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News & Notes: Oct. 16

Oct. 16, 2013

Enrollment down at

Maple Dale-Indian Hill

Fox Point — District enrollment at Maple Dale-Indian Hill is down 15 students from last year, according to an enrollment summary presented by administrators at a School Board meeting Tuesday.

Only two of the 15 fewer students were inside the district, which is a silver lining, said Business Manager Gary Swalve.

He said the effect will be minimal on the current year, since state funding is in part based on a three-year rolling average of student enrollment, but the effect will more pronounced in the future.

Maple Dale-Indian Hill

addressing homework issue

Fox Point — Administrators and teachers will rethink student workloads after garnering feedback about fifth-grade homework levels.

A recent survey of fifth-grade parents found a nearly 50/50 split between those who said the amount of homework was appropriate and those who did not. Many of the parents commenting in the survey said the homework was too much, with some reporting several hours a night for their child.

At a School Board meeting Tuesday, Superintendent Mary Dean said a good target is about an hour of homework at the fifth-grade level.

The district will work to reduce overall workloads, she said.

"Bottom line is we shouldn't be overwhelming our students with homework," said Dean, adding of assignments, "Anything that is not quality will not be wasting (students') time. We're after quality, not quantity."

Some parents were also concerned about how difficult it is to keep track of assigned homework using information available online. Dean said district staff will revamp the website where parents and students can view nightly assignments, bringing them all under "one link."

One Crypto case

confirmed in last week

The North Shore Health Department on Tuesday announced one new confirmed case of Cryptosporidiosis, bringing to an end a seven-day streak without a new case.

It brought the total to 20 confirmed Crypto cases in the last month. Like earlier cases, the sufferer was exposed to "recreational water facilities" in September.

While the Crypto outbreak has slowed significantly since September, NSHD Director Jamie Berg said North Shore residents need to remain diligent about sanitary precautions and handwashing.

"Diseases, infections are always around us," said Berg. "We can't eliminate them, but we can reduce the risk."

NSFD receives

budget award

The Government Finance Offficers Association, headquartered in Washington, D.C., has given a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the North Shore Fire Department for the presentation of its 2013 budget.

According to an NSFD news release, the award is the result of a two-year project that has involved staff at all levels and improved NSFD's inernal budgeting process.

"Even more important than the award, though, is the fact that our budget is now presented in a format that provides increased transparency about the organization's activities and how our funds are spent for the taxpayers," Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said in the release.

Final cleanup

day is close

Bayside — Bayside's final cleanup day is scheduled for Oct. 26.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Department of Community and Utility Services parking lot, located behind Village Hall, staff will be on hand to handle electronics, latex paint, scrap metal, light bulbs, print cartridges, documents for shredding, mattresses, bicycles, Goodwill donations, Habitat for Humanity donations. Prescription drugs can be turned in at the Police Department.

The cleanup program, meant to ensure proper recycling and disposal and to keep harmful materials out of the water supply, requires residents to bring three non-perishable food items for the Hunger Task Force or a monetary donation for the American Red Cross.

The event is for Bayside residents only.

Bay high school

honored by DPI

Whitefish Bay — Whitefish Bay High School is among 167 schools statewide which received Title I School of Recognition honors from the state Department of Instruction.

State Superintendent Tony Evers praised the schools for their high achievement.

"Partnership among teachers, parents, administrators, school staff members, and the community contribute to the academic success of students in schools that receive this honor," Evers said at an Oct. 8 ceremony in Madison.

Whitefish Bay was honored as a high-achieving school in the 2013-14 school year. Only seven other schools statewide earned this honor.

"We are proud of our students, teachers and other staff members and our parents community high expectaions and support for learning and student success," said Interim Superintendent Laura Myrah in a district press release.

North Shore Health Department

holding walk-in flu clinics

The North Shore Health Department will hold three walk-in clinics in October for seasonal flu vaccinations.

Vaccinations will be offered in shot and nasal mist form, at a cost from $30 to $35, depending on the type. The department takes cash or check payments, and will submit claims to Medicare for participants of Original Medicare Part B.

Due to a policy change by the Wisconsin Immunization Program, NSHD will no longer provide vaccine through the federal Vaccine for Children program to children whose insurance covers immunizations. VFC-eligible children can still get a vaccination from the department at a cost of $5, depending on availability.

