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Friday, March 29, 2013

Plan Commission Meets Monday, April 1, 2013

NOTICE The regular meeting of the Evansville Plan Commission will be held on the date and time stated below at City Hall (Third Floor), 31 South Madison Street, Evansville, Wisconsin. Notice is further given that members of the City Council might be in attendance. City of Evansville Plan Commission Regular Meeting Monday, April 1, 2013, 6:00 p.m. City Hall (Third Floor), 31 South Madison Street AGENDA 1. Call to Order 2. Roll Call 3. Approval of Agenda 4. Approval of Minutes: Motion to waive the reading of the minutes from the March 4, 2013 regular meeting and approve them as printed 5. Civility Reminder 6. Citizen appearances other than agenda items listed 7. New Business a. Parking lot expansion site plan review for parcel number 6-27-316.84 (Grove Retreat) i. Initial staff comments ii. Plan Commissioner questions and comments iii. Motion regarding site plan review b. Discussion on location for cabinetry business c. City of Evansville Park and Outdoor Recreation Plan status update d. Building addition site plan review for parcel number 6-27-669 (Bluescope Buildings) i. Initial staff comments ii. Plan Commissioner questions and comments iii. Motion regarding site plan review 8. Monthly Reports a. Report on other permitting activity by Zoning Administrator b. Report on the Unified Land Development Code Committee c. Report of the Evansville Historic Preservation Commission d. Report on Common Council actions relating to Plan Commission recommendations e. Report on Board of Appeals actions relating to zoning matters f. Enforcement Report 9. Next Meeting: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 6 p.m. 10. Motion to Adjourn Mayor Sandra J. Decker, Plan Commission Chair Requests for persons with disabilities who need assistance to participate in this meeting should be made to the Clerk’s office by calling 882-2266 with as much advance notice as possible. Please turn off all cell phones while the meeting is in session. Thank you.

Mailbag: Progressives: Volunteer

APRIL 2 PRESS CONFERENCE PUBLICIZING ALL ABOUT CITIZENS UNITED CONFERENCE The Oregon Area Progressives and South Central Wisconsin Move to Amend are holding a press conference in the Senate Parlor of the Wisconsin State Capitol at 10:00 a.m. on Election Day, April 2, to bring attention to the Citizens United ruling and publicize the All About Citizens United forum we are co-sponsoring on April 13 at BTCI. We would love your presence and voice at the press conference. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ON APRIL 2ND FOR GREEN COUNTY MTA EFFORTS Getting the Money Out of Politics We need help to collect petition signatures in Monroe and Belleville to get a resolution on the ballot that says Corporations are not people and Money is not free speech. A few volunteers working in shifts, should be able to collect all the signatures necessary at the polls on April 2nd. You do not need to live in the municipality to collect signatures there. Belleville - Contact Tim Sager 608-335-4051 email TRSager@gmail.com Monroe - Contact Amy Sloan 608-359-1027 email Asloan@tds.net SUNDAY, APRIL 7, WAUNAKEE PRESENTATION/DISCUSSION FEATURING SCWMTA CO-CHAIR SIERRA POPE Grass Roots Organization of Waunakee—GROW is hosting a one-hour presentation/discussion on why we need a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, what the strategy is to get that done, and what people in Wisconsin can do now.

Hate Bank of America? Join the crowd

Hate Bank of America? Join the crowd

Nostalgia: History: 2007:Hammann Speaks on 1/2 Day

Melissa Hammann speaks on half day Kindergarten to Evansville Community School District


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"Why state high-court justice is critical election" by Opinion Matters -- GazetteXtra

"Why state high-court justice is critical election" by Opinion Matters -- GazetteXtra

Evansville Observer: Digital technology changing education, classrooms ...

Evansville Observer: Digital technology changing education, classrooms ...: Digital technology changing education, classrooms -- GazetteXtra

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Nostalgia: 2007: EHS Band: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"

July 4, 2007---- EHS Marching Band and Color Guard rock the crowd with "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"

School Scoop:Real Coffee Forum was pretty well attended!

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Brodhead school referendum asks for $2.4 million over three years -- GazetteXtra

Brodhead school referendum asks for $2.4 million over three years -- GazetteXtra

"Wis. drops to 44th in private-sector job creation" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Wis. drops to 44th in private-sector job creation" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

[Shared Post] The love affair between W.E.A.C. and the Evansville Athletic Association.

chasinthenews posted: "It is absolutely amazing that administration would this last week came  to the school board wanting to add another COACH.    The administration wants to add an assistant girls softball coach. They are asking to add another coach without making any kind"

Evansville Observer: "School Issues That Count" by Melissa Hammann now ...

Evansville Observer: "School Issues That Count" by Melissa Hammann now ...: Now you can preview her complete book written in 2008---all online. Classic school issues from Evansville, Wisconsin. Click on the post and...

Nostalgia: 2010: Classic Melissa Hammann: School Scoop: The Elephant in the Room...

School Scoop: The Elephant in the Room...: Well, I sat through two hours of data review and application in the district, but nobody ever addressed the Elephant in the room. The TRIS a...

Evansville Observer: School Scoop: What's at stake in this election?

Evansville Observer: School Scoop: What's at stake in this election?: School Scoop: What's at stake in this election? : There are so many critical issues at stake throughout the state in this election. The ...

Evansville Observer Endorses Melissa Hammann for Evansville School Board--Vote April 2

Having served a term on the School Board previously, Melissa has the Experience. She has covered the School Board as a Reporter for the Evansville Review. She has written a book titled, "School Issues that Count" in 2008 that covered many of the issues that our schools still face. She brings an educated analytical mind to the Evansville School Board at a time when it is very much needed. She has shown the courage to speak up and ask the right questions. Simply "google" her name or search on The Observer for video and audio recordings of her presentations. She has been transparent with her views. Send a signal that wisdom, experience, honesty and financial competence count. Vote Melissa Hammann for Evansville School Board on April 2.

"Sen. Vinehout wants sand-mining limits" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Sen. Vinehout wants sand-mining limits" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Evansville Observer: Mailbag: Bill Connors and Joan Sorteberg write and...

Evansville Observer: Mailbag: Bill Connors and Joan Sorteberg write and...: We encourage residents of the Evansville Community School District to vote for Melissa Hammann for School Board. No one will work as hard a...

