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News & Notes: Nov. 13

Nov. 13, 2013

Flu shots being

given at Range Line

Mequon — Pharmacists from the Thiensville Walgreens will be on hand to give flu shots Nov. 14 at Range Line school, 11040 North Range Line Road.

The session runs from 9-11 a.m. in room 108.

Shorewood committee

continues benefit debate

Shorewood — Shorewood officials last week continued their discussion on the future of district retirement benefits, though no decision was reached.

During a Human Resources Committee meeting Nov. 6, Interim Business Manager Mike Garty was asked to put together various models for the district's retirement benefit plan. A referendum was approved in 2011 for $10 million in new district debt to fund a retirement benefit trust for district retirees.

The post employment benefit plan being discussed would distribute the balance of that trust among current retirees and employees and create a health retirement account for new hires. An employee's years of service to the district and the amount paid by the district into the plan are variables in the model. Garty will present the costs for different models at a committee meeting Nov. 21. The committee's hope is to have a finalized plan in front of the School Board by January at the latest.

Bay School District tax rate up two cents

Whitefish Bay — The Whitefish Bay School Board last week certified a $21 million levy. Taxpayers will see a two cent increase in the tax rate.

The tax rate is increasing from $11.05 per $1,000 of assessed value to $11.07 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The school portion of the tax bill for a $300,000 dollar home would be $3,321.

Two School Board seats up for election in 2014

Shorewood — Ruth Treisman's and Paru Shah's School Board seats are up for election in 2014.

Forms and information packets for those interested in running for the Shorewood board seats will be available in the superintendent's office beginning Dec. 2. The deadline to file a declaration of candidacy is 5 p.m. Jan. 7. The spring election is scheduled for April 1. The primary election if needed would be Feb. 18. School Board members serve three-year terms.

Shorewood not eligible to accept more 220 students

Shorewood — The Shorewood School District is not eligible to accept new Milwaukee students as part of the Chapter 220 program this school year, according to a report provided to the School Board on Tuesday.

The district's minority population exceeds 30 percent, so Shorewood has already reached the required threshold for minority students participating in the program. The Chapter 220 program is designed to racially integrate schools by giving minority students the opportunity to attend schools in suburban areas that are predominantly nonminority.

Donation to schools to establish new scholarship

Shorewood — The Shorewood School Board on Tuesday approved a $25,000 donation that will be used to establish the Debra Lynn Spector Scholarship at Shorewood High School.

In addition to the initial $25,000 donation, an additional $5,000 per year will be donated for the next five years so that the scholarship award can be given each year from the interest earned. The scholarship will be given to one Shorewood High School student who goes on to attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with the funds specifically earmarked for supplemental classroom materials, such as books.

National realty company

moves into Bay

Whitefish Bay — The nation's largest real estate company, Keller Williams Realty, is expanding into the Milwaukee market and will open shop in Whitefish Bay.

The new Keller Williams North Shore office will be located at 205 East Silver Spring Drive, in the former Zita Bridal Salon, according to a news release.

The North Shore franchise will be owned by a small group of local investors and run by an "agent based leadership council," according to the release.

Tutoring company expands in Mequon

Mequon — Locally owned tutoring company Love to Learn is expanding for the third time in 15 years and has relocated to the Mequon Office Park on Port Washington Road.

According to a company news release, Love to Learn tutors student from around the greater Milwaukee area and at peak times employs 15 associates with advanced degrees.

"There is such a great need for individualized education outside of school," Love to Learn owner and retired teacher Sharon Schuman said. "...If we can communicate my love for learning and allow them to feel satisfaction when they improve and succeed with their studies, then we proudly accomplish what we set out to do with each student."

Plan Commission OKs

Papa Murphy's store

Glendale — The Glendale Plan Commission on Tuesday approved plans for Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza in the North Bay Center.

The commission approved the use and occupancy of the specialty take and bake pizza store at 6150 N. Port Washington Road. However, plan commissioners did have questions about the proposed signage. The applicant was not present at the meeting and the signs will be revisited at a future meeting. Papa Murphy's is projected to open at the end of the year, according to City Administrator Richard Maslowski.

Glendale approves

lawn business

Glendale — The Glendale Plan Commission on Tuesday approved The Lawn Professor to take up occupancy of a building at 6161 N. Flint Road.

Plan commissioners approved the use and occupancy of the business subject to approval by the North Shore Fire Department regarding the storage of fertilizer.

Plan Commission backs warehouse expansion

Glendale — City officials on Tuesday moved forward plans for the expansion of Machi Produce's warehouse at 4215 to 4237 N. Port Washington Road.

The Glendale Plan Commission sent a positive recommendation to the Common Council to approve the certified survey map to allow for the expansion of Machi's distribution warehouse.

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