The walk-in clinics are scheduled for:

· 3:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the North Shore Library, 6800 North Port Washington Road in Glendale

· 9-11 a.m. Oct. 19 at the Shorewood Village Center, 3920 North Murray Avenue

· 9-11 a.m. Oct. 26 at Brown Deer Village Hall, 4800 West Green Brook Drive

Those who have questions or can't attend the clinics can call NSHD at (414) 371-2980.

Residents reminded

to take village survey

Shorewood — Special Projects Coordinator Peter Cahill reminds residents to participate in the online village survey by going to http://tinyurl.com/Shorewood-Survey.

The survey, which covers topics like taxes, services, and parking, concludes Oct. 18.

Residents may use public computers at the village library and Village Hall. There are also paper copies available at the library and Village Hall.

"The survey is an important guide for village officials as they adopt policies to meet the needs of residents going forward," wrote Cahill in a statement. "The survey will be a major component of the Vision Plan project, which is beginning in earnest this month."

Survey results will be presented to the Village Board in November.

Common Council begins

reviewing Glendale's 2014 budget

Glendale — Members of the Glendale Common Council are beginning a line-item review of the city's overall budget.

Officials held a brief budget review session Monday and anticipate going into further detail at subsequent meetings.

At the council's next meeting Oct. 28, officials will meet with Police Chief Thomas Czarnyszka and Director of City Services Dave Eastman.

At the following meeting, set for Nov. 11, residents will have a formal opportunity to weigh in during a public hearing. The council could adopt the budget that same evening.

As with most Wisconsin municipalities, Glendale's 2014 budget is being built around a flat levy increase — a provision mandated by the state.

City to impose overnight

parking restriction along Daphne Road

Glendale — Overnight parking is being prohibited along portions of West Daphne Road, following passage of an ordinance Monday by the Glendale Common Council.

Parking will not be allowed between 2 and 6 a.m. along Daphne, from North Port Washington Road to North Kent Avenue.

Volunteers sought

for yard clean up day

Shorewood — Volunteers are needed for the sixth annual Shorewood Connects yard Clean-Up Day, which connects volunteers with older and disabled adults who need help preparing their yards for winter.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 2. Volunteers are asked to rake leaves, clean out garden beds, trim hedges and empty homes.

Older and disabled adults looking for help can contact Elizabeth Price at (414) 847-2727 or src@villageof

shorewood.org.

Volunteers are asked to register by Oct. 25 by contacting Michelle Boehm at (414) 698-4369 or michelle.boehm

@sbcglobal.net.

Leaf collection begins Monday in Bayside

Bayside — Loose leaf collections begin Oct. 14 and runs through Dec. 5 in the village of Bayside. A collection calendar on the village website shows the schedule of when village workers will be collecting leaves from each quadrant of the village.

Village officials remind residents to set leaves curbside, out of the ditch and off the road. Leaves do not need to be bagged, but bagging does speed up collection. Leaves should be put in one pile per property. Open burning is prohibited.

Board member salaries

remain unchanged

Brown Deer — Brown Deer residents during the annual meeting Tuesday voted to keep School Board member salaries the same.

Board members are paid $3,100 annually.

District makes Forbes list of 'best bang for buck'

Whitefish Bay — According to a Sept. 26 article on forbes.com, the Whitefish Bay School District is the 17th best "school for your housing buck" in the nation.

The article ranks top-performing districts nationwide where the median home price was less than double the national median.

The Forbes article mentions a Milwaukee Magazine feature which last year ranked Whitefish Bay High School as the best school in southeastern Wisconsin.

Glen Hills lauded for energy efficiency

Glendale — Glen Hills Middle School, originally built in 1971, was recently recognized for the many changes that have dramatically increased the energy efficiency of the building over the years.

An award will be presented at the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance's 10th annual Sustainable Energy Efficiency Conference, on Friday at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Features of the school recognized are: extensive commissioning performed over the years; a 26-point increase in its ENERGY STAR rating to its present value of 92; student-geared waste reduction and recycling programs; maintenance of landscaping and grass turf fields without the use of irrigation; and a LEED Gold award issued in April 2013.

Mequon-Thiensville among best bang for buck

Mequon — A Sept. 26 article on forbes.com ranks the Mequon-Thiensville School District as third in the nation on its "best schools for your housing buck" list.

The article ranks top-performing districts nationwide where the median home price was less than double the national median.

"We are so proud of our teachers, students and community members," Superintendent Demond Means said in a district news release. "They are the reason Mequon-Thiensville School District is recognized as the best in the state and nation."

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