Mailbag; Wireman: Progressive Voting Details:

So make sure you’ve got a plan to vote for Ed Fallone and Tony Evers. You can still vote early at your municipal clerk’s office until this Friday. Visit https://myvote.wi.gov/ to find out where, when and how to cast your vote. Don’t worry if you’re not registered to vote, or if you’ve moved since the last election. You can still register right at your polling place – even on election day. April 2. Make your plan to vote today: Visit https://myvote.wi.govFrom Dems. We are supporting Ed Fallone for state Supreme Court and Tony Evers for state Superintendent, and here’s why you should too: Ed Fallone knows that all Wisconsin families deserve equal access to justice, and will fight for a level playing field so that working families have as much access as moneyed special interests. Tony Evers stood up for Wisconsin's kids and working families, fighting back against a devastating $1.6 billion cut in state funding for education. Over the past 36 years as an educator, administrator, parent, and statewide leader, Tony has been there for us. The April 2nd elections are important – and Scott Walker’s Republicans know it. They’ll be out voting in full force so we can’t afford to have anyone sit this one out. So make sure you’ve got a plan to vote for Ed Fallone and Tony Evers. You can still vote early at your municipal clerk’s office until this Friday. Visit https://myvote.wi.gov/ to find out where, when and how to cast your vote. Don’t worry if you’re not registered to vote, or if you’ve moved since the last election. You can still register right at your polling place – even on election day. Make your plan to vote today: Visit https://myvote.wi.gov

Mailbag; Creekside--the Next 10 Days

Wisconsin English Words Wednesday March 27 If you’ve lived in Wisconsin “from little on” or even if you’ve been here for only a short time, you’re probably aware that the words and ways of Wisconsinites can be unique. If, for example, you go to church suppers and Friday-night fish fries, play sheepshead, borrow your friend money to buy bakery, drink from a bubbler instead of from a drinking fountain, or have ever budged in line, you know you’re from Wisconsin. Luanne Von Schneidemesser and Julie Plier will discuss how the various ethnic and cultural groups which settled Wisconsin have influenced and enriched the language of Wisconsin, exemplifying with words and phrases used in Wisconsin English. They will show how language continues to develop and change with examples of more recent terms taken into our language. Luanne von Schneidemesser is Senior Editor/Distinguished Scientist at the UW-Madison for the Dictionary of American Regional English, where she has been on staff since 1978. Julie Plier received a BA in French from Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin. She spent seven years working at Scott Foresman editing the Thorndike Barnhart series of student dictionaries. Easter Egg Coloring Friday March 29 Drop in anytime between 1:30-3:30 Small children must be accompanied by an adult. Kids, come and color your Easter eggs at Creekside Place. No mess at home! Color 6 hard boiled eggs with dye, bring your own ideas or try some of ours! Members: $3 Guests: $4 Advanced registration required Family Bingo Night 6:30-8 March 29& April 26 Kids, bring your parents and grandparents and see who wins the most prizes! Cost: $3.00 per person (includes tax) Election Day is April 2 There are two state-wide races on the ballot and Evansville residents will pick alders and School Board members. Contact Shirley at 882-0407 to contribute baked goods for our Election Day Bake sale. Woodchucks Meeting April 9 at 3 pm Formed in 2008, the Woodchucks have become a go-to group for civic, educational, and home repair needs involving woodworking. The group initially provided a social outlet for middle-aged and older men in the community which has otherwise been unmatched in participation and enthusiasm. More recently, women too have joined the Woodchucks and become active in the shop. The group meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3:00 PM at Creekside Place, Inc. 102 Maple St. Evansville WI. The Woodchucks’ dedication to several projects in the community has provided positive exposure for their efforts. The most recent project was the construction of 15 squirrel houses for the Dane County Humane Society's wildlife rehabilitation program. Through its membership and the group’s service work, the Woodchucks have made positive contributions to hundreds of local residents and dozens of local businesses and organizations. Come to the Woodchuck meeting at 3 pm on April 9 to learn, socialize, and find out more about this hobby group. Van Galder Tour and Travel Night April 9 at 6:30 pm We have rescheduled this popular program from the snowy night of February 26. Please join us as Kim Dooley of Van Galder Tour and Travel will be in to talk about the opportunities for bus touring in 2013. Join us for this fun and informative session and start making plans to see the USA now. Jim Brooks Program Coordinator Creekside Place, Inc 608-882-0407

"What is YOUR Ticket?"

Years ago kids could enjoy their youth and then on graduation they could just go down to Janesville and apply to work at the booming GM plant---and presto they could enjoy a fun life of cars, snowmobiles, houses...and all the good things...no college education needed, and no other education needed either..it was mostly train on the job...what could be better. What faces Rock County youth now? What job prospects? With the same attitude as in paragraph one, when the youngster goes afar to apply for a job, with no skills and no education....that person is woefully unprepared to compete. Things have changed...Education matters now...skills matter now..and the competition for students has come in the public school market...not private school market...as public schools compete in Open Enrollment and the schools with the most resources and best plan win.

Water and Light Meets TODAY--Garfield Repair on docket

NOTICE A meeting of the Public Works and Water & Light Committees for the City of Evansville will be held at the time and place listed below. Notice is further given that the combined committees constitute a quorum of the Common Council and that other members of the Council might be in attendance. Public Works and Water & Light Committees Special Joint Meeting Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Public Works Building, 535 S. Madison St., Evansville, Wisconsin 6:00 p.m. AGENDA 1. Roll call. 2. Motion to approve agenda as printed. 3. Motion to award contract for 2013 Garfield Avenue Street & Utility Project to R&K & Sons Construction, including all alternate bid items and supplemental bid items. 4. Motion to adjourn.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Nostalgia; 2011: Evansville's Wietecha seeks new challenge -- GazetteXtra

Evansville's Wietecha seeks new challenge -- GazetteXtra

Nostalgia: Audio: 2008: Cantors St. Paul's: Palm Sunday 2010

Audio; Cantors of St. Paul's; Palm Sunday: 2010: Unplugged guitar:


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" You are never too old to Begin"--the story of Fr. Erbe

