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News & Notes: Nov. 28

Nov. 28, 2012

Deadline to apply for board vacancy is Nov. 30

Shorewood - The Shorewood School Board will accept applications for its vacant seat through Friday.

In an update to the School Board on Tuesday, Superintendent Martin Lexmond said the district has received two applications so far for the seat, recently vacated by Michael Mishlove.

Lexmond also reviewed the traits the board identified as being desirable in a candidate, and potential questions the board could ask of applicants. Questions will need to be finalized by the board.

Applicant interviews will be conducted either at the board's regular meeting on Dec. 11 or at a special meeting in December, if necessary, Lexmond said.

Whoever is appointed to the role will fill the vacancy through April 2013, with the opportunity to then run for the remaining one year of the term in the spring School Board election.

Qualified electors can apply by submitting a resume and letter of intent to: Superintendent Martin Lexmond, c/o Shorewood School District, 1701 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood, WI 53211.

Upcoming boiler replacement information sessions scheduled

Shorewood - The Shorewood School District is holding information sessions in the next two weeks to update the community on boiler replacements as part of its energy efficiency project.

Information sessions are scheduled as follows:

7 p.m. Monday - Shorewood High School Library, 1701 E. Capitol Drive

7 p.m. Dec. 11 - School Board meeting, Shorewood High School Library

Additional sessions may be scheduled.

City may tighten leash on dog owners

Glendale - Glendale's Public Safety Committee on Monday held audience with a resident who wants dogs leashed on private property as well as public.

City ordinances currently require dog owners to only use leashes on public property, but after being charged by a dog in the hallway of an apartment building, the resident said she wants leashes to be required there as well.

Committee members didn't take action Monday, since the definition of a dog "at-large" and the quasi-public nature of an apartment building hallway complicate the issue.

The committee referred the matter to City Attorney John Fuchs, who may bring an ordinance amendment to the Common Council at a later date.

Brown Deer drafting policy on donations, sponsorship

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School Board on Tuesday directed staff to draft a new policy regarding sponsorships and donations in light of construction of the new gym.

Superintendent Deb Kerr asked the board to discuss allowing her to seek advertisers to promote their companies below the scoreboards in the new gym. Board members wanted a clear definition on what the terms of businesses advertising or sponsoring a space in the gym would be, including rules for what type of businesses are allowed.

Included in the policy would also be rules on donations. Board member Lisa Zielinski said, for example, this entails donations of $5,000 or less to be approved by administration and anything greater would go to the full board.

The draft policy will be presented to the Finance Committee at its December meeting before heading to the full board.

Ad hoc committee to oversee energy projects

Shorewood - The Shorewood School District will convene an ad hoc committee to provide additional oversight for its $2.6 million energy efficiency project.

The School Board on Tuesday approved a request to form the Energy Efficiency Ad Hoc Committee.

Superintendent Martin Lexmond explained that the committee would assist with any project improvements required to go out to bid - those with a value of $25,000 or more - with a role of participating in shaping and putting out bid requests, reviewing bids received and making a recommendation to the Finance and Facilities Committee.

One member of the ad hoc committee also would work directly with district and project staff to maintain regular communication with the group on the project's status.

The goal is to identify opportunities for savings without creating any inefficiencies in the process, Lexmond noted.

Those interested in serving on the committee can apply on the district's website, shorewood.k12.wi.us. The chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee will appoint members to the ad hoc committee, which would be dissolved upon completion of the project.

Eighth-grade Brown Deer teacher resigns

Brown Deer - Eighth-grade teacher Amanda Becker's resignation was approved by the School Board on Tuesday.

Per the staff handbook, she owes $500 of liquidated damages. The board also approved hiring Kathy Shopek as an eighth-grade teacher for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year.

Charity boxes boom in Fox Point

Fox Point - The first time "Operation Christmas Child" took place at Fox Point Lutheran Church in 2000, congregation children put together roughly 50 boxes for those in need around the world.

Last week, the children put together nearly 1,000 boxes at Fox Point Lutheran's annual packing party.

"I'm really proud of our church," Director of Children's Ministries Julie Schlifske said, "and really proud of our kids."

Village Board approves annual lighting assessments

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Village Board on Monday approved an annual special street lighting assessment to be placed on the 2012 tax roll for six districts in the village.

The assessment is a "housekeeping" item and is approved every year for the Arbon Drive/West Green Brook Drive district, the Brown Deer Business Park Subdivision, Brown Deer Corporate Park subdivision, North Kildeer Court/West Brown Deer Road district, Opus North Subdivision, and Park Plaza subdivision.

This is not to be confused with the special lighting assessment that was debated back in summer for properties located along Bradley Road, Teutonia Avenue and North Sherman Boulevard in Tax Incremental Financing District 2. That proposal was sent back to the committee level for further discussion.

Public hearing set on proposed improvements at Village Hall

Fox Point - Village officials will seek public input next month as plans to improve security measures at Village Hall are firmed up.

The Village Board last week approved a timeline for the project, which includes a review by the Building Board and Plan Commission on Dec. 3 and a public hearing Dec. 11.

Proposed security improvements will be made to the second-floor service counter at Village Hall, if approved by the board. Changes could include glass partitions at the counter to shield employees from people behind the counter.

Wineries to be allowed in certain Mequon areas

Mequon - The Common Council approved amendments to the city zoning code which will allow wineries in rural residential, rural industrial, and rural business zones.

The change specifically accommodates Grafton-based vintner The Chiselled Grape Winery, which is looking to build a one-acre vineyard and tasting room at 14136 N. Port Washington Road. Alderwoman Pam Adams opposed the idea at first, saying the change would create a questionable precedent in residential areas, but was swayed by the council and later voted for the change.

At the request of Alderman Andrew Nerbun, the council will consider allowing breweries and distilleries as well.

District hires new librarian

Shorewood - Sara Kemp will serve as the next librarian at Shorewood Intermediate School and Shorewood High School.

The School Board on Tuesday approved hiring Kemp for the position. In addition to her background in library science, Kemp also has a master's degree in technology, with professional development experience in PowerSchool, PowerGrade and SMARTBoard systems, among other technology.

Kemp hopes to work collaboratively with teachers to create connections across the curriculum in order to improve learning for students, according to a memo.

Village receives state grant for Main Street reconstruction

Thiensville - The village recently received word from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation that it is the recipient of a $544,784 grant for work associated with the reconstruction of Main Street.

As part of the grant agreement, the village will fund 20 percent, or $163,496, of the reconstruction project. The grant amount represents the remaining 80 percent.

The Village Board on Monday gave tentative approval to the grant while meeting as a Committee of the Whole. Final approval is slated for the regular board meeting Tuesday.

School Board modifies committee structure

Shorewood - The Shorewood School Board will merge its Ad hoc Finance and Land Use committees and establish a Human Resources Committee in order to better address issues facing the district.

Board President Rob Reinhoffer on Tuesday explained that there will now be four board committees - Policy, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Finance and Facilities.

Each of the four current board members will chair a committee, with Reinhoffer overseeing Curriculum, David Cobb chairing Finance and Facilities, Ruth Treisman chairing Human Resources and Colin Plese overseeing Policy.

Once a fifth member is appointed to the board, Reinhoffer said that person likely will rotate between the four committees to gain an understanding of committee operations.

Interested residents can apply to serve on the committees, with the chair of each committee responsible for appointing resident members. Information on how to apply is available on the district's website, at shorewood.k12.wi.us.

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