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Whitefish Bay pays $138,000 in exchange for village manager resignation

April 04, 2014 1:24 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Village officials agreed to pay roughly $138,000 in various forms of compensation in return for Village Manager Patrick DeGrave's resignation, according to a resignation agreement acquired through records requests.

The Village Board deliberated DeGrave's resignation in a March 2 closed-session meeting for nearly three hours, according to meeting minutes, after which they went into open session and, after another hour, approved the resignation agreement unanimously.

Present at that meeting was special legal counsel Thomas Scrivner, a labor attorney at Michael Best & Friedrich. While the village usually produces audio recordings of open-session board meetings, the March 2 meeting was not recorded because it took place on a Sunday and staff were not available, assistant clerk Caren Brustmann said.

The deal and dollars

According to the agreement, dated March 4, DeGrave was required to provide a resignation letter "indicating that you have resigned to seek other opportunities effective March 3, 2014." In return, DeGrave receives a lump sum payment of $11,197 for unused vacation days, and two lump sums of $55,983, equivalent to six months of salary. The village also agreed to pay its share of DeGrave's health insurance, $1,249 per month through February 2015 or roughly $15,000.

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Rep. Sandy Pasch won't seek re-election

April 04, 2014 10:31 a.m. | Madison -- The No. 2 Democrat in the state Assembly won't seek re-election, she said Friday.

Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Shorewood), the assistant Assembly minority leader, said she was leaving in part to take care of a nonagenerian father who increasingly needs her care. That brings to 16 the number of Assembly members who won't be returning next session. 

Pasch, a pyschiatric nurse by training, served on a bipartisan task force that helped pass a series of bills in recent months to improve mental health care around Wisconsin. That included a bill to overhaul the governance of the troubled Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.

But Pasch also acknowledged that she wasn't looking forward to more partisan fights with majority Republicans who are likely to hold their control of the Legislature in November's elections. 

Pasch said she wasn't sure if she would have been able to win Republican support for mental health legislation, which has been her passion.

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Ex-Shorewood school secretary sentenced for stealing $310,000

April 03, 2014 5:25 p.m. | A former longtime secretary for the Shorewood School District has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for stealing more than $300,000 from the district's special education funds over a 12-year span, a crime the superintendent says has badly damaged trust in the district.

The extra day means Donna Sternke, 55, can earn good time and will likely be released after about 10 months. She is to report to prison in 30 days.

Sternke, of Slinger, was discovered in 2011 when district officials found expenditures for unexplained Kalahari Resort gift cards. By the time she was formally charged in April 2013, she had already agreed to plead guilty and pay $310,263 restitution.

The first installment, a check for $112,264, was delivered to federal prosecutors Thursday. Her attorney, Kathleen Stilling, said that amount came from liquidating several assets, and that Sternke plans to have her state retirement paid out to the school district, even if she dies before the 10 years of guaranteed payments are made.

As a secretary in the district's Instructional Services and Special Education department, Sternke handled some purchasing duties from a fund that included grants for the federal Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act.

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Dickman wins write-in bid for Fox Point-Bayside School Board

April 03, 2014 5:09 p.m. | Bayside — The Fox Point-Bayside School Board will have two new faces in Max Dickman and Dann Jacobson.

Dickman and Jacobson will fill the seats of former School Board President Alice Lawton and former board member Tim Melchert. Incumbent David Smulyan, who was appointed to an interim term in June, was elected to his first three-year term Tuesday night.

Jacobson, a social studies teacher at Nicolet High School, announced his candidacy in January. Dickman later waged a write-in campaign to fill the vacant third seat.

Dickman, a real estate development manager at Roundy's Supermarkets, has a daughter in second grade at Stormonth School and a son in seventh grade at Bayside Middle School. A Bayside resident of seven years, Dickman has previously served on the Bayside Board of Zoning Appeals.

Dickman said he ran for School Board because he wanted to work with board members and Superintendent Vance Dalzin in improving communication and transparency in the district.

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Spring 2014 North Shore election roundup

April 02, 2014 3:41 p.m. | North Shore NOW's roundup of Spring 2014 election results.

On the municipal side:

Whitefish Bay Village President Julie Siegel narrowly defended her seat on the Whitefish Bay Village Board. Story includes returns of other contested North Shore municipal races.

On the schools side:

Newcomers Paul Buzzell and Wendy Francour won seats on the Mequon-Thiensville School Board. Story includes returns of other contested North Shore school races.

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Engineering for Kids brings basics of science to North Shore youth

April 02, 2014 11:36 a.m. | Shorewood — You say lip gloss. LaRhonda Bennett says chemical engineering.

You say bridge. Bennett says civil engineering.

You say roller coaster, and Bennett says mechanical engineering.

"You go to the amusement park, and you ride," Bennett, a former Milwaukee Public Schools teacher and administrator, says. "You don't think about what goes on behind the scenes."