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 "You are Never Too Old to Begin"--Memories of Fr. Erbe Eight years ago, Fr. Erbe was still the pastor of St. Paul's Church. It was a "donut Sunday" which meant that after Mass everyone gathered in the lower level to have coffee and donuts and chat.My mother-in-law, Alyce Hector, was visiting and we were celebrating her 72nd birthday. When Fr. Erbe came over to our table. I introduced him to Alyce and then asked her to "tell him the news. " "Well," Alyce said, " I just bought my first computer, and I am having all sorts of fun with it." Turning to Fr. Erbe, I said, "Do you know what that means for you?" "No," he replied, "What?" "Well," I said, "You are next." Fr. Erbe was 70 at that time, and did admit that he had been thinking of getting a computer. Two weeks later I got the call. " Come quick." "I just got the computer and need help pronto," Fr. Erbe said. When I got to the rectory, I went to the upper study, where it looked like Christmas Eve, with boxes all over, with wrapping paper and manuals everywhere. I had been in the computer business, owing a used computer store, and I recognized that Fr. Erbe had bought "The Works". He had even bought the typing voice recognition program. He had been a salesman's dream. I cleared a path thru the paper and sat down at the computer desk, and said," I think we're a little late for reading manuals, so lets just plunge in." I installed the browser and opened up Yahoo. Then, as Fr. Erbe sat next to me, I tried to think of a way to explain it all simply. "Well, all of good and evil is here on the browser line. Just type in what you want, and presto it appears. Like magic. Where should we begin?" "The Tablet," he replied. I typed it in and hit search. It is a British religious weekly paper covering events of the Catholic Church all over the world. After it popped up and he read a little, he was very, very excited. "Wow," he said, "This is going to save me a lot of money on subscriptions." Then he proceeded to show me a list of 20 other magazines or books that he had an interest in. I was stunned. Fr. Erbe had the range of interests and reading habits of a 30yr old. Over the next two years, at Mass he would just say "See me" at communion and I knew that some technical consult was required. I was always amazed at the people around the world that he had met online and the books that he explored. "You are never too old to begin, " he would say. Few folks know that after Fr. Erbe left Evansville, he began seeing patients at St. Mary's Hospital in his power wheelchair. Speeding in the halls and bringing his message of cheer to patients and families. The spirit of Fr. Erbe lives on in Evansville. You are never too old to begin. Posted by Evansville Observer at 12:03 PM Posted by Evansville Observer at 7:09 AM

"A few thoughts on teacher contracts" by Opinion Matters -- GazetteXtra

"A few thoughts on teacher contracts" by Opinion Matters -- GazetteXtra

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Lawmaker’s proposal aims to halt sweetening of state worker pensions : Wsj

Lawmaker’s proposal aims to halt sweetening of state worker pensions : Wsj

"April 2 election takes dramatic turn" by Opinion Matters -- GazetteXtra

"April 2 election takes dramatic turn" by Opinion Matters -- GazetteXtra

Memories: The Shamrock Shuffle 2013

Last Sunday...our family ran the Shamrock Shuffle, or more precisely, Sue and Amy ran....Molly and I cheered from the sidelines...there was the usual pre-race drama--no parking spots available...cash only for the ramps..a rush to get registered...a record number of racers...all in all it was a wonderful rush... But after the race...after all the anxiety of whether one could finish...there was the rush of the finish on a sunny day in Madison...and the line at the Sunprint Cafe, right across from the Brat and Brau...but with a vegetarian menu....and as I sat there and ordered a "Tofu Scramble" and wondered...I heard the guys at the next table talk...just chit chat..one guy, probably a college senior..talked about the crisis in Cyprus, and then mentioned that he had just been to his old high school yesterday...and that "They Were All Gone"....his companion said "HuH?"...."All my old teachers were gone...I guess it was the Walker thing...it was really strange...now there is nothing to go back for"

Evansville Observer: The "Escape to Kissimmee:" deal----nice in a time...

Evansville Observer: The "Escape to Kissimmee:" deal----nice in a time...: G. Water & Light Committee Report. Brooks made a motion, seconded by Hayes, to approve travel by the Water & Light Superintendent t...

OpEd; "Divide and Conquer" is not Leadership

The entire state of Wisconsin and the local Evansville School District are faced with a crisis of "Governance": that term means far more than "divide and conquer". It also means far more than voting for ones personal political interest....We have come to a time when all politicans are bought and paid for...where citizens, and even the most macho business types are "fearful" of sharing their opinions..and yes even their "feelings" about issues....it might be bad for business...let's just talk about the weather or sports...or maybe beer... Leadership requires the ability to look squarely at the facts and act in the best interests of a community...that is what is required of a candidate for the Evansville School Board....and also it is required that one show up for meetings....

OpEd; "Up Here...We got to push it": Top Gun

This is a classic line from "Top Gun", yes..staring Tom Cruise...and in the classic scene, Tom Crusie visits with his flight instructor who had been on the mission where Tom's dad had died, talks about the nature of being a fighter pilot.... In our environment today...technology is the the name of the game...It has been over 10 years since the "Technology Classroom" of Mr. Miller made a difference in Evansville Schools...and the kids in that classroom have gone on to careers using what they learned.... What is the bottom line? 2015 is way too late for Evansville Schools to address the technology gap that they face...this battle is NOW....the possiblity of further enrollment exodus is very real, and could be devastating...Make a note of it.

"Big bonuses for managers as pension payments shrink" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Big bonuses for managers as pension payments shrink" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Delavan school district considers its building usage -- GazetteXtra

Delavan school district considers its building usage -- GazetteXtra

"Officials: Don't buy a living trust without a lawyer" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Officials: Don't buy a living trust without a lawyer" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Friday, March 22, 2013

Evansville Observer: Mailbag: Bill Connors and Joan Sorteberg write and...

Evansville Observer: Mailbag: Bill Connors and Joan Sorteberg write and...: We encourage residents of the Evansville Community School District to vote for Melissa Hammann for School Board. No one will work as hard a...

Con: Pre-K push will spend billions, fail as miserably as Head Start -- GazetteXtra

Con: Pre-K push will spend billions, fail as miserably as Head Start -- GazetteXtra

Evansville Observer: Evansville Observer: Schools shift from textbooks ...

Evansville Observer: Evansville Observer: Schools shift from textbooks ...: Evansville Observer: Schools shift from textbooks to tablets: Associate... : Schools shift from textbooks to tablets: Associated Press

Help wanted in Wisconsin: Workers with 'middle skills’ -- GazetteXtra

Help wanted in Wisconsin: Workers with 'middle skills’ -- GazetteXtra

Janesville School Board, unions 'confer' but won't negotiate -- GazetteXtra

Janesville School Board, unions 'confer' but won't negotiate -- GazetteXtra

"More thoughts on low interest in reading" by Opinion Matters -- GazetteXtra

"More thoughts on low interest in reading" by Opinion Matters -- GazetteXtra

"Rock County ranks low in health" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Rock County ranks low in health" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mailbag: Bill Connors and Joan Sorteberg write and endorse Melissa Hammann for Evansville School Board

We encourage residents of the Evansville Community School District to vote for Melissa Hammann for School Board. No one will work as hard as Melissa to be informed and prepared for School Board meetings. She will ask hard questions to make sure that the school district’s limited resources are focused on its core mission of providing the community’s young people with a world class education. She will ensure that the School Board fully engages in its responsibility of oversight and maintaining the school district’s accountability to the community. During our years of living in Evansville and having our children attend Evansville’s schools, we developed great confidence in Melissa’s energy, determination, thoughtfulness, and good judgment. In our minds, Melissa clearly is the best candidate and deserves your vote. Bill Connors and Joan Sorteberg

School Scoop: What Degree Does Your Kid's Middle School Math Tea...

