News & Notes: Aug. 28

Aug. 28, 2013

District still seeking to fill business manager slot

Shorewood — The Shorewood School District hopes to make a hiring recommendation for its business manager position in the near future.

Superintendent Martin Lexmond on Tuesday provided the School Board with an update on the hiring process for the position, which is now being filled on an interim basis by Erik Kass.

He said the district is looking into the possibility of recruiting a business manager from another district as part of its search, which also will involve reconvening the hiring committee. Lexmond said he hopes to have a name to the board within the next couple weeks.

Fire marshal gives green

light to new building

Brown Deer — The Brown Deer School District is putting the finishing touches on its buildings and the fire marshal gave them the green light for occupancy this week, according to a construction update to the School Board on Tuesday.

The remodeled Brown Deer Middle School that will be home to K4 through sixth grade and the new middle/high school for the 2013-14 school year are ready just in time for a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday at the elementary school and Thursday at the high school. Dean Elementary will be purged during the week of Sept. 9, followed by four weeks of abatement. In mid-October, crews will begin to take down that building.

Knights of Columbus

honored by School Board

Brown Deer — The Brown Deer School Board on Tuesday thanked and honored the Knights of Columbus with a certificate for giving their annual donation to the School District.

Bob Moranski with the Knights of Columbus accepted the honor and said that as long as he is a Knight, he will see that donations are made to the district.

"It's an honor to see the good things happening in Brown Deer," Moranski told the School Board.

School Board approves

hiring slew of new employees

Brown Deer — The Brown Deer School Board on Tuesday approved the hiring of a slew of new employees.

The new hires are as follows: Judy Button, elementary school paraprofessional; Linda Cram, part-time ecology/environmental sciences teacher; Nicole Dake, educational interpreter; Sara Ford, math intervention specialist; Brittney Garcia, elementary paraprofessional; William Gartzke, elementary paraprofessional; Tim Hayden, high school cross categorical teacher; Scott Henderson, elementary cross categorical teacher; Cheryl Lewis, third-grade teacher; Heather Morgan, elementary paraprofessional; Yuepend Soung, high school science teacher; Catherine Troyer, part-time elementary music teacher; and Renee Wallschlaeger, high school English and reading teacher.

Superintendent Deb Kerr said they succeeded in hiring diverse staff to better match diversity among the students. Among the new hires were Hmong, Hispanic, African-American and Asian educators. The School Board commended these efforts.

Brown Deer plans to take

new budgeting approach

Brown Deer — Village staff and officials will be honing in on the top priorities for Brown Deer as the village prepares to shift its approach to budgeting.

In a presentation to the Village Board last week, Village Manager Michael Hall explained that the commonly used incremental budgeting approach is better replaced by priority-based budgeting during times of flat or declining revenue.

The philosophy of priority-based budgeting, according to Hall's presentation, is that resources should be allocated according to how effectively a program or service achieves the goals and objectives of the community. The shift to this approach will require the board to identify its most important strategic priorities, rank programs or services with how well they align with those priorities and then allocate funding accordingly.

The transition will take time, Hall noted, and it is likely that the village's 2014 budget planning will focus strictly on the aspects of identifying available resources and priorities. Some of the priorities mentioned by board members on Monday included focusing on the economic development and marketing of the village, and addressing blighted properties and property maintenance, including possible development of a code enforcement department.

Hall also outlined some of his 2014 budget-related goals for the village, including being more transparent, efficient and creative, and presented six main village priorities, taking into consideration the village's comprehensive plan, as follows: community and neighborhood livability, culture and recreation, economic health, high-performing government, safe community and transportation.

Priorities will be further discussed and determined by the board in the future, with the priority-based budgeting steps to be implemented gradually.

Nominations being accepted for award

Brown Deer — Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Touching Lives award, presented by Horizon Home Care & Hospice, a nonprofit licensed, full service home care agency and hospice provider. The award honors those individuals who've made a lasting impact on improving the lives of others through their efforts.

Visit for a nomination form or contact Kelly Andrew at or call (414) 586-6268. Nominations are due by Sept. 6.

Board considers creating

rummage sale ordinance

Brown Deer — Brown Deer is planning to create an ordinance regulating rummage and yard sales, to help address the issue of groups and residents from other communities holding sales within the village.

Trustee Terry Boschert brought the issue to the Village Board last week after recently observing a rummage sale being held in Brown Deer by an organization based in another community.

Village Attorney John Fuchs said he did not recommend requiring licenses or registration fees for rummage sales, but suggested an ordinance that would be complaint-based and would specify regulations for the frequency and hours of rummage sales, for example.

Police Chief Steven Rinzel said the village does encounter problems with rummagers who have continual sales on their properties, and described the regulations currently in place to deal with the issue as being incredibly time consuming, which could be resolved with an ordinance.

Fuchs said he would provide examples of similar ordinances in place in other communities and work with the board to draft a suitable ordinance for the village.

Horizon Home Care

expands Ozaukee unit

Mequon — Horizon Home Care & Hospice's renovated and expanded in-patient hospice unit at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee reopened Aug. 8.

The expansion was made possible through a $1 million gift from the Lawlis Family Fund through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The renovated unit reopened as the Lawlis Family Hospice.

The renovation included expanding the size of each of the unit's 14 patient rooms by nearly 40 square feet, adding natural light to family/gathering spaces and creating nature views and outdoor space with the addition of a patio overlooking the nearby prairie. New amenities include a luxury shower room, refrigerators in each patient room and WIFI access. Overall the project added 400 square feet to the three year-old hospice unit, bringing the total space to 13,400 square feet. Construction was managed by C.G. Schmidt.

Thiensville's estimated

population dips slightly

Thiensville — The Thiensville Village Board last week approved the Wisconsin Department of Administration's estimated population figure of 3,223 for 2013.

The number represents a slight decrease from prior years. In the official 2010 Census, 3,235 people were recorded as having lived in the village.

A year ago, the village attempted unsuccessfully to challenge the DOA. The state agency reported 3,228 people lived in Thiensville, but village officials asked for the number to be reconsidered since there were a number of families moving into the community.

Village to discuss handling

library's financial reporting

Thiensville — The Thiensville Village Board is expected to discuss a proposal to oversee financial reporting at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library at an upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting.

The village has recently been approached about handling the administrative task on behalf of the Library Board overseeing the Mequon-based Weyenberg facility, which serves Mequon and Thiensville residents.

Board members had varied viewpoints during a brief discussion at a meeting last week. Many had concerns a community the size of Thiensville, with limited staffing, would be able to handle the task.


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