News – April 12, 2016

Horicon, Mayville Disagreeing On Consolidation Issues


4/12/16 – There are a number of issues Horicon and Mayville’s school districts need to work through prior to July’s deadline to vote on whether to put a consolidation question on the November ballot.  While the boards have agreed the high schools would merge, they have not decided if a combined middle school would be grades six through eight or just seven and eight.  If both the middle and high schools merge, they still need to figure out which buildings will be used.  Six of the ten board members at Monday night’s meeting are in favor of housing both districts high school students in the current Mayville High School and putting the middle schoolers in the Horicon High School building.  The other four members want more information before making a final decision.  Mayville School Board Member Shannon Wild believes it makes fiscal sense to put the high schoolers in Mayville since it would cost less to renovate that building to hit both districts’ 9-12 than it would Horicon’s building.  Horicon Board Member Eric Krause-Emerick says he is open to the high school in either city but wants to make sure whichever city does not get the high school gets the middle school.  He wants both cities to house a relatively equal number of students.  Roughly $37,000,000 worth of upgrades would need to be spent on the two high school buildings so they could accommodate more students.  That would add roughly $360 per year onto the tax bill of a $150,000 home.  The joint board also discussed naming the new district and is brainstorming ways to involve the communities in the process.  They did decide on a nine member school board for the new district, with representation based on each municipality’s population.   Mayville initially approached Horicon about consolidating last year since both districts are facing projected budget deficits within the next few years. The next consolidation meeting is set for April 28 in Horicon.


Beaver Dam School Board Hired Business Director


4/12/16 – The Beaver Dam School Board Monday night approved the hiring of a new Director of Business Services. Anne-Marie Woznicki will start May 2 in the position that oversees the district’s financial matters including budget development. Woznicki is currently working as a Budget Staffing Analyst for the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). In that position, she manages all aspects of personnel budget building and analysis for the district and its 4,100 employees. Woznicki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the UW-Madison, a Juris Doctor degree from Marquette Law School and a State of Wisconsin School Business Management license from the UW-Whitewater. She replaces Bob Avery who had been with the district since 2012.


Beaver Dam Ratifies Contract With Teachers Union


4/12/16 – The Beaver Dam School Board Monday night approved a contract with the teachers union. Superintendent Steve Vessey says the contract ratified with the Beaver Dam Education Association allows for a point-six-two-percent (.12%) increase. The passage of Act 10 virtually eliminated collective bargaining but allows for negotiations that do not exceed the annual cost-of-living increase, which is point-one-two-percent. The contract is for the 2016-2017 school year.


Outgoing Columbus School Board Member Looks Back


4/12/16 – Monday night was a first for a regular Columbus School Board meeting at City Hall. The board said hello to the new location in council chambers as they said goodbye to a long time board member and a long time teacher. Twelve-year board member Liz O’Donnell served at her final meeting. O’Donnell says that the primary Board emphasis during her terms was “student learning.”  Meanwhile, board member Mike O’Brien paid tribute to 42-year veteran Sharon Bradish, the high school world language teacher. O’Brien says the school will miss the services of the resigning Spanish teacher. Newly-elected Julia Hofmann will be seated at the next board meeting.


Presentation Tonight On Beaver Dam Mayors


4/12/16 – There will be a free presentation tonight on the history of the mayors of the city of Beaver Dam.  As part of Beaver Dam’s yearlong 175th anniversary celebration, a book documenting the history of all 44 of the city’s mayors was assembled by current Mayor Tom Kennedy with help from local historian Roger Noll. Both Kennedy and Noll will be at the presentation which begins at 6pm at the Watermark Community and Senior Center. The Chamber of Commerce is selling copies of the book for $15 and they will also be available tonight.


Trump Likes Walker As Running Mate


4/12/16 – After bashing Scott Walker in Wisconsin two weeks ago, Donald Trump now says the Republican governor could be his running mate if he wins the G-O-P nomination. But Walker says he cannot “fathom” the idea. Trump tells U-S-A Today that Walker, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and Ohio Governor John Kasich are all on his list of possible vice-presidential running mates. Trump says he likes Walker “in a lot of ways” — and Trump admitted that he “hit him very hard” when he criticized Wisconsin’s economy and job picture during an appearance in Janesville last month. After a bill-signing ceremony in Madison yesterday (Monday), Walker said he could not imagine being Trump’s running mate — but he would not say whether he could be the vice-presidential choice for Ted Cruz, who won the state’s G-O-P primary after Walker endorsed him.


Schimel Mulling Going To Supreme Court For Right-To-Work


4/12/16 – State Attorney General Brad Schimel says he might go directly to the Supreme Court to try and bring back Wisconsin’s right-to-work law. Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust threw out the one-year-old measure last Friday, saying the government is taking away union revenues without compensating them for it. Foust is expected to finalize his order in the next few days — and then Schimel says he might bypass the state’s Court of Appeals and take the case directly to the justices. The right-to-work law prohibits employees from having to pay union dues, starting with their next labor contracts. Foust ruled in favor of the state’s A-F-L C-I-O, which challenged the law in court, and Schimel says might ask the courts to keep the law in place during what could be a long appeal process.


Dodge County DA Running For Re-Election


4/12/16 – Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg is running for a third term.  Klomberg made the announcement in a press release Monday.  He has spent six years as Dodge County’s D-A and has been a criminal prosecutor in Wisconsin for 14 years.


Judges Still Sending Juveniles To Lincoln Hills


4/12/16 – Problems at the state’s juvenile facility have not stopped Milwaukee judges from sending convicted teens there at the same rate as before. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Swanson said during a panel discussion Monday the courts have no other choice — and they’re now sending teen convicts to Lincoln Hills knowing that in Swanson’s words, “the services are completely inadequate.” Federal officials are investigating alleged abuses of young offenders and possible civil rights violations at Lincoln Hills. That’s after two facility directors and a state corrections’ official resigned since late last year, when the allegations first went public. Swanson says Milwaukee County needs its own residential programming facility for troubled teens — but there are not enough options for it.


Beaver Dam Man Going To Jail For Break-In


4/12/16 – A Beaver Dam man will spend five months in jail for breaking into a pair of Randolph homes in 2013.  20-year-old Cody Anderson pled no contest to a felony Burglary count in March.  Cash and a digital camera were taken from the first house in October 2013, and a second break-in was attempted two weeks later.  Anderson will avoid prison time if he stays out of trouble during four years on probation, completes a treatment program, and passes all random drug tests.  His alleged co-conspirator, 23-year-old Dylan Turner, is due back in court April 27.


Screech Is Out Of Jail


4/12/16 – “Screech” is a free man, after being let out of jail one month early. Comedian Dustin Diamond of Port Washington, who played “Screech” in the T-V show “Saved By the Bell,” was released yesterday (Monday) afternoon from the Ozaukee County Jail. That’s after he washed clothes and cleaned floors as part of a Jail Porter Program in which he took one-day off his sentence for every 24 hours he worked. That gave him 30 days of early release, after the 39-year-old Diamond was sentenced to four months in jail for disorderly conduct. He was convicted of stabbing a man in the underarm during a tavern fight on Christmas Night of 2014.