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June 17, 2013


Budget adopted for Annual Meeting

Hamilton School Board members adopted a final budget that will be presented at the district’s July 15 Annual Meeting. The 2013-14 budget is $50.09 million, which is a 1.92 percent increase from the current year. The tax rate is expected to drop from this year’s rate of $10.40 to $10.30 per $1,000 of equalized property value. School officials recently learned that Waukesha County property values are expected to inch up slightly, which brings down the mill rate. In addition, the district expects to receive $21.1 million in state aid which is an increase of $647,834 from 2012-13.

2014 Summer Opportunities dates set

Summer Opportunities 2013 classes have not yet started, but the School Board approved 2014 dates so that they could be included in the 2013-14 Community Calendar. The 19-day program will be in session June 23-July 18, with July 4 off in celebration of the national holiday.

Art students recognized

Hamilton School Board members recognized high school art students who were regional Scholastic Art Award recipients. Constance Dowden and Courtney Lehmann were on hand to receive their certificates from the School Board.


(From left) Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., presented certificates to Constance Dowden and Courtney Lehmann.

Hamilton art teachers Ellen Acuff and Pamela Mierow described the students’ accomplishment. In addition to winning a gold at the regional level, Dowden’s work went on to earn a gold medal at nationals, the first time in the school’s history. Others who were regional award-winners, but unable to attend the School Board meeting were: Maya Pechenova, Cassandra Metzger, Taylor Burns, Frances Weiss, Lindsey Paquette and Zachery Smith.

Personnel business from June 17

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • Accepted resignation of Leigh Ann Gabbard as a Maple Avenue special services paraprofessional;
  • Appointed Ellen Acuff from part-time to full-time high school art teacher, Diana Hoffman as a Marcy replacement kindergarten teacher, Jody Richter as a 40 percent Marcy Early Reading Empowerment teacher, Kayla Wojciechowski as a Templeton eighth grade teacher, Stephanie Werry as a Templeton eighth grade teacher and Devon Hauser as a 30 percent Marcy physical education teacher;
  • Approved pay rate increases for: casual custodians, at 2 percent; driver education coordinator, 1.9 percent; summer school paraprofessional, 1.5 percent; and summer school substitute administrative assistant, 1 percent. The pay rate did not increase for all other non-group positions, including diagnostician, driver education teacher, fitness center assistant, hall monitors, substitute hall monitor, supervisor greeter, playground noon hour employee, food service substitute, hearing interpreter, program support, seasonal employees, summer school administrative assistant, and teacher substitutes.