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Seven Nicolet teachers to receive final layoff notices

May 28, 2010 1:56 p.m. | Seven Nicolet High School teachers will receive final layoff notices today.

The School Board this morning approved layoffs as an audience of about 30 teachers, students and parents watched and listened. Eleven staff members were issued preliminary notices in April, but District Administrator Rick Monroe said additional trimming of the budget allowed the district to keep those positions.

Although seven teachers received the notices, the layoffs represent 3.8 full-time equivalents. Most teachers are seeing a reduction in their teaching hours instead of losing their jobs.

Monroe and Glendale-River Hills District Administrator Larry Smalley have worked out a job-sharing arrangement in which a math teacher losing a full-time position at Nicolet will be shared with Glen Hills Middle School. He will retain a 0.2 position at Nicolet and work a 0.9 position at Glen Hills. Monroe said a similar arrangement will be offered to a guidance counselor at Nicolet who is going from full time to half time, but will be able to take a half time position at Parkway Elementary School if desired.

Monroe said it is possible that teachers issued final layoff notices will be called back once the district settles contracts with its three unions. The School Board and teachers union representatives met in a mediation session that lasted until 1 a.m. today.

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Fox Point footbridge named 'project of the year'

10:28 a.m. | Fox Point — The Bridge Lane Ravine footbridge has been named the "project of the year" from the Wisconsin chapter of the American Public Works Association.

The award will be presented at the association's spring conference in Sheboygan on May 14, according to Fox Point Director of Public Works and Village Engineer Scott Brandmeier. The footbridge project has been forwarded to the national chapter of the APWA for consideration of the national "project of the year" award in the small cities/rural communities category.

Mequon-Thiensville speaks out against Gov. Walker's proposed budget

March 30, 2015 7:13 p.m. | Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School Board recently passed a legislative resolution expressing its concerns with the proposed 2015-2017 budget drafted by Gov. Scott Walker.

The resolution highlights how Walker's proposed budget would affect the school district, including a $470,000 loss in per-pupil categorial aid and a $230,000 loss resulting from the freeze on state revenue limits. The resolution also expresses apprehension about the proposed phase-out of the Chapter 220 program, which would result in a tax increase of about $0.05 per $1,000 of equalized value over a five-year period.

In the resolution, the school board calls on Sen. Alberta Darling, as well as Reps. Jim Ott and Dan Knodl, to advocate for an increase in public education funding.

"The board's strong resolution indicates the critical need to ensure the state budget reflects the values of residents in Mequon and Thiensville as it relates to their public schools," said Demond Means, superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville School District. "The board looks forward to its continued dialogue with our locally elected state legislators."

North Shore couple probed for collecting state aid

March 27, 2015 5:13 p.m. | A Whitefish Bay couple collected nearly $115,000 in public assistance benefits while remodeling and residing in one of the nicer homes on their block, according to investigators.

The stately Lannon stone colonial was so well designed and decorated, it was featured in "At Home" in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2012.

The story apparently didn't trip the radar of state officials who knew Mary Carini Gallagher was on state books as a recipient of food shares and Medicaid benefits, according to court records. That didn't happen until someone sent the Office of Inspector General an anonymous letter in July 2014.

The letter detailed how Gallagher, 51, and Todd Schaller, 51, failed to disclose income and included copies of Gallagher's Quest card, an application for free and reduced lunch for her child, and the Journal Sentinel feature about the couple's blended family and the work Gallagher had done on the house at 5918 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Agents raided the house earlier this week and seized financial records, travel and shopping receipts, computers and other items investigators believe might reveal evidence of public assistance fraud. Prosecutors are now reviewing the case.

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Whitefish Bay School Board: Radio station would be better suited for community use

March 27, 2015 4:33 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — The Whitefish Bay School Board decided that a student-run radio station would be infeasible at Whitefish Bay High School, but might be better suited for use by the Whitefish Bay community at-large.

