Friday, March 22, 2013
With the spring election quickly approaching, four candidates for Fox Point-Bayside School Board weighed in on key local issues in a forum Monday hosted by the district parent teacher organization.
With the spring election quickly approaching, four candidates for Fox Point-Bayside School Board weighed in on key local issues in a forum Monday hosted by the district parent teacher organization. Four newcomers Tom Hayssen, David Smulyan, Michael Weidner and Libby Wick are running for two open seats on the board. The election is set for April 2. School Board President Mike Weiss and member Eliz Greene are not seeking re-election. The forum allowed for an introduction and closing statement from each candidate, in addition to questions from the moderator and audience members. Why they're running Wick, owner of Libby Montana Bar and Grill in Mequon, said she moved into the district several years ago because of the quality of the schools, …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Sponsored by the Fox Point-Bayside parent-teacher organization, the forum will allow for a brief opening statement, standard set of questions, followed by an audience Q&A segment.
Learn about candidates for Fox Point-Bayside School Board at an election forum March 18 at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Fox Point-Bayside parent-teacher organization, the forum will take place in the Stormonth Elementary School cafeteria, 7301 N Longacre Rd. At the forum, candidates will make a brief opening statement and be asked a standard set of questions, followed by an audience Q&A segment. Four candidates — Tom Hayssen, David Smulyan, Michael Weidner and Libby Wick — are running for two open seats on the board. The election is set for April 2.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The School Board approved a handful of contract extensions for administrators and non-teaching staff, but will likely take up salary and benefit recommendations for those employees in April.
School officials approved contract extensions for Maple Dale-Indian Hill District School Chief Mary Jordan Dean, and a handful of adminstrators and non-teaching staff, Wednesday night. The School Board approved a two-year extension for Dean, as well as one-year extensions for Indian Hills Principal and Director of Instruction Tim Reyer, School Psychologist and Special Education Coordinator Deborah Cook and Instruction Technology Integrator Chris See. Additionally, Administrative Assistant Sue Simpson Bark and Business Reports Coordinator Cindy Baker saw one-year contract extensions OK'd. The School Board will likely take up salary and benefit recommendations for those employees in April, Business Administrator Gary Swalve said. "The …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Board president concerned about notice to parents and how time will be utilized.
A desire for more information and better communication meant that the Nicolet School Board did not vote Monday on whether to add a 40-minute "resource" period to the high school day. The goal of this period, according to Curriculum and Instruction Advisor Lisa Elliott, is to give students the opportunity to work directly with teachers and not have to give up extra-curricular time. To create this 40-minute block, Elliot proposed lengthening the school day 14 minutes and shortening classes by four minutes. School would then begin at 7:20 a.m. instead of 7:23 a.m., and end at 2:34 p.m. instead of 2:30 p.m. Every other Wednesday would remain early release days. School Board President Marilyn Franklin said the board is "concerned about what …
Monday, January 23, 2012
School Board will consider new program at tonight's 7 p.m. meeting.
The Nicolet School Board will take a look at a new program that proposes to extend the school day and shorten classes to accommodate a daily 40-minute resource time. More information on the program will be presented to the full School Board at tonight's 7 p.m. meeting in the Community Room. Nicolet's new curriculum and instruction adviser, Lisa Elliot, was met with opposition when students, teachers and parents questioned the benefit of that resource time at the January curriculum meeting. "Personally, I think it's absolutely ridiculous," Cullen Billhartz, a student at Nicolet said. "I believe it's going to hurt more people than it helps." To create this 40-minute block of time, Elliot proposed lengthening the school day by a total of 14 …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Fox Point-Bayside District Administrator Rachel Boechler gets new two-year contract even though some parents call for her resignation after controversy in Wauwatosa.
After listening to passionate comments from residents for more than an hour and then deliberating another hour, the Fox Point-Bayside School Board decided Monday night to retain Rachel Boechler as district administrator. The vote to extend Boechler's contract for two more years came after parents called on her to resign following a newspaper article that said she failed to report an affair between a student and teacher when she was a counselor in Wauwatosa in the early 1990s. “In this age of Penn State, the Catholic church, I just cannot imagine in Fox Point-Bayside School we have a leader of the entire school that did not protect a minor when that individual needed to be protected,” Tad Walter, a father of two students in the district …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Melody Halstrom will be on the April ballot, but says she will not take position if elected.
Melody Halstrom, 777 W. Dean Rd., announced Thursday that she is no longer running for a Nicolet School Board seat in the April 3 election. She said fellow candidate, Libby Gutterman, has many of the same goals and opinions that Halstrom does, so there's really no need for her to run for the board. "It would be a redundancy," Halstrom said. "I'm not running." School Board President Marilyn Franklin said that it's not possible to remove Halstrom's name from the April ballot. However, Halstrom says that if she is elected, she simply won't take the seat. "The three names will appear on the ballot and whoever gets the top two votes will be the winner," Franklin said. Franklin has turned in papers for re-election and newcomer Libby Gutterman …
Friday, June 3, 2011
Network operations guru says it's time for a technological upgrade.
The Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Board is taking a look at upgrading to wireless internet, and potentially iPads. Craig Terlau handles the network operations at Maple Dale and has saved the school from a few digital disasters. He says it might be time to consider a technological expansion. “There’s an increasing request for wireless because of new mobile devices like phones or laptops," Terlau said. “We’ve been doing case-by-case installations for certain rooms or areas, but I’ve been researching building-wide wireless internet at Maple Dale.” Terlau has already introduced two new technologies to the district. Surveillance cameras record daily activities like a common household DVR and can be viewed by administrators online. The Fox …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Nicolet School Board members hope district can continue - and possibly expand - academic support program.
The $10 million referendum approved in April for Nicolet High School has alleviated some of the district's fiscal concerns, however, administrators and School Board members are still scrutinizing how money is being spent. And as they look at the numbers, board members say they are hopeful the Advancement Via Individual Determination program (AVID) can be preserved in this time of tight budgets. AVID serves 57 students by providing academic support, including tutoring, and helping them prepare for college. But the issue is always the money. Even with the referendum's passage, School Board President Marilyn Franklin reminded everyone at Monday's board meeting that it's not a free-for-all and the budget is still a balancing act. "One of the …
Monday, March 28, 2011
Despite objections by district, candidate Andrew Cegielski says using logo is a matter of free speech.
Nicolet School Board candidate Andrew Cegielski is refusing a request by district officials to take down campaign signs that showcase the high school logo. District Administrator Rick Monroe said having campaign materials with the school's logo can be confusing and could lead some to believe that Nicolet is endorsing Cegielski, one of three candidates running for two seats on the board in the April 5 election. School Board members Kelly Herda and Marilyn Franklin first addressed Cegielski at a special board meeting last week, advising him that he cannot use the school's logo. Monroe then sent him a letter that made the same point. Monroe told him to remove all signs with the logo by Monday. However, Cegielski sent out a reply Monday …