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News & Notes: Jan. 30

Jan. 30, 2013

Polling places move

across the building

Bayside - Beginning with the Feb. 19 primary election, voting will take place in the gymnasium at Bayside Middle School instead of the previously used multipurpose room.

Residents can access the gym on the north side of the building and can park on the north side lot located off Ellsworth Lane.

Directional signage and election personnel will be available to help voters to the new location.

Thiensville's farmers

market could get new day

Thiensville - With a goal of increasing the accessibility of the Thiensville Farmers Market, members of the Village Board's Business Renaissance Committee briefly discussed the event's future at a meeting Monday.

The farmers market runs from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays from June to October.

Several committee members said moving the market to a day where more people are able to attend, such as Saturday, might be worth exploring. The idea of having dual runs - Tuesdays and Saturdays - also was discussed.

"This is something that will have to be fleshed out," said Trustee David Lange, who serves on the committee. "This is a good thing to explore."

Police Academy

back in Bayside

Bayside - The Citizen's Police Academy, federally funded and jointly hosted by Bayside, Fox Point and River Hills begins again on April 25 with a graduation date of June 6.

The upcoming spring class is the last to be offered under the current federal grant.

The academy offers experience "in the life of a police officer," including simulations of traffic and high-risk stops, use of force and firearms (simulated,) and drunken driving enforcement.

Participants must be at least 21 years old, and can contact officer Eric Miller at (414) 3531-8800 to sign up.

Donation puts tennis

project near goal

Whitefish Bay - A generous donation of $50,000, made in loving memory of resident Jeffrey Hayes, has brought the Cumberland tennis court reconstruction project within $16,000 of its $128,000 fundraising goal.

Hayes was a professor of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a supporter of education and lover of tennis. The donation was made on his behalf by his wife, Leslie, and their children and will help repair the buckled and overgrown courts behind Cumberland Elementary School.

"Jeffrey would be happy to know that his love of tennis will now be enjoyed by future generations," said Leslie in a news release from the tennis court reconstruction committee.

The new courts, which the committee hopes to have completed in the summer, are designed to use the QuickStart Tennis program, a scaled-down version of tennis tailored to the size and age of children. The Wisconsin Tennis Association has donated child-sized rackets, balls and nets.

Those wishing to donate to the court reconstruction project can make checks out to The School District of Whitefish Bay, with Cumberland Tennis Courts in the memo line. Donations can be sent to the district offices at 1200 East Fairmont Ave., Whitefish Bay, 53217, Attn: District Accountant. Donations are tax deductible.

Discussions still alive

on Main Street program

Thiensville - The Village Board's Business Renaissance Committee discussed a proposal to participate in a state-sanctioned program aimed at enhancing historic downtown shopping districts at a meeting Monday.

Representatives from the state Economic Development Corporation's Wisconsin Main Street Program came before the Village Board in early January with an overview of the initiative and how it might benefit Thiensville.

The board did not take any action at the meeting, opting instead to explore a possible partnership further within the course of the next year.

Committee members, comprised primarily of business owners, were generally enthusiastic about being part of such a program.

The looming question is how the estimated $40,000 fee to participate would be covered.

Bay bundles parcels

for Mandel project

Whitefish Bay - The Village Board approved a certified survey map of several parcels which needed to be combined as part of the Mandel apartment development above the parking lots behind Silver Spring Avenue.

Village Attorney Christopher Jaekels pointed out that the change depends upon the board approving a developer agreement with Mandel at a later date.

"Tonight's actions will be contingent upon the agreement being approved," Jaekels said, "if that unravels, so would the (survey map)."

District renews contract

with Elmbrook for services

Mequon - Mequon-Thiensville will continue to obtain services for students with disabilities through the Elmbrook School District, following action by the School Board.

Elmbrook will continue to serve district students who have audiology and assistive listening devices, cognitive disabilities, autism, deaf and hard of hearing, severe emotional behavioral disabilities and mobility assistance.

Students with disabilities in Mequon-Thiensville have been served by Elmbrook since 1997.

Brown Deer offers 13

Open Enrollment seats

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School Board approved 13 Open Enrollment seats for the 2013-14 school year.

There will be three seats open for 10th-graders and 10 seats open in 12th grade.

Should students enter into 12th grade without the required amount of credits, parents will be notified that their child sits at a lower grade level and cannot graduate until they complete the right amount of credits. Students can remain in Brown Deer until they officially graduate.

Mequon-Thiensville sets

Chapter 220, Open Enrollment seats

Mequon - With enrollment periods for the Chapter 220 and Open Enrollment programs set to begin soon, Mequon-Thiensville school officials voted to make seats available. Both initiatives give students outside the district's boundaries an opportunity to attend one of the six schools.

Mequon-Thiensville is making available 17 new Chapter 220 seats at the elementary grades. A wait list is being established, and students in other grade levels could be admitted if space is available.

The district also is making available new Open Enrollment seats at the elementary and high school levels - areas of the district where resident student enrollment has been in decline. Twenty-eight seats will be made available through the program - 10 at the elementary level and 18 at the high school.

District agrees to three

Open Enrollment seats

Shorewood - The School Board approved three Open Enrollments seats for the 2013-14 school year, one seat in second grade and two seats in sixth grade at Atwater Elementary.

Superintendent Martin Lexmond said the relatively small number of seats was the result of state Department of Public Instruction guidelines, board policies, and higher than expected resident enrollment. He said the district will need to make adjustments if the resident enrollment trend continues over time.

"We're trying to make space for resident growth, but not increase (staffing)," said Lexmond.

Mequon-Thiensville's 2013-14

calendar set by board

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville School Board on Monday voted in favor of a district calendar for the 2013-14 school year.

School will begin Sept. 3 and wrap June 12, 2014. Winter break has been slated from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1, and spring break from April 14-18, 2014.

Six early release dates have been incorporated into the calendar on scattered dates throughout the school year. Parent-teacher conferences at all schools have been scheduled in late November and mid-March.

Homestead's graduation ceremony has been scheduled for June 15, 2014.

School Board approves

two retirements

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School Board approved the retirements of two teachers effective at the end of the school year.

Lucy Bingen, English language learning teacher, and Dorie Kroll, kindergarten teacher, are retiring.

District hires

communications coordinator

Shorewood - The Shorewood School Board hired Rachel Vesco, current communications director at Pulaski School District, as the district's new Communications Coordinator.

Vesco graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011, where she studied journalism and strategic communication. According to an executive summary, the district picked her for her added experience in social media, website management and video production.

Superintendent Martin Lexmond noted that, when searching the field of candidates, many had individual qualities the district was looking for, but Vesco "had them all."

School Board renews

bus contract

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School Board renewed the transportation contract with GoRiteway Bus Company for 2013-14, with a 1.5 percent increase in cost and an agreement to maintain the district's two buses.

GoRiteway provides transportation to school, field trips and athletics. The School District considered rebidding the transportation contract, but due to the opening of a two-school campus, decided not to grapple with issues raised by changing bus company's, according to School District documents.

NSHD holding

cholesterol screening

The North Shore Health Department is offering health screenings to check blood pressure, weight, cholesterol levels - total, HDL (good), and LDL (bad) - as well as triglycerides and blood sugar.

The tests take about 15 minutes and cost $30. Nurses explain results to patients.

Clinics are held once a month from 8 to 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday in the Brown Deer office and the fourth Tuesday in the Shorewood office. Those interested can call (414) 371-2980 to schedule an appointment.

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