Evers nominates 5 for Blue Ribbon Schools awards

Nov. 30, 2012 5:47 p.m. | State Superintendent Tony Evers nominated the following five schools for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program: 

  • Country Meadows Elementary School (Muskego-Norway School District)
  • Grafton Elementary School (Grafton School District)
  • Kohler High School (Kohler School District)
  • Ridgeway Elementary School (Dodgeville School District)
  • Suamico Elementary School (Howard-Suamico School District)

The program recognizes overall academic excellence or progress in improving student achievement with an award in one of two categories -- "Exemplary High-Performing" and "Exemplary Improving."

Exemplary High-Performing Schools are in the top 15% for performance levels on the state’s reading and mathematics assessments. Exemplary Improving Schools have at least 40% of students from disadvantaged backgrounds that have made the most progress in improving student achievement on state assessments.

Both categories require that disaggregated results for student subgroups, including students from disadvantaged backgrounds, show improvement similar to that of all students.

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Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year

Nov. 28, 2012 11:39 a.m. | Brookfield East's Alec James has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year for 2012 after leading his team to a school-record 10 victories and a trip to the third round of the WIAA playoffs.

James, who also is the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Player of the Year, will play on scholarship next season at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Wauwatosa West's Matt Good was named the NOW Coach of the Year.

You can see the complete team, player bios, a timeline of All-Suburban history and more at the 2012 All-Suburban Football Team page.

Veteran New Berlin School District employees will receive one-time payments

Nov. 28, 2012 8:44 a.m. | Many New Berlin School District employees will receive a one-time payment outside of the collective bargaining process, the New Berlin School Board decided Monday.

The board approved a 1.64 percent increase for the 2011-12 school year and a 1.86 percent increase for the current 2012-13 school year. Those who will receive the payment are current teachers, specialists, librarians, psychologists, counselors, therapists and special education paraprofessionals who worked for the district before this year. Payments are expected to be made early in 2013.

Board member Art Marquardt called the one-time payment an important way-station as the district works on a full compensation redesign. The compensation plan will be designed to recruit, retain and reward employees, and will form the basis of future compensation decisions.

While that redesign is in progress, the board wants to show the staff how it values and appreciates employees, board President David Maxey said.

The staff works hard and the board wants to recognize that, said board member Tom David, who also noted that it will help them keep up with the cost of living.

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Waukesha County Fair


It might be hot out there, but interns Maddy Heim and McKenna Oxenden are enjoying all aspects of the Waukesha County Fair. Check out their coverage of the new pig, duck and goat races, the 50th annual Fairest of the Fair contest, as well as their ranking of the top food items.

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