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News & Notes: July 27

July 27, 2010

Traffic lights recommended for Green Bay and Civic Drive

Glendale - A traffic study done by Traffic Analysis & Design shows a need for traffic lights at the intersection of Green Bay Avenue and Civic Drive. Lights will cost $145,000, including installation.

The city has funds left from the Green Bay Avenue construction account but will first ask for the Department of Transportation's permission to install them. Green Bay Avenue is a state road under the DOT's jurisdiction.

District renews lunch contract with food service provider

Mequon - The School Board last week voted to extend its contract with ARAMARK for the school lunch program through the 2010-11 school year.

The district's food service budget for the coming school year is projected at more than $1.2 million and includes a 10-cent increase per day in lunches served at all grade levels. Elementary prices will rise from $1.70 to $1.80 daily and middle and high school from $1.95 to $2.05 daily. Milk will remain flat at 25 cents daily.

Business Manager Gail Grieger said ARAMARK has planned several initiatives for the coming school year, including a continued commitment to incorporate health and wellness into the menu. She said plans call for reducing the amount of processed ingredients, salts and sugars in the food served. Nutrition information will be made available online.

As with all school districts, Mequon-Thiensville aims to keep its food service program self-sustaining, meaning income from food sales offsets expenses.

District continues agreement with local YMCA branch

Brown Deer - Staff from the Rite-Hite YMCA will continue to offer wrap-around childcare before and after 4-year-old kindergarten sessions, as part of a new agreement approved by the School Board on Monday.

The district offers a K4 class inside Brown Deer Middle School. YMCA will continue to offer the child care as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m. Parents pay for the child care, based on the number of hours.

District renews lease on Dean's modular classrooms

Brown Deer - The School Board on Monday agreed to renew a three-year agreement for modular classrooms at Dean Elementary School at an annual cost of $185,364.

The modulars were installed at Dean in 2007 to accommodate an increase in the student population at the school. Prior to 2007, Dean housed upper-level elementary students, while the since-razed Algonquin School had classrooms for lower-level elementary students.

The initial agreement with Illinois-based Innovative Modular Solutions was signed in 2007 and is set to expire. The renewal carries through July 31, 2013.

School Board OKs three staff hires, one resignation

Brown Deer - The School Board on Monday approved the hiring of three teachers, one at each school. At Dean, Hallie McCutcheon has been hired to fill a special education teaching position. Jessica Rohr will assume a part-time Spanish teaching position at the middle school. At the high school, Fran Peter will fill a Spanish teaching position.

The board also approved the resignation of Dimitrious Foster, an assistant principal at the high school.

River Hills transfers CDBG funds to Bayside

River Hills - The village will transfer $45,800 of unused Community Development Block Grant Fund to Bayside, which will use them for the rehabilitation of the Ellsworth Park pavilion. The River Hills money is the total of its 2009 and 2010 CDBG grants.

Bayside will also use its 2010 CDBG grant of $21,702 for the pavilion.

Bayside will transfer its CDBG grants to River Hills to repay the loan.

School Board adopts policy against bullying

Brown Deer - The School Board on Monday adopted a policy that formally prohibits bullying on school grounds. The language within the policy defines bullying and outlines what steps should be taken by district staff if an incident occurs.

School staff and students witnessing or victimized by bullying behavior will be required to report incidents to administrators. The policy states that staff and students can report incidents verbally and in writing, and calls on administrators to take each incident seriously. Reports can be made confidentially.

A list of school and district employees will be devised to determine who will be charged with investigating incidents. Follow-through will include interviews with students and notification to parents of all affected students. Depending upon the incident, corrective action could be as extreme as expelling a student or terminating an employee.

At the end of each school year, district officials will present a report to the School Board outlining any trends and possible efforts for reducing bullying.

District renews lease for alternative program

Brown Deer - The school district will continue leasing classroom space at St. Mark Ev. Lutheran Church, 8635 N. 60th St., for its high school alternative education program throughout the 2010-11 school year at a monthly cost of $1,400.

St. Mark is near Brown Deer's three-school campus. The arrangement between the district and St. Mark has been in place for several years, though the contract is reviewed annually. District officials have said the off-campus scenario has been a positive for students who might excel in different learning environments.

Foundation raised nearly $200,000 last year

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville Educational Foundation, an organization that helps fund programs outside of the general operating budget, raised nearly $200,000 during the just-completed school year, officials announced last week.

Foundation officers made the announcement during a routine report at a School Board meeting. Even amid a turbulent economy, giving has remained consistent. Last year, the foundation raised $211,264.

Funds are raised through a variety of efforts, including such events as the Tartan Ball, spring raffle and 5K run-walk. Next year, the foundation plans to add a fourth fundraising event: a wine and cheese tasting at Shully's in Thiensville.

In the past, the foundation has awarded funds for a variety of projects, including technology and software upgrades and funding for such positions as an information and technology specialist and middle school literacy specialist.

Group seeks support for Trees from Home

For soldiers serving overseas, the Christmas season can be especially lonely which is why the members of the Port Washington Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, are making plans to bring a touch of home this Christmas to military personnel by participating in Trees From Home. North Shore resident Julie Stuhlmacher, chairwoman of the WSDAR State Project Patriot Committee, picked the project at the suggestion of her son John, a veteran of the Iraq War and Purple Heart recipient.

Last year the committee decorated and sent 1,030 trees overseas.

Thanks to the generous outpouring of support and commitment to this project last year, Trees From Home has set its sights on completing 1,500 trees to be sent overseas in time for Christmas 2010.

Members of the DAR are asking for a donation of $20 to help provide a soldier with a fully decorated 12-inch artificial Christmas tree, a bag of candy, a Christmas card and one 30-minute phone card. Included in this year's package are donations of a handmade tree skirt and a toothbrush and paste; all of which will be boxed and shipped overseas in time for Christmas.

Supplies to begin crafting the trees will be available after July 15 but the Port Washington Chapter is currently accepting donations. The deadline for donations is Nov. 15.

Individual and group participation is encouraged.

For information, contact Julie Stuhlmacher at: treesfromhome@yahoo.com or (414) 881-3634.

Bay Players to hold auditions for 'Forbidden Broadway'

Whitefish Bay - The Bay Players will hold auditions for Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 with call backs Aug. 4. Actors/singers from 18 to 70 years old are needed. Be prepared to sing a Broadway song.

Auditions will be held in Whitefish Bay High School Auditorium, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave.

Due to construction, entrance to the auditorium will be through the main school door on Fairmount Avenue, or the north parking lot auditorium door

For information, go to thebayplayers.com or call (414)299-9040.

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