News – March 1, 2016

Horicon, Mayville School Boards Discuss Facility Options


3/1/16 – Administrators in the Horicon and Mayville school districts have been tasked with reviewing their respective high school facilities and determining what, if anything would be needed to house part of a consolidated district.  At a joint meeting last night, Horicon and Mayville’s school boards discussed eight scenarios of how both districts’ buildings could be used if they merge.  Three were eliminated because the board wants ninth graders to be in the same building as grades ten through 12.  A couple others were put on the back burner because they involve either building a new high school or putting grades seven through 12 in one facility.  While the boards came to a consensus on merging grades nine through 12, there were mixed opinions on doing the same with six through eight.  Mayville Middle School Principle John Schlender is in favor of merging grades six through eight to provide more elective classes for the students and to allow staff to specialize in one or two courses.  Horicon Superintendent Gary Berger says consolidation discussions started with only the high school, which is why he believes some Mayville board members voiced opposition last night to combining the middle schools as well.  With both districts facing projected budget deficits, Mayville approached Horicon last year about consolidating.  District administrators will report back on the buildings evaluation at an April meeting.  Both school boards would have to approve the consolidation by July for the item to appear on November’s ballot.


Waupun Schools Advisory Committee Reviews Upgrade Costs


3/1/16 – There is a clearer picture of what a referendum in the Waupun School District this fall might look like. A Facilities Advisory Committee – made up of members of the community, elected officials and administrators – got an overview last night of conceptual building options campus-wide and preliminary cost estimates. Superintendent Tonya Gubin says they are looking at around $30-million in possible improvements beginning in 2018; that’s when debt from the high school will be retired, resulting in a zero-increase tax impact. The committee last night reviewed a list of possible improvements for each campus.


One of the bigger questions that needs to be answered is whether or not the sixth grade should stay in the current Rock River Intermediated School that serves second through sixth grade, or move to the Junior/Senior High School. Keeping the sixth grade at Rock River while expanding the cafeteria and renovating classrooms, the library and office carries a price-tag of $4.5-million. However, the majority of the committee seemed to favor keeping the sixth grade at Rock River but switching places with the cafeteria at a cost of $7.1-million. By a narrow margin, upgrades to the high school totaling $16.1-million was preferred. Among other things that would include an 800-seat auditorium, an addition for a fitness center, and renovation for expansion of tech ed and agriculture programs. For another $4-million dollars, the high school campus would get a new competitive track, tennis courts, 500-seat soccer complex and practice fields. Bringing the sixth grade to the high school would add another $7-million dollars. SAGES school would see a new library and remodeling for $4.6-million or a completely new building for $10.1-million.  At Meadowview, which is for the youngest students, the committee seemed to favor a $6.3-million dollar plan that would create a special education and 4-K space, relocate the main office, remodel the existing gym as flexible space and build a new gymnasium on the west side of the building. A plan to add a gym to the east side would cost $200-thousand dollars more.


While the input from last night will not specifically be used to draft the referendum, it will be evaluated and reassembled into a community-wide survey that will be sent out this spring. The results from last night will be presented at the Advisory Committee’s next meeting in two weeks.


Litscher Starts New DOC Job


3/1/16 – A Wisconsin corrections’ secretary has started his new post, as a long-running probe continues into alleged abuses at the Lincoln Hills youth facility. Jon Litscher is also the president of the Beaver Dam Common Council. Governor Scott Walker named Litscher in February to replace Ed Wall, who stepped down as the Justice Department investigation at the Lincoln County lock-up is into its second year. Wall has transferred to the justice agency as its lead of criminal investigations. But he’ll be on paid leave, making 108-thousand dollars per year while the Lincoln Hills probe continues for possibly up to 12 more months.


Two Injured, Three Arrested For OWI After Motorcycle Crash


3/1/16 – Two people were taken to the hospital after a two-motorcycle crash in the Town of Rubicon Sunday night.  According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, 29-year-old Nicholas Kadinger of Juneau was riding his motorcycle west bound on Grant Road near Highway P when he struck the parked motorcycle of 29-year-old Jeremy Strehlow of Juneau.  Neither was wearing a helmet, and both men were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Kadinger and Strehlow were arrested for driving impaired as was another nearby motorcyclist who was not involved in the crash, 39-year-old Troy Emmrich of rural Juneau.


Bond Set For Wayland Teacher Accused Of Assaulting Student


3/1/16 – Bond was set at $1,000 yesterday for a Mayville man who taught at the Wayland Academy that is accused of having inappropriate relations with a student.  Adam Hechimovich is facing one felony count of Sexually Assaulting a Child.  The 23-year-old allegedly had sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy a number of times on campus between October and December 2015.  If he is found guilty, Hechimovich faces up to six years in prison.  His preliminary hearing is March 17.


Cash Bond Set For Beaver Dam Man Accused Of Identity Theft


3/1/16 – Cash bond was set at $5,000 yesterday for a Beaver Dam man accused of stealing from his sister.  Joshua Yungen is facing four counts of felony Identity Theft and one misdemeanor Drug charge.  The 25-year-old allegedly took his sister’s debit card multiple times last month (Feb) to make purchases and withdrawals.  Yungen reportedly had drug paraphernalia on him when officers made the arrest.  If he is guilty on all counts, Yungen faces over 24 years in prison.  A preliminary hearing is set for March 10.


Dodge County Races, Candidates Now Detailed Online


3/1/16 – All the Dodge County races and candidates for the April 5 general election are now online. Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson says the complete list is now posted to the county website, where you can click on “Election Races and Candidates” under the Spring Election tab.


Walker Signs Bill Targeting Democratic Candidate


3/1/16 – Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill that prohibits a county executive from serving in the Wisconsin Legislature at the same time. Senate G-O-P Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald introduced the bill, saying it’s wrong for a top elected official to collect two paychecks — and the Juneau Republican admits going after Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, who’s running as a Democrat for an open Senate seat. Harris says the bill is aimed at him. It was among 46 measures the Republican Walker signed yesterday (Monday) — including bills allowing libraries to give users’ names to collection agencies to recover overdue fines, creating new statewide limits on where sex offenders can live, and letting landlords evict tenants for criminal activity in their units.