News & Notes: Jan. 23

Jan. 23, 2013

Bay bundles parcels

for Mandel project

Whitefish Bay - The Village Board on Monday 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 Monday 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 on Monday 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 on Tuesday, 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.

Board members continue

to call families

Brown Deer - Brown Deer School Board members will continue to call families whose children attend school outside of the Brown Deer School District.

So far, a handful of parents have been contacted by board members to discuss why they send their children to other school districts. These findings are being placed in a document to be reviewed in February.

School Board approves

two retirements

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School Board on Tuesday 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 on Tuesday 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 on Tuesday 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.

Nicolet senior nominated

to US Service Academy

Glendale - Nicolet senior Nicholas Sullivan was one of 21 students in Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District nominated to United States Service Academies, according to a release from Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner's office.

Sullivan, the son of Matthew and Lisa, is a competing alternate nominee to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

NSFD to review

arbitrators in February

The North Shore Fire Department board of directors will likely review a shortlist of candidates for an arbitrator/mediator position at its February meeting.

Board members said at their December meeting that an arbitrator or mediator would be useful in creating a new funding formula for 2016. Bayside Village President Samuel Dickman requested at the NSFD board meeting that Fire Chief Robert Whitaker bring in a list of two to three candidates for their next meeting.

Whitaker said he has been in contact with arbitration firms and has spoken with a Racine public official who is well-suited to the task.

Village Board to resume footbridge

discussions in February

Fox Point - An update on the Bridge Lane ravine footbridge is expected at the next Village Board meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Village Hall, 7200 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Among the issues discussed will be the status of fundraising efforts from a locally formed group, Footbridge Friends.

Residents Larry Booth and Bob Cory came before the board with questions on the fundraising progress during a public comment portion of the meeting. Because the footbridge was not placed on the meeting agenda, board members refrained from discussing the issue with Booth and Cory.

"You use Robert's Rules of Order as a reason not to answer reasonable questions," Booth said. "You shoot people down. It's disgusting to see how you run this organization."

Mexican restaurant to replace

long-dormant Outback building

Fox Point - The Fox Point Village Board authorized Jose's Blue Sombrero to open for business in an existing restaurant space at 8617 N. Port Washington Road.

Jose's will fill the building, previously occupied by Outback Steakhouse, that was constructed in 2005 after the RiverPoint Cinema closed and was razed at the site. Outback used the space for about four years.

The DeRosa Corp. will operate the Jose's restaurant in Fox Point alongside other eateries throughout the metro area. The company has Jose's restaurants in Brookfield and Racine and also runs Eddie Martini's in Wauwatosa, ParkSide 23 in Brookfield and several Chancery restaurants.

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