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December 18, 2006

Detachment request tabled
School Board members tabled discussion and action on a request from a developer who wants a 1.52-acre parcel detached from the Hamilton to the Elmbrook School District. Brad Wilson, developer of Bradon Preserve, located directly adjacent to Lisbon Road, requested the detachment so that the 27-lot subdivision being developed would be served by only one school district.

The Village of Menomonee Falls recently permitted detachment of the same parcel after the City of Brookfield agreed to pay Menomonee Falls for some of the future tax revenue loss. Before the meeting, Wilson distributed a letter offering the district $5,000 to compensate for future revenue to the district.

Hamilton School Board members voted to table discussion and action to the next meeting so that it could negotiate the matter in a closed session.

District presented Community Betterment award
Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., reported that the Menomonee Falls Community Chamber of Commerce presented its Community Betterment Award to the Hamilton School District Dec. 12 at the 2006 Chamber Awards Banquet. In addition to the award from the Chamber, Cooke showed the Legislative citation that state representatives gave the district.

The award was given to the district because of its enhancement of the community through its vision and public services. It identified the Hamilton Fine Arts Center which has had a positive impact on people of all ages in the community. The Legislative citation concluded that “the Hamilton School District has proved to be a valued member of our community through its dedication to and active support of the families in our area.”

Enrollment, staffing studied
School Board members took a look at enrollment projections and heard how many additional staff members might be needed for the 2007-08 school year. Enrollment from September to December increased by five students this year from 4,324 to 4,329. Educational Services Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz predicted student enrollment would increase by another 75 students next fall.

Administrators recommended that the School Board consider up to three full-time equivalency (FTE) positions for anticipated enrollment growth at the middle and high school next year. They also suggested budgeting two FTEs as contingency positions for elementary schools and special education needs. If all the positions are needed, the added costs could be $400,000.

A half-time position to assist in administration at Woodside was also proposed.
School Board members did not take action on any of the administrative proposals. They will take up the recommendations in the next several months as they develop the 2007-08 budget that they will approve in May and present to taxpayers at the Annual Meeting in June.

Hamilton student fees compared
Hamilton’s student participation fees are on the “low end of average” compared to the going rates charged at 24 area school districts, according to Buildings and Grounds and Finance Committee Chairman Michael Hyland. A chart showed comparison of fees that districts charge families including general school fees and those charged for drivers’ education, athletics, technology, clubs and activities and parking. Hyland said the district will continue to monitor the fees.

“The Finance Committee is comfortable with where we are at with our fee schedule,” he said.

Templeton Course Catalog approved
Templeton Middle School’s Course Catalog was approved. The catalog included revisions such the name change from technology education courses to technology and engineering. Course revisions include:

  • fitness education that reflect fitness skill development grades 6-8, participation in lifelong sports, teamwork, cooperation and healthy lifestyle choices;
  • technology and engineering focus on pre-engineering, computer design, automation, electronics and other components of Project Lead the Way; and
  • eighth grade family and consumer education curriculum that emphasizes nutrition, personal finance, teamwork and cooperation, and community service.

Personnel matters decided
In personnel matters, the School Board:
Accepted the retirement request of Templeton paraprofessional Carolyn Mrozinski; and
Appointed Keith Griebler as Hamilton custodian.