School Scoop: What Degree Does Your Kid's Middle School Math Tea...: Click on the link below to read an interesting summary of teacher preparation for Math and Science in public schools. The most disturbing ...

Aspartame in milk proposal sparks consumer outrage

Aspartame in milk proposal sparks consumer outrage

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Agenda: Historic Pres meets Wed, 3/20

NOTICE The regular meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Evansville will be held on the 20th day of March, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., at City Hall, 31 South Madison Street, Evansville, Wisconsin, or alternate location. Notice is further given that any members of the City Council or the Mayor might be in attendance. Evansville Historic Preservation Commission Regular Meeting Agenda Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2nd Floor, Conference Room, City Hall 6:30pm ***First Draft*** 1. Call to Order, Char. Rich Modaff 2. Roll Call 3. Motion to waive the reading of the February 20, 2013 minutes and approve them as read. 4. Applications – Appearances a. 118 S 1st Street- Brett Porter– Adding 3 car garage behind house b. 114 S 3rd Street Andy Phillip– Re side siding with premium vinyl c. 469 W Main St Kristin & Andrew Boettcher-Tear down-replace porch, fix roof d. 31 S Madison Street City of Evansville– Landmark Restoration 5. Administrative a. Grove Society, John Decker i. Baker Building Museum ii. Meeting b. Management of HPC Documents and Records c. Landmark & Historic District Discussions i. Discussion of Additional Historic Districts ii. Discussion of Historic Landmarks, John Decker iii. Plaque Program Applications 6. Other Business a. Correspondences, Comments and Concerns. b. Others 7. Adjournment Next Meeting Dates: 04/17/2013, 05/15/2013 RDM March 19, 2013

Census: Rock County population stabilizing in post-GM era -- GazetteXtra

Census: Rock County population stabilizing in post-GM era -- GazetteXtra

Digital technology changing education, classrooms -- GazetteXtra

Digital technology changing education, classrooms -- GazetteXtra

"State posts 'checkbook' online" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"State posts 'checkbook' online" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Minutes: Common Council: Feb 2013

11. New Business. A. Jacobson made a motion, seconded by Manring, to recommend that the Evansville Fire Protection District engage in planning about the best way to provide quality, efficient, economical fire protection for the region. Although the city is very concerned about fairness and proportional representation on the Fire District board, this would be a much broader discussion including succession planning, staff coverage, towns serves by multiple fire districts, and/or consolidation

Monday, March 18, 2013

The "Escape to Kissimmee:" deal----nice in a time of austerity

G. Water & Light Committee Report. Brooks made a motion, seconded by Hayes, to approve travel by the Water & Light Superintendent to attend American Public Power Association (APPA) conference in Kissimmee, Florida, at a cost of up to $2,750. Brooks explained the city’s policy requires out-of-state travel exceeding $500 requires Common Council approval. The conference is educational as well as to receive Reliable Public Power Provider recognition. Motion approved 7-0 on a roll call vote.

Common Council meets Tuesday--Special assessments for Garfield residents coming

Common Council Regular Meeting Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 5:45 p.m. City Hall, 31 S. Madison Street, Evansville, WI Note: Date and Time Agenda 1. Call to order 2. Roll Call 3. Approval of Agenda 4. Motion to waive the reading of the minutes of the February 12, 2013, regular meeting and to approve them as presented. 5. Civility reminder. 6. Citizen appearances 7. Reports of Committees A. Library Board Report B. Youth Center Advisory Board Report C. Finance and Labor Relations Committee Report (1). Motion to accept the City and Water & Light bills as presented. (2). Motion to approve Resolution 2013-03, Approving Year-End Amendments to 2012 Budget and New-Year Amendments to 2013 Budget. (3). Motion to approve Integration Information Network (Centrex) Authorized User Agreement and Business Block of Time Service Agreement. (4). Motion to approve Amendment #1 to Contract PF FY 10-20299. [Community Development Block Grant assistance for Creekside Place]. (5). Motion to approve Amendment to Development Agreement for Development of 31-Room Hotel. (6). Motion to approve extension of non-represented employee contracts through December 31, 2015. (7). Motion to approve Delta Dental Policy Endorsement regarding domestic partners. D. Plan Commission Report E. Public Safety Committee Report F. Public Works Committee Report (1). Motion to approve Resolution 2013-04, A Preliminary Resolution Declaring Intent to Levy Special Assessments for Garfield Avenue (2). Motion to approve Engineering Services Contract for 2013 Garfield Avenue Utility and Street Improvements. G. Water & Light Committee Report (1). Motion to approve Lump Sum Agreement for Payment for Lands or Interests in Lands Acquired from Public Utility, Conveyance of Rights in Land, and Temporary Construction Easement. H. Economic Development Committee Report I. Redevelopment Authority Report J. Parks and Recreation Board Report K. Historic Preservation Commission Report L. Fire District Report M. Police Commission Report N. Energy Independence Team Report O. Board of Appeals Report 8. Unfinished Business 9. Communications and Recommendations from the Mayor A. Motion to appoint Dulcie Bergsma, 579 S. Fifth St., to an unexpired term through April 2014 on the Youth Center Advisory Board. 10. Communications from the City Administrator 11. New Business 12. Introduction of New Ordinances 13. Meeting Reminder: A. Regular Meeting: April 9, 6:30 pm. B. Reorganization Meeting: April 16, 6:30 pm. 14. Adjournment Sandra J. Decker, Mayor Requests for persons with disabilities who need assistance to participate in this meeting should be made to the Clerk’s office by calling 882-2266 with as much advance notice as possible. Please turn off all cell phones while the meeting is in session. Thank you.

