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March 7, 2000

Hamilton High School students will have an opportunity to participate in hockey next year, thanks to a cooperative agreement with the Menomonee Falls School District, but the costs will be high for participants.

Hamilton School Board members went along with Athletic & Activities Director Mike Gosz’s recommendation to accept an invitation from Menomonee Falls to participate in its hockey program. The board agreed to allow Hamilton students to participate, but district funds will not support the program. Students and their families would be responsible for the more than $700 participation fee along with expectations for fundraising throughout the year, according to Gosz.

Gosz said about 12 students indicated interest in participating in the sport for the 2000-2001 season. He said the majority of students interested were not out for winter sports and some were not involved in any athletic activities.

“I see this as a positive way to involve students who may not be involved now,” Gosz said. “I wouldn’t recommend this if I felt it would hurt other (athletic) programs.”

Practice and home ice would be the Kettle Moraine Ice Center in West Bend. Practices would be conducted four times weekly with two practices on ice and two off ice. The team would compete in the Greater Metro Conference and play a 20-game schedule.

Hamilton students participating in the hockey program would be subject to Menomonee Falls’ cocurricular code.

Lannon students of first grade teachers Jennifer Larson and Lisa Lawson displayed their artwork and read their reports to School Board members and administrators. Principal Richard Ladd explained how the classroom teachers worked with art teacher Derek Bettenhausen and writing resource teacher Elizabeth Flehmer to integrate the project using an animal theme. Students worked with older buddy classes to conduct research. School Board members applauded the students and teachers for their accomplishments. Later, School Board members said they would like to have more opportunities to see student demonstrations at their meetings.

As School Board members discussed ways to improve internal board operations, President Gerald Schmitz suggested the possibility of televising meetings over cable. More than 10 years ago, School Board meetings were televised on the local cable access station. The practice was discontinued because only two of the district’s six municipalities have access to the district’s educational cable channel. School staff members and parents are working with cable company and municipal officials to reach more communities. Schmitz said he would like to revisit the idea of cablecasting board meetings if the district educational channel is expanded to other communities.

In personnel business, the School Board appointed Kari Collyard as a Templeton Middle School aide for 4.5 hours each day.