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February 16, 2009

Board OKs new athletic training contract
Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin will provide athletic training services to the district. The School Board approved a three-year contract at a cost of $8,000 per year for on-site services after school, on Saturdays and at games. The contract with Community Memorial Hospital, which previously provided the services, is set to expire this year and it did not submit a bid to continue as a provider.

Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen M. Cooke, Ph.D., said she will write a letter of appreciation to Community Memorial for its years of service.

Next Steps Network created for job-seekers
An employment network to assist community members who are unemployed will begin March 4 thanks to the coordination of the Valuing Diversity Committee. Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., reported on the details of the network formed in response to the economic crisis that has resulted in many job losses.

The Next Steps Network, fashioned after one in Mequon, will meet Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Pauline Haass Public Library so that individuals can share information about their skills, talents and positions desired. Rather than providing counseling, the network is intended to share information about job opportunities.. Educational Service Director John Roubik will be one of the volunteers who will facilitate the meetings on a rotating basis.

“We know that there are many parents and other community members who have lost their jobs,” Cooke said. “This is a way to help give back to the community.”

The library will provide computers, resume template and other resources to assist individuals with job searches. Local employers and the chamber of commerce may use the network to find future employees.

Cooperating Churches of Sussex, Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce, Village of Sussex, Pauline Haass Public Library, Sussex Area Outreach Services, Hamilton School District and other community organizations comprise the Valuing Diversity Committee.

Future students to be part of study
Future Hamilton School District students who have yet to be born will be part of the largest long-term study of children’s health ever conducted in the U.S. School Board members Deborah Briggs and Lynn Kristensen reported on the National Children’s Study (NCS) which will look into the effects of the environment on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the country.

Waukesha was the single county in Wisconsin chosen to participate, and Menomonee Falls and Sussex are among the 17 neighborhoods where recruiting will occur beginning in the summer. Women who are pregnant or become pregnant in the next five years will be asked to enroll in the study.

NCS Community Liaison Katie Miller will speak to parents at the March district Parent Officers’ Meeting about the study.