Html : Interactive data: Job growth under Scott Walker : Ct

Html : Interactive data: Job growth under Scott Walker : Ct

St. Mary School issues iPads to all students in grades 5-8 -- GazetteXtra

St. Mary School issues iPads to all students in grades 5-8 -- GazetteXtra

Nostalgia: 2008: Melissa Hammann speaks on Half Day Kindergarten:

(Ednote: This is a section from Melissa Hammann's book titled "School Issues that Count" ) Tuesday, January 15, 2008 Mailbag: Hammann Speaks on Half Day Kindergarten --- Melissa Hammann wrote: > It has been brought to my attention that, due to > budget constraints, the Evansville School District > plans to discontinue offering the half-day > kindergarten option. Furthermore, it is my > understanding that even Mr. Hoffenberg was kept out > of the discussions until Ms. Carvin had made the > decision and offered him a full-time position next > fall. Numerous reasons were cited, including the > SAGE grant restrictions, reduced/free lunch program, > bus transportation etc. Nobody seems to agree on > the amount to be saved by this action. The amount > seems to change depending on to whom you speak and > at what time of day you speak to them. One parent > even received 2 different quotes from the same > person. There are numerous arguments against this > move. Mine are four-fold: child based need, > budgetary, the duplicitous approach used by the > school district and the despicable treatment of an > outstanding teacher. > > My first objection to eliminating the half-day > kindergarten class is based on the need of the > child. Some five-year-old children are not ready > for a full day of school every day, but are eager to > learn in a more challenging environment that that > provided by pre-school. Of our three children, only > one would have done well in a full day class. > Fortunately, all three of our children have had the > priviledge of enrolling in Mr. Hoffenberg's > kindergarten class. Last fall we enrolled our > youngest child. Will is a rambunctious boy whose > educational needs have been met and exceeded by Mr. > Steve's firm but fun guidance. I know that more > than one family had to seek other options for their > children because the demand for the half-day class > exceeded the supply of openings. We feel especially > fortunate that Will was able to benefit from Mr. > Hoffenberg's vast experience. > > My second argument against dropping the half-day > program at this time is budgetary. A mere 4 years > after its inception, kindergarten "choice" is on the > budgetary chopping block. Let us review the last 6 > years or so of school board fiscal decisions, shall > we? Our oldest child had Mr. Steve in the pre-SAGE > days when kindergarten was only half-day for > everyone in Evansville. We were ecstatic with Mr. > Hoffenberg's teaching skills. He paved the way for > her very successful school career thus far. Our > second child had Mr. Hoffenberg for Kindergarten in > 2002. This was the first year that a choice between > full day and half-day kindergarten was offered. I'd > like to add that this was also the first year summer > school was cancelled due to budget overruns on the > new high school. I could NOT understand why the > school district effectively doubled their > kindergarten teacher salary and benefits costs at a > time of budget crisis. How can it be fiscally sound > to double your kindergarten staff salary and > benefits during tight financial times? Apparently > the SAGE grant and the free/reduced meal program > with their almighty government funding carrot was > the primary impetus for this move. Parents eager to > reduce their daycare costs fell right into lock step > with the school district on that decision. > > Next..... Nowhere in the entire discourse of expanding > the grade school into the old high school, did > anybody mention a second set of administrators being > hired and suddenly, VOILA, there they were. > > This litany of fiscally ambiguous decisions is to > illustrate to you how completely skeptical one > remains when you begin to quote audacious figures > for cost savings by expanding the half-day > kindergarten class-room to a full day class-room. > It is my understanding that the SAGE grant as it > currently exists is in jeopardy. It seems that > pinning budgetary hopes for monetary gain on an > amorphous SAGE grant is like hitting a moving target > at best and poor decision-making at worst. When > the SAGE grant monies are no longer flowing, what > will the school district be left with? An > unmanageable kindergarten program and > worse-than-ever blood between the school district > and the community. I would be interested in the > results of a simple budget exercise. Calculate the > costs of all half-day kindergarten and compare them > with the costs of all full day kindergarten. I'm > just curious. > > My third issue with this.... incident is the > sneaky, underhanded way ..... (it was) attempted to railroad it > through the budget without citizen knowledge or > input. > > Finally, and most importantly, I must speak out > against (the) .... treatment of Steve Hoffenberg > throughout this incident. It is despicable that you > would treat an award-winning, incredibly talented > and enthusiastic kindergarten teacher with such > disrespect. ...... A pessimist would say that > by treating him so callously, you force his hand to > retire so you can hire some hot-out-of-school > teacher on the cheap............. > > Sincerely, > > Melissa M. Hammann

School: Insurance Committee Meets tonight

EVANSVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Insurance Committee Meeting Agenda Monday, March 18, 2013 5:00 p.m. District Board and Training Center 340 Fair Street Note, public notice of this meeting given by posting at the District Office, Levi Leonard Elementary School Office, Theodore Robinson Intermediate School Office, J.C. McKenna Middle School Office, High School Office, Evansville School District Web Site: Evansville.k12.wi.us, and by forwarding the agenda to the Evansville Review, Union Bank & Trust and Eager Free Public Library. Committee Members: Jerry Roth Doreen Treuden Bill Hartje Vicki Lecy-Luebke Catherine Schuett Ivy Otto Sue Parsons Vicki Zhe Kelly Mosher Jolene Hammond Ken Johnson Liz Uher Linda Gard Heather Hanson Nancy Hurley Tina Rossmiller Tom Calley Greg Wallisch Tammy Heissner Lou Havlik I. Review Apples to Apples Comparison. II. Review Alternates That Make Sense. III. Set Next Meeting Date. IV. Adjourn. Please be advised that a majority of the members of the Evansville Board of Education may be in attendance at this event. The governmental body will not take any action during this event. This notice may be supplemented with additions to the agenda that come to the attention of the Board prior to the meeting. A final agenda will be posted and provided to the media no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting or no later than 2 hours prior to the meeting in the event of an emergency. Persons needing special accommodations or more specific information about the agenda items should call 882-5224, Ext. 3387, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Posted: 3/13/13

School Scoop: Get 'Em While They're Hot!

School Scoop: Get 'Em While They're Hot!: Only 13 of these beauties remain. They are at a premium!    Very cute and low maintenance. Easily installed with a hammer and a knitting ...

Enbridge seeks to pipe more Canada oil to Superior : Madisondotcom

Enbridge seeks to pipe more Canada oil to Superior : Madisondotcom

"GOP superintendent’s campaign blacklists news reporters" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"GOP superintendent’s campaign blacklists news reporters" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Saturday, March 16, 2013

City economic development official resigns -- GazetteXtra

City economic development official resigns -- GazetteXtra

Bill would raise retirement age for public employees : Wsj

Bill would raise retirement age for public employees : Wsj

School Scoop: Meet and Greet March 27 at Real Coffee at Daun

School Scoop: Meet and Greet March 27 at Real Coffee at Daun: Melissa M. Hammann, 2013 Candidate for Evansville School Board, invites you to a “Meet and Greet” session to be held at Real Coffee ...

"Walker for president?" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Walker for president?" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Evansville Observer: Schools shift from textbooks to tablets: Associate...

Evansville Observer: Schools shift from textbooks to tablets: Associate...: Schools shift from textbooks to tablets: Associated Press

[Shared Post] Those darn back loaded bonds.

chasinthenews posted: "I have heard several people in the last few weeks talk about the  ' back-loaded bonds.'      I think we all notice that our tax bill goes up every year.    Sad news it will continue to go up. It's not that the school board does not make cuts.  It does."

