Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Only one of seven board members argued to keep Hillside Elementary School open, although some members said they would consider a plan to keep it open by creating multi-age classrooms.
A majority of the Elmbrook School Board on Tuesday supported closing Hillside Elementary, but two members said they would mull over a former board president's proposal that might save as much money by creating multi-age elementary school classrooms. Hillside families, however, saw little hope for a last-minute save, as only one School Board member fought to keep the school open. And several board members said if anything, maybe a school closure and multi-age classrooms should be pursued. VIDEO: Patch editor talks about school closing on FOX6 Board member Bob Ziegler — the sole member rallying to keep all six elementary schools open — grew increasingly frustrated at his colleagues' lack of support in delaying a planned Oct. 25 board vote on…
Monday, October 10, 2011
The week ahead also features some key prep sport matchups, a new romantic comedy at the Sunset Playhouse and debate about the 2012 city budget.
Brookfield Patch offers a glimpse into the next week's news and events. To see or upload more events, see our events listings. Close an elementary school or schools? After getting feedback at two community informational meetings, the Elmbrook School Board meeting plans to try to come to a resolution at its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, specially held in the Brookfield Central High School cafeteria, 16900 W. Gebhardt Rd. After discussion Tuesday, the board might take a final vote at its Oct. 25 meeting. Disposing of Calhoun Road properties: The city Public Works Committee will discuss what it should do with two Calhoun Road homes it purchased last year to settle a lawsuit over the road widening project's closure of two residential driveways. …
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Also up this week: the Blessing of the Animals at St. John Vianney, Imperial Park development discussion and a wine tasting.
Brookfield Patch offers a glimpse into the next week's news and events. To see or upload more events, see our events listings.
Monday, September 26, 2011
But a parent's motion to increase the proposed school tax levy by $1.5 million to keep Hillside open was ruled out of order.
In an attempt to keep Hillside Elementary School open, two district residents Monday tried to add $1.5 million to the proposed school property tax levy but were ruled out of order. Resident Julie Doyle said the extra $1.5 million would "cover operating expenses of Hillside Elementary, thereby preventing its closure." Chuck Bloom seconded her motion. But another resident pointed out — and Superintendent Matt Gibson agreed — that the tax levy for the 2011-12 district budget discussed Monday night includes full funding for Hillside's operation this year. Elm Grove Village Manager Dave DeAngelis, who served as the annual meeting's parliamentarian, said the motion was not germaine and could not be voted upon. Gibson added the proposed tax levy …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Tonawanda in Elm Grove would remain open under a recommendation the Board will take to two community meetings to get feedback before final vote in October.
With difficulty getting board majority support, the Elmbrook School Board recommended Tuesday that the district close one elementary school at the end of the year — Hillside. Board members will ask community members at two upcoming meetings to offer feedback on closing Hillside before members vote on any school closure in late October. Those meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Brookfield East High School and 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Brookfield Central High School. The recommendation would save Tonawanda Elementary School in Elm Grove from closure. But two board members supported closing it and one warned if enrollment continued to decline and budget pressures persist, it could be closed in the future. Tuesday's meeting was packed with an…
Sunday, September 11, 2011
The Elmbrook School Board might make a final elementary school closure recommendation Tuesday.
Brookfield Patch offers a glimpse of what's happening in local news and events this week: School closure recommendation: Close Hillside Elementary School, Tonawanda Elementary or both next fall? The Elmbrook School Board hopes to chose one recommendation at its 6 p.m. meeting at the district's central administrative offices, 13780 Hope St. Board documents on the issue are here. The recommendation will be presented to the community at two yet-to-be-scheduled information meetings, and a final vote could be taken by the School Board in October. Select new alderman: The city's Legislative and Licensing Committee will interview the two applicants for an aldermanic seat — Lisa Mellone and Thomas Schellinger — at 8 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, …
Saturday, August 20, 2011
The final full week of summer before school starts for many also includes a library program on China and office hours for state Sen. Rich Zipperer.
Parents are getting excited and children are realizing the end of summer is near. So what are you going to do the last full week before school starts for many on Sept. 1? Here's a glimpse into what's happening in Brookfield events and news this week: Elementary school closure discussion: The Elmbrook School Board might narrow which school closure options should be presented for community input at September listening sessions. The board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the central administrative offices, 13780 Hope St. All politics is local: Offer your take on state politics or get assistance as state Sen. Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee) holds district office hours at Brookfield. He'll be at Town Hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday and then head to the city …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
The boundaries establishing which elementary schools feed into which middle and high schools would need to be changed if Swanson or Burleigh were closed.
The Elmbrook School Board added more school closure options Wednesday but plans to narrow them to present two or three top choices for community consideration in September. The board might whittle the list at its Aug. 23 meeting at the district administration building, 13780 Hope St. One father urged the board to keep all six district elementary schools open, while other parents said there must be other ways to close projected budget deficits. Board President Tom Gehl said recent state changes have decreased Elmbrook's projected five-year deficit from $16 million to about $11 million. Despite the savings Elmbrook will receive from the state's collective bargaining and health and pension contribution changes, however, another state budget …
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Hillside and Tonawanda Elementary schools continue to weigh heavily in potential school closure debate.
The Elmbrook School District could close two of its six elementary schools, save about $2.6 million per year and still have enough building space to educate its projected 10-year resident enrollment plus some open enrollment students, a new report says. But the report emphasized its authors were not making a recommendation that Elmbrook close two elementary schools. Rather, the report says its goal is "to establish a cost baseline defined by the minimum elementary school building capacity required to educate resident only Elmbrook students." Elmbrook needs to operate a minimum of four elementary schools to serve its future enrollment, the report says. "It was concluded that a four-school configuration providing a 19 'section' capability …