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News & Notes: Jan.

Jan. 26, 2011

Open Enrollment seats could remain in flux

Glendale - The Glendale-River Hills School District is awaiting future data to determine how many Open Enrollment seats will be made available in two grade levels for the 2011-12 school year.

District Administrator Larry Smalley had requested seat availability for junior kindergarten and first grade be set at a later date, when results from junior kindergarten registration and a proposed referendum are made available. The School Board approved the request last week.

Dean School gets a grant for an educational garden

Brown Deer - Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $6,000 Toolbox for Education grant to Dean Elementary School. The school will use the grant for a garden. According to the Dean School Garden Committee, "we plan to initially install eight to 10 raised beds … for vegetables and some garden flowers. Plans also include a three-bin compost system and adjacent leaf bin."

Nicolet principal receives contract extension

Glendale - The Nicolet School Board on Monday approved a two-year contract extension for Principal Greg DePue. The contract runs through June 30, 2013.

Village receives sustainability award

Bayside - Todd Schmidt, president of the Wisconsin chapter of the International City/County Management Association, presented a national award for community sustainability to the Village Board last week.

The award honors the "green" initiatives undertaken in recent years, including the reduction of energy consumption at Village Hall. The village was successful in reducing energy consumption by 23 percent and utility costs by 21 percent by 2009.

Employee appointed to communications position

Glendale - Joy Melvin has been appointed to the position of community communications coordinator at Nicolet High School. Her responsibilities in the position will include sharing information about the school with the Nicolet community.

Melvin also serves as adviser to the student newspaper.

Pitney Bowes to locate in business park

Brown Deer - Village Manager Russell Van Gompel said Pitney Bowes, a leading national presorter of mail, will bring 300 jobs to the village when it moves into the business park in February.

Pitney Bowes will lease 121,000-square-feet of space at 9053 N. Deerbrook Trail.

Van Gompel said the company is making interior renovations to the space. They are moving from Milwaukee.

School Board OKs program to reward anonymous tips

Glendale - Quick 50, a program designed to curtail the presence of illegal weapons and drugs at the school, is coming to Nicolet High School, following approval by the School Board on Monday.

People can report information about drugs or guns in school anonymously and receive a cash award.

District allowing only two new Open Enrollment seats

Brown Deer - School Board officials on Monday unanimously voted to allow two Open Enrollment seats for the next school year.

The limited seats will only be allowed for children entering first grade. Other grades will not see additional seats.

The school district plans to develop a waiting list in case fewer students enroll for the upcoming school year.

At the last board meeting, officials approved guaranteed seats for eligible students who currently attend school in Brown Deer.

The board does not guarantee siblings of current Open Enrollment students seats for the 2011-12 school year.

Teaching vet to retire from Maple Dale-Indian Hill

Fox Point - Jerry Hawker, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Maple Dale School, will retire at the end of the school year. Hawker has been with the district for 41 years.

School Board discusses benefits review process

Brown Deer - School Board officials on Monday discussed employee benefits and the impact they have on the upcoming budget. The board wants to analyze employees' current benefit packages in the hopes of saving money.

Remaining competitive and retaining qualified staff is also a major objective during the benefits review.

The board plans to schedule numerous meetings that will be open to the public.

Papa John's Pizza opens in Bradley Village

Brown Deer - Papa John's Pizza has opened a 1,487-square-foot delivery and take-out pizza business at 7979 N. Sherman Blvd.

Papa John's is open daily until 11 p.m. for take out, with delivery hours until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The pizza shop joins a coffee shop, fitness center and barbershop in the retail center.

Fox Point-Bayside board approves class size limits

Fox Point - The Fox Point-Bayside School Board set class size limits for the 2011-12 school year.

Thresholds for next year have been set at 19 students per class for 4-year-old kindergarten to first grade, 20 students in grades two to five, and 21 students in grades six to eight.

NSFD elects new board of directors

Jerry Tepper of Glendale is the new chairman of the North Shore Fire Department board of directors. Sam Dickman of Bayside is vice chairman; Carl Krueger of Brown Deer, secretary-treasurer.

The board of directors is made up of the presidents of the six member communities and the mayor of Glendale.

Board OKs 2011-12 calendar for Fox Point-Bayside district

Fox Point - Classes at Stormonth Elementary and Bayside Middle schools for the 2011-12 school year will kick off Sept. 1 and wrap up June 7, 2012.

The School Board on Monday approved the district's calendar for the next school year. Other highlights include winter break being set for Dec. 23 to 30 and spring break from April 6 to 13, 2012.

Fox Point-Bayside receives $8,000 selling paintings

Fox Point - The Fox Point-Bayside School District received $7,817 in proceeds after selling two paintings that were no longer in use.

District officials accepted sealed bids and reviewed them at a Finance and Facilities Committee meeting Jan. 7. An oil painting, "The Blue Boat," by Robert Von Neumann sold for $7,510, while a painting of a bird by Karl Priebe Gouache netted $307.

District Administrator Rachel Boechler said a decision on how to use the proceeds has yet to be made.

Maple Dale-Indian Hill administrators get extensions

Fox Point - The Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Board last week approved one-year contract extensions for three administrators in the district.

The extensions affected District Administrator and Maple Dale Principal Mary Dean, Business Administrator Gary Swalve and Director of Instruction and Indian Hill Principal Tim Reymer.

Grant to provide seed money for gorge preservation

Mequon - The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust was awarded a $11,385 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The grant will be used to fund a historic structures report, the first step in the trust's efforts to restore the historic structures and landscape at Donges Bay Gorge.

The undeveloped 23-acre gorge is a habitat for bald eagles and contains two historic structures, a pool house and bridge, and a Jens Jensen-designed landscape.

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