Tales From Normal, Mn.----FICTION: More sports solves Normal,Mn Academic Decay: Tales From Normal, Mn: Fiction

Tales From Normal, Mn.----FICTION: More sports solves Normal,Mn Academic Decay: Tales From Normal, Mn: Fiction

Revised numbers show Wisconsin is adding jobs but still at a slow pace : Ct

Revised numbers show Wisconsin is adding jobs but still at a slow pace : Ct

Confusion reigns after latest decision related to Act 10 : Wsj

Confusion reigns after latest decision related to Act 10 : Wsj

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Madison schools could lose $8.7 million in state aid in governor's budget : Wsj

Madison schools could lose $8.7 million in state aid in governor's budget : Wsj

Tales From Normal, Mn.----FICTION: "Not available at Press time" Loses School Board Election: Tales From Normal, Mn: Fiction

Tales From Normal, Mn.----FICTION: "Not available at Press time" Loses School Board Election: Tales From Normal, Mn: Fiction

Evansville Observer: Nostalgia: Jan 2007: Mr. Pierick Speaks on 4K---...

Evansville Observer: Nostalgia: Jan 2007: Mr. Pierick Speaks on 4K---...: (Ed. note; Mr. Larson of the Evansville School Board asked that 4K be placed as a board goal for the upcoming school year, or at least a re...

Profile of Pope Francis: Humble, intellectual Jesuit : Wsj

Profile of Pope Francis: Humble, intellectual Jesuit : Wsj

Milton schools brace for $865,000 in cuts -- GazetteXtra

Milton schools brace for $865,000 in cuts -- GazetteXtra

St. Mary School issues iPads to all students in grades 5-8 -- GazetteXtra

St. Mary School issues iPads to all students in grades 5-8 -- GazetteXtra

"Teachers union to school board: Negotiate or face lawsuit" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Teachers union to school board: Negotiate or face lawsuit" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

New Hotel coming?

NOTICE: The regular meeting of the Finance and Labor Relations Committee for the City of Evansville will be held on the date, time and place stated below. Notice is further given that members of the City Council might be in attendance. Finance and Labor Relations Committee Regular Meeting Thursday, March 14, 2013, 5:30 p.m. City Hall, 31 S. Madison Street, Evansville, WI AGENDA – rev 3/12/2013 Note: Meeting Date 1. Call to order and roll call. 2. Approval of Agenda. 3. Motion to waive the reading of the minutes of the February 7, 2013, regular meeting and to approve as printed. 4. Citizen appearances other than agenda items listed. 5. Motion to accept the City and Water & Light bills as presented. 6. Unfinished Business: A. Motion to remove from the table the Delta Dental Policy Endorsement regarding domestic partners. 1) Motion to recommend to Common Council approval of Delta Dental Policy Endorsement regarding domestic partners. 7. New Business: A. Motion to recommend to Common Council approval of Resolution 2013-03, Approving Year-End Amendments to 2012 Budget and New-Year Amendments to 2013 Budget. B. Motion to recommend to Common Council approval of Integration Information Network (Centrex) Authorized User Agreement and Business Block of Time Service Agreement. C. Motion to recommend to Common Council approval of Maintenance Agreement for Customer Premise Equipment with AT&T Global Services for one-year extension. D. Motion to recommend to Common Council approval of Amendment #1 to Contract PF FY 10-20299. [Community Development Block Grant assistance for Creekside Place]. E. Motion to recommend to Common Council approval of Amendment to Development Agreement for Development of 31-Room Hotel. F. Discussion on copy machines. G. Motion to recommend to Common Council approval of Contract Renewal State of Wisconsin Elevator Inspection with National Elevator Inspection Services for three years. H. Motion to approve updated position description for Customer Service Specialist. I. Motion to approve hiring Customer Service Specialist after March 16. [vacant position] J. Motion to approve updated position description for Executive Assistant. K. Motion to approve hiring Executive Assistant. [vacant position] L. Non-represented employee contracts. (1) Committee may meet in closed session: possible motion to meet in closed session pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) to discuss non-represented employee performance evaluations, contracts and wages. (2) In open session, discussion and possible motion to recommend to Common Council approval of non-represented employee contracts. 8. Adjournment. Mason Braunschweig, Chair Requests for persons with disabilities who need assistance to participate in this meeting should be made to the City Clerk’s office by calling 882-2266 with as much advance notice as possible. Please turn off all cell phones while the meeting is in session. Thank you.

Mailbag: Vinehout: "Worst Education Budget in 30 Years"

Local Educators: Worst Education Budget in 30 Years “This is the worst budget in over 30 years,” the Chippewa Valley Superintendent told me. “We’ve had worse spending cuts, but not a wholesale change in policy.” Educators worry a dramatic increase in public money for private schools will threaten already cash-strapped local schools. The proposed state budget makes statewide a “voucher program” in which students from “failing” public school districts attend private schools with public money. Private schools do not follow the same accountability measures as public schools. They do not report test scores, follow state curricular standards, nor do they receive the recently required public school report cards. The Governor proposed a $78 million expansion of vouchers to school districts with at least 4,000 students and at least two schools that are near failing or failing on the school report card. Critics fear the increased voucher program will drain money away from public schools’ resources and cause an increase in local property taxes. Prior to the last budget, the voucher program, sometimes known as “school choice”, was limited to Milwaukee. Vouchers were said to encourage competition between private and public schools to improve schools serving poor inner city students. Yet a five-year study audited by the Legislative Audit Bureau found virtually no differences in student performance between private and public Milwaukee schools. Nevertheless, the last budget expanded the voucher program to Racine. Marc Duff, Budget Director of the Racine Unified School District, recently told The Capital Times Racine lost $1.6 million because of students lost to the voucher program. State aid lost resulted in a nearly 3 ½ percent increase in property taxes. I recently attended a legislative forum in Eau Claire sponsored by the Altoona School District. Educators from the Chippewa Valley pleaded with legislators to oppose the expansion of vouchers. School leaders said it’s wrong to use the report cards to make high stake decisions about funding schools. One Superintendent said there were only two days between the release of the first report card and the testing used to complete the second report card. “How can we possibly understand what the report card means and make any meaningful changes to influence the next report card in two days?” she asked. Another said, “Please ask questions about the accuracy of the report card.” So I did. I contacted the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Officials said using the report card for funding decisions has three problems. First, the report card measures student performance, not school performance. If a report card is used to show school performance it should account for differences in poverty; there is a strong relationship between poverty and achievement. This report card does not. Second, not enough data was included to make the report card accurate. DPI uses a rolling average of three years of data; this report card only measured one year. Finally, I learned the report card is still evolving. A new assessment tool will replace the current, flawed WKCE test in the 2014-15 school year. In addition, the ACT test will be given every year. College readiness and other uniform measures will be added to the report card. What was not discussed in the legislative forum was how close we are to seeing the voucher program in western Wisconsin. The Governor’s budget expands the voucher program to medium size districts that have two or more failing or near failing schools. Eau Claire, La Crosse and Chippewa Falls all have one failing school and one fairly close (or very close) to failing. What would expanding vouchers in western Wisconsin mean to our local schools? The Legislative Fiscal Bureau recently completed an analysis that provides estimates to answer this question. From calculations based on their analysis I learned that if no new students went from public schools to private schools, and half of the current private school students sought vouchers, the program would cost the Eau Claire school district nearly $2 million – in addition to the existing serious deficit. This is why local officials spent an early Monday morning meeting with Legislators. They knew the change in policy was a serious threat to continuation of a strong public school system. If you know someone who would like to be added to this distribution list, please let us know. If you wish to unsubscribe from this newsletter, reply with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line Sen.Vinehout@legis.wisconsin.gov State Capitol Room 316 South - P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882 Toll Free: (877) 763-6636 or (608) 267-2871

