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Going back to school in the North Shore

New faces, new places and more await students next week

Xavier Durawa (from left) and Ben Ihde, 2011 graduates of Whitefish Bay High School, demonstrate to an audience of current students and graduates how to make a balloon fit into a bottle in a new science lab at the school Sunday.

Xavier Durawa (from left) and Ben Ihde, 2011 graduates of Whitefish Bay High School, demonstrate to an audience of current students and graduates how to make a balloon fit into a bottle in a new science lab at the school Sunday. Photo By Mary Catanese

Aug. 24, 2011

North Shore schools will be cleaned and polished for the start of classes next week. Janitorial staffs work hard every summer to create the pristine welcome-back appearance that greets students at the start of every school year.

Classes for schools in all eight districts in the area resume Sept. 1.

With backpacks slung over shoulders and perhaps butterflies fluttering in stomachs, students will find many changes in their schools this fall.

Nowhere will those changes be more evident than in Whitefish Bay, where contractors have been wrapping up two years of construction projects.

Voters in 2009 approved $22.6 million for additions and upgrades to the district's schools. While the district celebrated additions to Richards and Cumberland elementary schools earlier this year, the music wing addition at the high school will highlight the new school year.

The high school also will have a new Project Lead the Way science and math lab, a special education classroom, two new science labs, an updated main elevator and a wheelchair lift to help accessibility between the high school and field house. The high school has new bleachers, as well.

All the schools in the district now have updated fire alarms, Wi-Fi access, renovated bathrooms and electrical upgrades.

"We did it all for $2.6 million less than originally projected," Director of Business Services Shawn Yde said.

For a look at what's new in all the North Shore districts, see below.

BROWN DEER

Fees: No changes from last year; for specifics consult the district's website at browndeerschools, click on "School Board" and then "Policies. "

New administrators: Kortney Smith, principal, Dean Elementary School; Greg Schaffer, director of teaching and learning

Facilities updates: working on a major initiative for a consolidated two-school campus; community survey results due Sept. 2; information and listening sessions scheduled for Aug. 29, 31 and Sept. 8

New staff: 22 new teachers, a nurse, and a director of literacy and instructional coaching

FOX POINT-BAYSIDE

New teachers: four teachers

New administrators: Director of Business Services Amy Kohl (full-time); Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment Kathy Myles (part time)

School lunch prices: $2.10 at Stormonth and $2.15 at Bayside (10 cent increase)

Fees: $75 per child plus $8 for trade books

Facilities update: completed installation of new boilers and lighting to enhance energy efficiency, installation of wireless capability in both schools, upgrade to Microsoft Exchange/Windows 7 platform district-wide

GLENDALE-RIVER HILLS

Administrators: The district will be working with less this school year, reducing administrative staffing by a 1.4 full-time equivalency rate. Responsibilities for the vacant business manager and director of curriculum and instruction positions are being divided among other staff within the district office.

New teachers: nine; three in special education, one in grade five, one in grade eight, Spanish (part-time), music (part-time), art, and gifted and talented

Fees: user fees are $125, up $25 from last year; lunch fees increased 10 cents

MAPLE DALE-INDIAN HILL

New staff: four new teachers

Facilities update: replacement of all pavement around both buildings, the carpet in the main hall at Maple Dale, ceiling tile and fire alarm system at Indian Hill; refinished the gym floor at Maple Dale

MEQUON-THIENSVILLE

Facilities: The district has upgraded its elementary schools to be wireless, which will enable the greater use of technology by students. This is the end of a two-year initiative.

New administrators: five; Jeridon Clark, information and technology manager; Kate Dunning, assistant principal at Homestead High School; Michael Harris, principal at Lake Shore Middle School; Allison Rudich, principal at Donges Bay Elementary School; and Kyle Thompson, director of buildings and grounds

New teachers: 33 across all six schools

NICOLET HIGH SCHOOL

Facilities: several structural enhancements, including new roofs and boiler work

New administrator: Lisa Elliott, director of curriculum and instruction

New teachers: eight; two in English, one in social studies, two in health/physical education, one in French, one in family and consumer education (part-time), one in photography (part-time); a social studies teacher, laid off a year ago, also is returning.

SHOREWOOD

Facilities: updates to Lake Bluff Elementary School playground, due for completion by mid-September; construction of new bleachers at Shorewood High School, due for completion by late September.

New teachers: 13 across all four schools

WHITEFISH BAY

New staff: 14 teachers

Fees: registration fees up $5; a consumable fee varies by actual classroom costs

Facilities update: opening of music wing addition at the high school; remodeled high school main office and security entrance; two new science labs, a Project Lead the Way lab and a special education classroom; new elevator and wheelchair lift; new middle school gymnasium floor; bathroom renovations; and electrical upgrades at all schools

New course offerings at high school: mixed media (art); engineering design and development; music theory; intermediate digital music; athletic training/sports medicine; leadership for social justice

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