week to assist the seniors in developing an exercise program in line with their goals.

This partnership means that both Medicare Part A and B covered therapy services will be available on-site, allowing those who live at The Arboretum to maximize their benefits without leaving their home.

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