"Retirement deadline concerns Janesville teachers; board seeks resolution" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Retirement deadline concerns Janesville teachers; board seeks resolution" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"Milton Schools grappling with $890K budget gap, state school funding cap" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Milton Schools grappling with $890K budget gap, state school funding cap" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Evansville Observer: Nostalgia: 2007: School Beat: Enrollment Decline:...

Evansville Observer: Nostalgia: 2007: School Beat: Enrollment Decline:...: 2007: Supr. Carvin reveals enrollment decline: Final numbers will be on third Monday of Sept count as well as open enrollment final numbers...

Evansville Observer: Enrollment, revenue at issue in Turner referendum ...

Evansville Observer: Enrollment, revenue at issue in Turner referendum ...: Enrollment, revenue at issue in Turner referendum -- GazetteXtra

Using the Observer for topic research

Simply go to the "Search this blog" line and type in the "topic" such as "open enrollment"..Then scroll down to see a complete list of articles dating back to 2006 on the topic..Click on each article to see content..Video and audio is included. In summary---Open enrollment and enrollment decline have been issues on the front burner dating to 2007. Make a note of it..

Nostalgia: 2006: Evansville Observer: School Beat: Monroe: Open Enrollment loss 71; Gai...

Evansville Observer: School Beat: Monroe: Open Enrollment loss 71; Gai...: Monroe Schools recently did an analysis on why students, specifically 71 students of 43 families left, or indicated leaving under open enrol...

What's going on here? Companies upgrading power lines along Highway 14 -- GazetteXtra

What's going on here? Companies upgrading power lines along Highway 14 -- GazetteXtra

Monday, March 11, 2013

Banks saved, but Europe risks "losing a generation": Thomson Reuters

Banks saved, but Europe risks "losing a generation": Thomson Reuters

"Flooding closes roads in Rock County" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Flooding closes roads in Rock County" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Funeral Trust's insurance company may be sold : Madisondotcom

Funeral Trust's insurance company may be sold : Madisondotcom

Resume: Melissa Hammann: Candidate for Evansville School Board

School Scoop: I'm posting my answers to the Review Qs here.: So, I thought I'd get the word out on my platform here. I'm going to post a series of answers I put in the review. I don't have ...

School Scoop: Review Q 3: Budget considerations to save money.

School Scoop: Review Q 3: Budget considerations to save money.: Question 3: The budget challenges of the last few years could continue to be an issue for ECSD in the coming years. What one idea would yo...

School Scoop: Q4: Open Enrollment Impact on the District Revenue...

School Scoop: Q4: Open Enrollment Impact on the District Revenue...: Question 4:  Open enrollment policy in Wisconsin continues to expand the opportunities for students to attend public school out of their r...

"Janesville School Board plans long night" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Janesville School Board plans long night" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Flood warning and fog advisory issued" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Flood warning and fog advisory issued" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I and E Club meets Mar 13

Open New Business Opportunities March 13 Is the long winter season zapping your energy? Perhaps you’re looking for new business opportunities but feel a little stuck? At this month’s upcoming meeting of the Evansville Area Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club, Becky Schenk-Gonzales of Open New Doors will be holding an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) workshop. Ms. Schenk-Gonzales’ workshops have /helped many participants become more energetic, creative and inspired. Come see what EFT can do for you. For more information about Open New Doors, please go to www.opennewdoor.com. Following the workshop, all meeting attendees and guests are in for a (caffeinated) treat; Kathi Kemp, Omar Lopez and Doug Swenson of Café Social will offer fine Columbian coffees imported directly from small family-operated farms located in the Quindio province. Café Social coffees are also sold at Evansville stores, farmers’ markets and online at www.cafesocial.us. I&E Club meetings occur every second Wednesday of the month and are free and open to the public. This month’s meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. March 13 at Creekside Place, located at 102 Maple St., Evansville. More information about the I&E Club can be found by going to LinkedIn’s groups tab and clicking on Evansville Area Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club or by visiting the I&E Club’s Facebook page.

2007: Art Phillips Speaks: re: School Building

7-16-2007--Building and Grounds, Evansville School District, Art Phillips, Board member cautions that review of sites is fine, but with respect to building anything, the recent slowdown in building activity must be taken into account---the future is unknown. It can go either way.

