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News & Notes: Sept. 1

Sept. 2, 2009

Foundation ending Jewish Life and Learning Grants program

Nicolet - The Helen Bader Foundation will end its support of the Hebrew language program at Nicolet High School in two years after 10 years of grants that partially funded the language classes.

The foundation notified the school district that it will be focusing on an endowment to bolster Jewish day school education in Milwaukee over the next decade and will be unable to continue the funding for the language program at Nicolet.

District Administrator Rick Monroe said a total of 44 students will take Hebrew classes.

School Board President Laurel Bear said the goal has always been to work the program into the regular curriculum with funding provided by the district.

Business Manager Jeff Dellutri said in coming years Hebrew will be treated like any foreign language, with funding dependent on enrollment.

Police Department earns accreditation

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Police Department was formally recognized at the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police summer conference for its recently earned accreditation by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group.

The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. The program consists of 234 standards that incorporate the best police practices. Agencies are evaluated every three years.

This was the first time the Brown Deer Police Department has applied for accreditation. Accreditation is for three years, during which time the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

Bayside honored with another award

Bayside - The village has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Good Government award, sponsored by Foth, a Wisconsin-based consulting engineering firm, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Counties Association, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Towns Association.

The 2009 award is the result of a collective effort of implementing the five long-term strategic initiatives adopted by the Village Board of Trustees. The award recognizes Bayside's innovation, creativity, and doing more with fewer resources to implement the five long-term strategic initiatives. Specifically referenced were the village communication and performance measurement programs.

The village will be honored at the annual League of Wisconsin Municipalities conference in October, and will also receive a $1,000 Good Government community enhancement grant.

Library Board gathering information on expansion

The North Shore Library Board will gather more information on proposals for library expansion, following a closed session meeting of the governing bodies of Fox Point, Bayside, River Hills and Glendale on Aug. 31. The four communities jointly own the library and met in closed session to hear a presentation on expansion.

Library Director Richard Nelson said the four boards did not meet in open session to discuss the proposals but had questions based on the closed session discussion.

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