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News & Notes: July 24

July 24, 2013

Senior living

facility plans updated

Shorewood — The Shorewood Plan Commission on Tuesday heard an update on preliminary plans for Harbor Retirement Associates' proposed senior living facility on Capitol Drive at the village's western edge.

This was the second Plan Commission meeting where HRA presented a preliminary site plan for a combined 96-unit assisted living and memory-care facility. Last week, commissioners cited concerns over parking and details of a new roadway that will be constructed along the bluff. The preliminary design was adjusted to show parking shifted to the side of the development, as opposed to immediately in front of the complex. The path directly along the west side of the street was updated to create a barrier between large vehicles and the bluff.

The Plan Commission also took issue with service entry to a loading dock because it blended in with a public street. That was cleared up by the developer so there is a clear distinction between the public road verses a private service drive, Planning and Zoning Administrator Ericka Lang said.

The Plan Commission will vote on a conditional use permit for the project in August.

Budget makes room

for new staff, technology

Brown Deer — Thanks in part to a surprising amount of state aid, the preliminary budget approved by the Brown Deer School Board on Tuesday includes pay raises, new staff and technology upgrades.

Due to the combination of increased state aid and thriftiness last year by the board and administration, the district can afford to fund two student intervention positions, as well as districtwide Wi-Fi, Ipads or Google Chromebooks for each teacher and computers in every classroom, without raising taxes beyond what is needed to pay off referendum construction.

A significant new expense in the budget comes from an influx of special education students from the Bradley Crossing Supportive Housing Community, which was opened in late-2012. The eight special education students bring a new expense of about $153,000, said Business Manager Emily Koczela.

Now that an expansion of Bradley Crossing has been approved by the Village Board, Koczela expects another influx of special education students for the 2014-15 school year.

She said increases in the state-mandated revenue limit and state aid allow the district to absorb the added costs this year.

Brown Deer hosts

Night Out for Justice

Brown Deer — Village officials and the police department will be holding their annual Night Out for Justice from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Village Park, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive.

This annual event gives residents a chance to meet and speak with community leaders, police officers, North Shore firefighters and others including spending some time with canine officer Vader and Officer Josh Morgan from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition, both parents and children will be able to learn more about safety at home and school.

Food will be available at "family friendly prices" from Larry's Market and the Village Pond will have extended hours — from 5 to 8 p.m. There are special games and events for children and the Flight for Life helicopter will be on site from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Something new this year is live music with the appearance of Little Blues Machine Band from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m. the film "Brave" will be shown and popcorn will be provided.

Prostitution ordinance strengthened to nab johns

Glendale — The Common Council on Monday approved an addition to the city escort ordinance that makes it illegal to solicit prostitutes.

City Attorney John Fuchs said a previous ordinance adopted by the city, which penalizes those caught patronizing prostitutes, really only works in a prostitute's place of business. The new ordinance allows the city to fine anyone attempting to solicit a prostitute, no matter the location — allowing police to fine offenders at city hotels.

"This allows you to go after the person looking for (a prostitute)," Fuchs said, "commonly referred to as a 'john.'"

Public hearing set

for Hilton rezoning

Glendale — The Common Council will hold an Aug. 26 public hearing over the proposed rezoning of the Riverfront Hilton property on North Port Washington Road.

The China Education and Research Network has submitted plans for re-purposing the hotel into a international school for Chinese natives. On July 9 the Plan Commission recommended denial of CERNET's request.

The council will take up the recommendation at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at City Hall.

Brown Deer High School Principal Piatt resigns

Brown Deer — Nine-year High School Principal Jim Piatt has resigned his post and will soon be taking over as president of Messmer Catholic Schools.

The School Board on Tuesday approved Piatt's resignation, which is effective Aug. 20.

"I'm proud to have been in Brown Deer and grateful for my nine years," Piatt said. "I believe in what Brown Deer's about and appreciate my time here."

The district will soon release information on its plan and timeline for finding a replacement.

District expects to hire SHS principal soon

Shorewood — This week the Shorewood School District begins the process of reviewing 49 applicants for the Shorewood High School principal position.

In a hiring update to the School Board on Tuesday, Superintendent Martin Lexmond said the district is still finalizing the interview panel, which will include district principals, administrators and teachers, as well as parents and other community members.

The panel likely will be larger than the 16 members initially planned, Lexmond said. He noted that there has been a deliberate effort to include some new voices in the process, which board members said they appreciated.

Once candidates have been selected for interviews, the panel will be divided into two and each candidate will be interviewed by each panel, Lexmond said. Finalists will participate in community input sessions, tentatively planned for next week, with a recommendation planned to be made to the board on Aug. 6, and a contract presented for board approval Aug. 13.

District renews

contract with K12 Insight

Shorewood — The Shorewood School District will utilize survey services provided by K12 Insight to help with the process of developing school growth plans, specifically with regard to the goal of building community, this school year.

The School Board on Tuesday approved a one-year contract with K12 Insight in the amount of $15,000. This follows a three-year contract with the company, whose services were previously utilized for other district initiatives such as review of the World Languages program.

Superintendent Martin Lexmond said the value of the service is in the analysis and recommendations the company provides to the district based upon survey responses. However, Lexmond said that after this school year the district will be making an effort to move away from outsourcing its surveying, and determine how it can handle such efforts internally.

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