News & Notes: Aug. 24

Aug. 24, 2010

Education Jobs Fund awards Brown Deer Schools $494,331

Brown Deer - Emily Koczela, director of finance, announced Monday that the School District of Brown Deer has been awarded $494,331, a portion of the $10 billion Education Jobs Fund. The state of Wisconsin was awarded $179,650,099 and divided the money among school districts across the state.

Koczela said Education Jobs Fund monies are to be used for compensation and benefits or support services necessary to retain existing education employees, recall or rehire former education employees, or hire new education employees. Employees funded with the Education Jobs Fund must support early childhood, elementary or secondary education and related services.

Funds are being distributed to school districts in Wisconsin based on the state's general school aid formula and are not subject to state revenue caps on local school districts. Funds are intended to provide support for the 2010-11 school year.

Koczela said $200,000 of the grant is already built into the 2010-11 district budget, with discussion planned on the best use of the remaining money.

Homestead teacher travels to Taiwan

Mequon- Doug Dimmer, a high school technology education teacher at Homestead High School joined four other teachers for an energy education program in Taiwan. The Wisconsin teachers learned about Taiwan culture, the diverse ecosystems and environmental issues while in the country. Dimmer gave a presentation on how he teaches energy and other environmental issues in his classroom during the visit at Yang-xin Elementary School in Taoyuan County.

The program, sponsored by the Global Environmental Teachings and WI K-12 Energy Education Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, ran for 11 days, July 26-Aug. 5.

Dean School repair work continues

Brown Deer - Although the School District hoped work on the structural support system at Dean Elementary School would be completed Aug. 23, the timeline has been extended.

The work began earlier this month after an extensive investigation of district buildings, following the record rainfall of July 22. The investigation revealed that some of Dean's structural supports were in need of repair. Working in collaboration with the Brown Deer Village Building Inspector and the structural engineering firm of Strass-Maguire & Associates, the repairs began right away.

With the start of school scheduled for Sept. 1, it is unlikely, but possible, that occupancy of the building may be delayed. In the event that classes cannot be held during the first scheduled week of school at Dean, alternate arrangements have been put into place to accommodate students and staff in other district buildings.

Dean's Meet and Greet event has been cancelled. Students and families are encouraged to attend the Multicultural Potluck Dinner on Sept. 28.

Dean Elementary School will open for staff and students as soon as permission is granted by the village building inspector. Parents and staff members are asked to listen for Alert NOW messages and to visit the district Web site at for information updates.

Public Health survey team visits Glendale in October

Glendale - The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health hopes to enlist 28 households in the city to participate in its Survey of the Health of Wisconsin, SHOW. SHOW hopes to have 1,000 households from around the state participate in the study.

Information collected in the survey will be used as a public-use databank for researchers, policy makers, health officials and others as to determine and address public health needs in the state. You can learn more by calling (888) 433-7469 or go to the Web site,

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