The idea of a student-run radio station was first proposed by Whitefish Bay resident John Davis in November 2013, when he asked the school board to complete a FCC application for the 103.3 FM frequency that had recently become available. The school board agreed at that time to complete the application, with the understanding that the district was not obligated to construct a radio station or facilitate a radio program in the future. The FCC approved Whitefish Bay's application in October.

When the board discussed the radio station earlier this month, Whitefish Bay School District Superintendent Laura Myrah expressed concerns that the radio station would drain funding from other areas of the school budget. At that time, Myrah estimated a radio station would cost more than $100,000, but those costs were based on a combined curricular and extra-curricular model instead of the extra-curricular model proposed by Davis and other radio station proponents.

To gather cost estimates more closely aligned with the extra-curricular model, Myrah talked with the radio program adviser at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, which offers radio as an extra-curricular program and one elective class period per day. The staff time for that teaching position is one-fifth of a full time position. A broadcast engineer also works in the building, and a freelance expert is used to install new equipment and solve high-level technical problems.

While New Trier allows students to participate with no adult supervision, Myrah said Whitefish Bay's liability insurance requires school district employees to supervise students on school grounds. The school district's high school student supervisory pay range is $14.74 to $17.92 per hour. At an average of $16.35 per hour for 10 hours per week for 180 days, the advisor would cost the district $5,886 per year. Additionally, Myrah said the district would have to pay for personnel or training in the district's technology department, which she said is sorely understaffed.

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DSW shoe store opens in Mequon

March 27, 2015 3:38 p.m. | Mequon — A DSW shoe store opened in the Mequon Pavilions shopping center on Thursday, March 26.

The national footwear and accessories retailer offers more than 12,000 pairs of women's and men's shoes in the 12,000-square-foot space at 11048 N. Port Washington Road. The Mequon location marks DSW's third location in the Milwaukee market, with other locations in Southridge Mall and the Mayfair Collection.

"We're so excited to open a store in Mequon," said Carrie McDermott, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of DSW. "DSW's footprint continues to grow in the area, and we are committed to being the go-to destination for all of our customers' shoe and accessory needs."

The Mequon DSW store will employ 30 people. In addition to shoes, the store also sells designer handbags and other accessories.

Crews clear crash that closed right lane of NB I-43 at Brown Deer Road

March 27, 2015 11:13 a.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the right lane of northbound Interstate 43 at Brown Deer Road. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office responded.

West Allis-West Milwaukee School District taps Shorewood superintendent for top spot

March 27, 2015 11:10 a.m. | West Allis — He was only appointed West Allis-West Milwaukee School District superintendent last week, but current Shorewood Superintendent Marty Lexmond is already dropping in at West Allis schools, greeting children and meeting staff.

The school board appointed him Wednesday, March 25, and he will start July 1.

Getting out and meeting people is in line with his prime goal of building relationships that can be identified for the future, Lexmond said.

Lexmond said he is looking forward to working in the district because of the skills he has acquired in both suburban and urban education. The district has strong elements of both, and he said he is excited to address its challenges.

Lexmond will succeed Kurt Wachholz who retired late last summer.

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Burglary suspects flee police in Brown Deer, crash car in Whitefish Bay

March 25, 2015 4:20 p.m. | Brown Deer — Five teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 were arrested after allegedly burglarizing a house in Brown Deer, leading police on a high-speed chase through the North Shore and eventually crashing into a light pole in Whitefish Bay.

A Brown Deer resident called police at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday to report a burglary at a neighbor's house in the 8500 block of N. 66th St. Brown Deer police arrived in time to see two vehicles flee the scene of the burglary. One of the vehicles fled into Milwaukee, where officers stopped pursuing the car after the chase exceeded 100 miles per hour. Police later learned the vehicle was stolen.

The other vehicle, which was also stolen, led police east on Brown Deer Road, then south on Lake Drive before it drove over police stop sticks on Lake Drive in Fox Point, Whitefish Bay Police Chief Michael Young said. When the vehicle started to slow down, four teenagers bailed from the vehicle and were arrested, Young said.

