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May 1, 2012

Elementary construction projects move ahead

With bids coming within projections, the Hamilton School Board approved moving ahead with Woodside and Marcy elementary school additions to ease crowding. The board approved in January getting bids for the two projects which includes a five-classroom addition and multi-purpose gym space at Woodside and a six-classroom addition and expansion to create a multi-purpose area for teaching, individual and small-group services at Marcy. Both schools would provide additional restrooms to meet municipal codes.

Each project was expected to cost about $2 million. Under the two-year plan, one portion of funding will come from the maintenance budget, which typically funds year-end capital improvements such as roofing and asphalt projects or HVAC equipment replacement.  In addition, about $1 million will be taken from the district’s fund balance each year.

Templeton technology education recognized

Applied engineering and technology teacher Shannon Flaherty described Templeton Middle School’s technology education program that was awarded the Wisconsin Technology Education Association (WTEA) Middle School Program of the Year. Three of his students joined him in demonstrating the technology skills employed as part of the school’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based program.

Flaherty said he is proud that Templeton has significantly increased the rigor of the program while attracting more students. Enrollment in the eighth grade elective course increased from 43 students in 2006 to 118 student last year.

The School Board presented Flaherty with a certificate for his leadership in transforming Templeton’s technology and engineering program, taking it from a traditional industrial arts to a modern STEM-based curriculum

The students showed School Board members the video game they created based on “Guitar Hero.” 

Contracts for trainers and soda approved

The School Board approved two contracts – one for athletic trainer services and another for soda.

At no cost to the district, Froedtert Health Medical Group/Community Memorial Hospital will provide athletic training services at Hamilton and Templeton through 2016.

Coca-Cola was chosen over Pepsi to supply soft drinks and water for the next five years. Both offered the same cost for consumer to purchase the soft drinks, but Coke did not require a minimum number of cases sold and provided greater up-front fixed contribution.

Officers chosen

The School Board did not change any positions as it elected officers for the coming year. Remaining in the president position is Gabe Kolesari, vice president is Jim Long, treasurer is Mike Hyland and Dawn VanAacken is clerk.

High school career opportunities highlighted

Hamilton High School associate Principal and Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator Pete Ferge presented three items to the School Board. 2012-13 participation in the Consortium for the Carl Perkins Grant and Waukesha County School-to-Work consortium were approved. Carl Perkins provides the district with grant funding that supports career and technical education. The amount will be $12,545 for the coming year which is down $182 from current funding. The School-to-Work Consortium also provides grant funding that supports co-op, youth apprenticeship, work experience programs and career-related initiatives.

The district’s Extended Learning Opportunities annual report – highlighting the district’s co-op work experiences, school-to-work partnerships, transcripted credit agreements with Waukesha County Technical College and other opportunities that prepare student for the work world – was accepted. Ferge pointed to the Career Healthcare Academy, Manufacturing and Career Expo, Robotics and Reality Check project as highly successful experiences for Hamilton students.

Personnel business

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignation of Woodside associate kitchen employee Catherine Schmidt, effective April 27;
  • appointed Heidi Consiglio as Special Services executive assistant effective May 1, Kelly Lam and Nick Brengosz as Hamilton mathematics teachers effective  Aug. 23, and Christopher Kersten as Hamilton applied engineering and technology teacher effective Aug. 23;
  • modified contracts of Lannon and Woodside technology integration resource teacher Elizabeth Flehmer from 100 to 60 percent and Woodside speech pathologist Kris Truelove from 100 to 90 percent, both beginning next school year.;
  • approved sending final nonrenewal notices to 13 teachers for the 2012-13 school year, a normal process completed each year for limited-term replacement contracts or due to staffing needs based on student course selection; and
  • approved extending the employee assistance program contract with National Insurances Services, a benefit for employees provided free of charge by the district’s long-term disability carrier.