News & Notes: Feb. 14

Feb. 14, 2012

Franklin School District holds facilities plan workshops

Franklin - The Franklin Public School District will hold two workshops on its facilities plans.

The meetings will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Green Room of Franklin High School, 8222 S. 51st St., and March 19 in the cafeteria of Forest Park Middle School, 8225 W. Forest Park St.

Residents should note that the workshops build upon each other, meaning input and direction gathered at the February workshop will directly impact information presented for further discussion in March.

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Kinetic Co. needs space, buys warehouse in village

Greendale - The Kinetic Co., 6775 W. Loomis Road, has purchased a 15,000-square-foot warehouse at 6951 Industrial Loop for an undisclosed amount.

President Joseph Masters said the warehouse was needed as new machinery was making the Loomis Road location tight.

"The walls are bursting out," said Masters.

He said Kinetic could have built new, but that would be more costly and take too much time. "We needed space now," he said.

The company, which manufactures industrial knives, started in 1948 and employs about 100. The warehouse purchase will not create any jobs, Masters said.

Oak Creek High sets date for conferences

Oak Creek - Oak Creek High School will hold its annual parent teacher conferences from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 1.

Teachers will be in their classrooms, and no appointments are needed. Counselors will also be available for conference that night.

Child care will provided, if needed, in Room 153.

Franklin Public Library celebrates 10th anniversary

Franklin - The Franklin Public Library, 9151 W. Loomis Road, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a $100-per-person dinner April 28 at the Tuckaway Country Club.

In preparation of the gala, auction items and cash donations are needed, proceeds of which will benefit the library foundation and could be used to expand the children's and young adult areas and increase computer access by offering more laptops.

Since the doors of the library opened a decade ago, circulation has increased from 269,549 items in 2001 to 514,163 last year, with the library used by many outside the city, making it a net lender in the Milwaukee County Federated Library System.

As a net lender, the library receives payments from the system, and Foundation Director Dennis McKnight estimated that, over the past 10 years, Franklin's library would receive a total of $750,000.

No date for the fundraising dinner has been set yet, but those who want to contribute should contact McKnight at (414) 421-7974.

Wenzler appointed to disciplinary committee

Oak Creek - James C. Wenzler was appointed to serve a three-year term on the District 2 Office of Lawyer Regulation Lawyer Disciplinary Committee.

District committees investigate possible misconduct or medical incapacity of an attorney under the supervision of the director of the Office of Lawyer Regulation.

Wenzler, the manager of human resources for Patrick Cudahy LLC in Cudahy, currently serves as the secretary of the Wisconsin State Auctioneer Board. He is an Oak Creek resident and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin.

OCHS cheerleaders take plunge for Special Olympics

Oak Creek - Oak Creek High School's cheerleaders will participate in Freezin' for a Reason - a polar plunge to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin - at noon March 3 at the McKinley Marina in Milwaukee.

Sixteen varsity cheerleaders will take the plunge and hope to raise $1,600 for the organization.

This event was chosen in honor of Oak Creek's special needs cheer squad, the Oak Creek Sparkles.

To donate to the Oak Creek Chill-Leaders, as the group is called, contact team members for instructions on how to donate online.

Eco-friendly changes save Greendale schools money

Greendale - The Greendale School District has implemented several eco-friendly changes over the last few years that have resulted in saving more than $200,000 per year.

Total energy costs have fallen from $813,848 in 2006 to $592,073 in 2010.

In recognition of these results, Director of Business Erin Green has been asked to present at the Green Schools National Conference in Denver, Colo., at the end of February on the district's energy savings, current green efforts and successes.

Some of the changes the district has made include installing solar water heating, new heating plants and digital controls; forming a green team of students, staff and community members; creating two school gardens to grow produce and use for curriculum; and organizing an annual green expo with around 40 exhibitors.

In 2011, Greendale Schools was also recognized with the Environmental Protection Agency's National IAQ Tools for Schools Excellence Award in Washington, D.C., for leading the way in identifying, resolving and preventing indoor air quality problems. The Greendale School District was one of eight districts nationwide to receive the award.

Reconstruction of Drexel continues through November

Oak Creek - The city will continue with the reconstruction of West Drexel Avenue from South 27th Street to the Interstate 94 overpass through November.

The project will be done concurrently with the state Department of Transportation's construction of the Drexel interchange as part of the I-94 reconstruction project, to begin this spring.

Oak Creek's work involves reconstructing the two-lane asphalt roadway to a concrete four-lane divided boulevard with additional turn lanes. The project limits will be closed to through traffic, but properties along West Drexel Avenue and South 20th Street will have access maintained throughout the duration of the project.

Greendale DPW, police auctioning off items

Greendale - The Greendale Police Department and Department of Public Works will be placing surplus vehicles and equipment up for auction on the Wisconsin Surplus Auction website,

At this time, two vehicles, a 2008 and a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria squad car, both with more than 100,000 miles, are among the items being auctioned off. Items can be inspected by appointment.

Franklin High students offering two preschool sessions

Franklin - Franklin High School Child Development II students will hold a preschool session for children ages 3½ to 5 years old.

The sessions will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 1-4, 7, 8 and 10 and again from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 10, 14, 16 and 18. The cost of the first session is $25 and the second, $15.


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