The 17-year-old driver continued driving south on Lake Drive, turning right onto Henry Clay Drive and crashing into a light pole just east of Whitefish Bay Middle School. The driver attempted to flee on foot, but was caught by officers less than 30 seconds after the crash, Young said.

No one was injured during the incident, which involved collaboration between officers from Brown Deer, Bayside, Fox Point, Whitefish Bay and Glendale.

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Whitefish Bay hires John Edlebeck as public works director

March 25, 2015 10:22 a.m. | Whitefish Bay — After four months without a public works director, Whitefish Bay officials have hired Waupaca city engineer and public works director John Edlebeck for the job.

Edlebeck, who has been with Waupaca for 18 years, will start work in Whitefish Bay on May 1, earning a salary of $95,000. Prior to his work in Waupaca, he served as the city engineer for Geneva, Illinois, for 10 years. He started his career in Elgin, Illinois, with D'Onofrio, Kottke and Associates, where he worked for three years.

Edlebeck earned a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. He is a licensed professional engineer in Wisconsin and Illinois. In 2013, he was named one of the top 10 national Public Works Leaders of the Year by the American Public Works Association.

Edlebeck is excited about the opportunity to return to Whitefish Bay, which is his wife Kay's hometown. The two married in 1983 at St. Monica Parish. His new job opportunity will place him and Kay within close driving distance of her parents in Bayside, her sister and brother-in-law in Whitefish Bay and their four children, who all live in the Milwaukee and Chicago area.

"Right now we are driving down to Milwaukee or Chicago every other weekend, so when the position came open, it was something I was very interested in pursuing," he said.

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Glendale mayoral candidates will debate city issues tonight

March 24, 2015 10:42 a.m. | Glendale mayoral candidates Bryan Kennedy and JoAnn Shaw will participate in a candidate forum tonight.

The forum, hosted by the North Shore Republican Club, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in the community meeting room of the North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road. Candidates will respond to a series of questions from a moderator, as well as questions from the audience.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Diamond Stone the greatest ever?

March 24, 2015 10:30 a.m. | The guys look back at state-tournament weekend for boys basketball and examine state titles for Dominican, Brown Deer and Young Coggs Prep, plus another great run for Germantown. And how sweet will the round of 16 be for the Wisconsin Badgers?

The Sprint Episode Three: WIAA state basketball tournament retrospective

March 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:

Whitefish Bay native finishes 46th in Iditarod

March 23, 2015 12:58 p.m. | Whitefish Bay native Laura Allaway finished her first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 21.

Allaway, who has worked with sled dogs in Alaska since 2007, finished the 1,000-mile race in 12 days, 3 hours, 3 minutes and 54 seconds. She took 46th place.

For more information on Allaway, check out this Whitefish Bay Now story from January.

New bus route running through Brown Deer

March 23, 2015 12:08 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Transit System started a new bus route in Brown Deer on Sunday, March 22.

Route 276 is a new route that provides service from Park Plaza and Brown Deer, to Green Bay Road, to Cherrywood Lane primarily along Brown Deer Road. The area contains several office and industrial businesses that do not have transit service. Route 276 will run weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The new route and schedule are available to view on RideMCTS.com.

Proud Brown Deer boys basketbal team claims second state title

March 21, 2015 5:32 p.m. | Last year's WIAA Division 3 title for the Brown Deer boys basketball team was an historic first-time event full of hugs, tears and a sense of accomplishment.

This season's impressive repeat championship, claimed March 21 at the Kohl Center in Madison with a 74-60 victory over Appleton Xavier, was also an historic accomplishment. But this time, the hugs were a bit more reserved and the tears of happiness were replaced by proud smiles.

"No less fun, no greater feeling," said veteran Falcons athletics director Mike Novak.

In short, this was something the 25-4 Falcons felt that they had earned after erasing an early 7-0 deficit to the Hawks (24-4) and steadily building a margin that was as large as 23 points in the second half.

"We came into it confident," said senior power forward Zack Baun, a starter on last year's champions. "If anything, we were more hungry than last year. We knew we had to get going because we had something to defend."

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