The science of what goes on behind the scenes of everyday life is what Bennett attempts to teach at Engineering for Kids, an extracurricular science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program. Bennett founded the first Milwaukee-area franchise of the international brand last August. The program's "home," according to Bennett, is the Dunwood Center in Fox Point, though Engineering for Kids has expanded into Shorewood and Whitefish Bay in the months since its launch.

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OWI suspect tells Cedarburg police: 'Nobody can do these tests'

April 02, 2014 11:33 a.m. | A Whitefish Bay woman pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving in Cedarburg prepared police for low expectations in her field sobriety test, CedarburgOnline reports.

"Nobody can do these tests, even if you're straight," she told police after being picked up for speeding early on March 22.

A preliminary breath measurement of her blood-alcohol level was 0.13, the website reported.

Symchych and McGauran hold off write-in bid to win Fox Point Village Board seats

April 02, 2014 8:23 a.m. | Fox Point — Incumbent Christine Symchych and Terry McGauran, in his second bid in as many years, on Tuesday held off a write-in campaign from newcomer Marty Tirado to secure two seats on the Fox Point Village Board.

Symchych and McGauran were neck and neck with 39 and 38 percent of the vote, respectively, while Tirado received 23 percent.

The vote total remains unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers:

Christine Symchych 583

Terry McGauran 566

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Pukaite upsets Ashmore with successful write-in bid for Mequon District 2 seat

April 01, 2014 11:17 p.m. | Mequon — Former mayor Connie Pukaite has upset former alderman Bob Ashmore with a successful write-in campaign and claimed the District 2 seat on the Mequon Common Council.

Pukaite received 58 percent of the vote while Ashmore received 40 percent.

The vote total remains unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers:

Connie Pukaite 362

Bob Ashmore 252

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Serebin defends, Demet claims seat on Whitefish Bay Village Board

April 01, 2014 10:36 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Incumbent Tara Serebin and newcomer Will Demet edged out incumbent Garry Davis Tuesday to win two places on the Whitefish Bay Village Board.

Demet led the field with 38 percent of the vote, followed by Serebin with 37 percent and Davis with 25 percent.

The vote total remains unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers:

Will Demet 1,569

Tara Serebin (i) 1,504

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Siegel narrowly defends Whitefish Bay presidency from challenger O'Connor

April 01, 2014 10:28 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Whitefish Bay Village President Julie Siegel has defeated challenger Anne O'Connor by a mere 32 votes.

Siegel received 50 percent of the vote while O'Connor received 49 percent.

The vote total remains unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers:

Julie Siegel (i) 1,486

Anne O'Connor 1,454

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Gierl claims Mequon District 5 spot

April 01, 2014 10:15 p.m. | Mequon — Mark Gierl defeated Patrick Rochford Tuesday to win the District 5 seat on the Mequon Common Council.

Gierl received 53 percent of the vote while Rochford received 47 percent.

The vote total remains unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers:

Mark Gierl 336

Patrick Rochford 297

Incumbents Williams and Griffin hold seats on Brown Deer School Board

April 01, 2014 10:09 p.m. | Brown Deer — Incumbent School Board President Gary Williams and incumbent board member Dennis Griffin edged out challenger Bill Weisgerber to keep their seats.

Griffin and Williams received 37 and 36 percent of the vote, respectively, while Weisgerber received 27 percent.

The vote total remains unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers:

Dennis Griffin (i) 934

Gary Williams (i) 904

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Boschert defends, Awe claims seat on Brown Deer Village Board

April 01, 2014 10:04 p.m. | Brown Deer — Incumbent Terry Boschert and newcomer Jamie Awe edged out challengers Bruce Thomas and Sherry Yusuf Tuesday to win two places on the Brown Deer Village Board.

Awe and Boschert received 37 and 32 percent of the vote, respectively, while Yusuf and Thomas received 17 and 14 percent, respectively.

The vote total remains unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers:

Jamie Awe 941

Terry Boschert (i) 830

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Buzzell and Francour claim seats on Mequon-Thiensville School Board

April 01, 2014 9:58 p.m. | Mequon — Paul Buzzell and Wendy Francour edged out Sid Terry Tuesday to win two places on the Mequon-Thiensville School Board.

Buzzell and Francour received 41 and 34 percent of the vote, respectively, while Terry received 24 percent.

The vote total remains unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers:

Paul Buzzell 2,789

Wendy Francour 2,351

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Incumbents Shah and Treisman defend seats on Shorewood School Board

April 01, 2014 9:32 p.m. | Shorewood — Incumbents Paru Shah and Ruth Treisman handily defended their seats on the Shorewood School Board, defeating challengers Gregg Davis and Margaret Schmidt.

Shah led the field with 41 percent of the vote, trailed by Treisman with 29 percent, Davis with 16 percent, and Schmidt with 14 percent.

The vote total remains unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers:

Paru Shah (i) 1,301

Ruth Treisman (i) 912

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