Evansville School Board Meets Monday, Mar 11, 2013

EVANSVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda Monday, March 11, 2013 6:30 p.m. District Board and Training Center 340 Fair Street Note, public notice of this meeting given by posting at the District Office, Levi Leonard Elementary School Office, Theodore Robinson Intermediate School Office, J.C. McKenna Middle School Office, High School Office, Evansville School District Web Site: Evansville.k12.wi.us, and by forwarding the agenda to the Evansville Review, Union Bank & Trust and Eager Free Public Library. 6:00 pm: Two board members are available to listen to the public on a drop in basis. Time I. Roll Call: Dennis Hatfield Kathi Swanson Eric Busse John Rasmussen Tina Rossmiller Sharon Skinner Nancy Hurley HS Rep. Hunter Johnson HS Rep. Marissa Haegele 1 min. II. Approve Agenda. 1 min. III. Public Announcements/Recognition/Upcoming Events: • Open Enrollment Application Period – February 4 – April 30 • Kindergarten Screener – March 20, 21, and 22 • Energy Fair – April 19 • Week of the Young Child Parade, April 23 and Family Night, April 26 • Employee Recognition – May 8 • Back To School Days – August 14 & 15 from 1:00 – 7:00 pm 2 min. IV. District Administrator Report – Technology Planning. 2 min. V. High School Board Representatives’/Principals’/Administrators’ Reports – High School Events and Good Things Happening in our Schools. 5 min. VI. Information & Discussion: A. Drafting Presentation by Hunter Johnson. B. Middle/High School Student Handbook Proposed Changes. C. Discuss School Board Member Position. D. Discussion of Non-Budgeted Expenditure – Phone System. E. Discuss New Courses Approval for AP Spanish and AP Portfolio Art. F. Third Reading of Policies: #527.3-Employee Grievance Procedures, and #527.2 Form-Grievance Form. G. Discussion of Second April Board Meeting. 50 min. VII. Business (Action Items): A. Remove From the Table, Motion to Approve the Employee Handbook Written Draft, Part II, Sec. 7-8 (Certified Staff-Insurance and Leave and Retirement Benefits) and Part III, Sec. 7-11 (Support Staff-Paid Vacation, Holidays, Leave Benefits, Insurance Benefits, and Retirement Benefits). B. Approval of Employee Handbook Written Draft Part IV (Administrative and District Level Staff), Part V (Co-and Extra-Curricular Staff), and Part VI (Substitute and Seasonal Staff). 30 min. C. Approval of Staff Changes: High School Assistant Girls Soccer Coach; Teacher Retirement; Support Staff Resignation; Hiring of Food Service Worker; and Two Part-Time Media Clerk Positions. D. Approval of 2013-2014 Teacher Contracts. E. Approval of 2013-2014 Co-and Extra-Curricular Contracts. F. Approval of Use of Fund Balance to Not Exceed $63,000 for Voice Mail System. G. Approval of Use of Fund Balance to Offset General Fund 10 Budget Expenses. VIII. Consent (Action Items): A. Approval of February 11, 2013, Regular and March 6, 2013, Special Board Meeting Minutes. B. Approval of January Bills and Reconciliation. 2 min. IX. Set March 25, 2013, Regular Meeting Agenda. 5 min. X. Adjourn. 1 min. Mission Statement: The Evansville Community School District, in active partnership with families and the community, will provide a positive learning environment that challenges all students to achieve personal excellence and become contributing citizens of the world community. Vision Statement: Creating a culture of excellence in: • Academic achievement • Character development • Pursuit of arts, athletics, and other activities • Community engagement • Highly effective staff This notice may be supplemented with additions to the agenda that come to the attention of the Board prior to the meeting. A final agenda will be posted and provided to the media no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting or no later than 2 hours prior to the meeting in the event of an emergency. Persons needing special accommodations or more specific information about the agenda items should call 882-5224, Ext. 3387, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Posted:3/7/13

Friday, March 08, 2013

Chasin the News: School Vouchers: Savior or Devil?

Wisconsin: School Vouchers: Saviour or Devil? Gov. Walker just can not leave any thing alone and let things settle down. But he made it clear from the start he was very much in favor of school vouchers. The idea behind school vouchers is good, but are they needed? We already have Open Enrollment. It was suggested that these vouchers are life-savers for those who live in an area like Milwaukee where the public schools are not good, so open enrollment does not really work there because none of the schools are that good. So transferring from one bad public school to another makes no sense. Some might not have the resources to transport their child to a school outside of Milwaukee , so they are stuck with the Milwaukee schools. This voucher system allows them to go to private schools in Milwaukee, without much travel. I have heard several people mention they do not want ” their ” tax money going to fund private schools, through these vouchers. I will remind people those who use these vouchers also pay taxes and they have the right for their child to get a decent education. Some people feel it’s just Walker’s way down the long, slow path to privatizing public schools. That in 10 years there will be few public schools left in Wisconsin. Quite honestly with the way some public schools are run and the results they DO NOT produce maybe that is best. HOW ever private schools if they are going to receive TAX MONEY need to be held to the same standards of Public Schools. They must also show results and from what I have read so far they are not. So until private schools are showing results we need to hold off on expanding the voucher program.

CSA boxes now supply beer, eggs, meat and cheese : Ct

CSA boxes now supply beer, eggs, meat and cheese : Ct

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Girl's Hockey Saves Normal, Mn.: Tales From Normal, MN: FICTION

Girl's Hockey saves Normal, Mn. School District; Tales From Normal, Mn.: FICTION Just got the text today from Normal, Mn....it seems that there has been a school bonanza there this year...in enrollment...and it all started out from just one idea from an early morning coffee "blue sky" session at Betty Lou's coffee shop...where all the bass fisherman meet each morning to discuss what the bass might be looking for...as well as other topics. Billy Bob had just thrown out the idea that all over this nation there were lots of girls that wanted the opportunity to play ice hockey, and in light of the falling enrollment that was threatening the very existence of Normal, Mn School District, and also the problem looming that they did not have the money to even think of upgrading.... anything... in the school, well...death and dying of the district did seem to loom...Ice Hockey was the answer...and the guys at Betty Lou's to a man loved the idea. They formed a group that started to build the boards for a giant outdoor ice rink....and they announced to the entire nation that enrollment was now being accepted for girls that might want to join the ice hockey program...all students that wanted to play were guaranteed a spot on the team...and well...the rest is history... Enrollment skyrocketed...Money from the state skyrocketed...and the results for the whole community were astounding...homes were in high demand, money from the state for enrolled students went to pay for the very latest in mobile wireless computers....visitors from all over this great nation came to view the school in Normal, Mn as a role model for academic success. And that's the way it was...stay tuned as I follow this story.

UW-Rock to offer four-year degree -- GazetteXtra

UW-Rock to offer four-year degree -- GazetteXtra

Many boomers face grim retirement

Many boomers face grim retirement

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Schools shift from textbooks to tablets: Associated Press

Schools shift from textbooks to tablets: Associated Press

Find your new veggie share at CSA open house : 77-square

Find your new veggie share at CSA open house : 77-square

Parents are moving in with their kids in Normal,Mn: Tales: FICTION

Parents live with their kids in Normal, Mn: Tales from Normal, Mn: FICTION Just got the text today from the guys in Normal, Mn---seems they have been watching the news and in light of possible cuts to Social Security, the retired guys have been simply moving in with their kids---just like the "good old days"----most have not even called first---they just show up....stay tuned as I follow this story---this is just what conservatives have always dreamed of....

McCabe: Political system shows 'money matters more than people' -- GazetteXtra

McCabe: Political system shows 'money matters more than people' -- GazetteXtra

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Memories of The Korean War

Memories of Korea;;and the End of the Korean War I remember the end of the Korean War...vaguely...I was five, and I remember the call..my grandmother took it and then told my mom it was for her and was long distance...I was in the dining room eating some toast, cooked my favorite way in the old fashioned toaster, the ones with the two sides that came down...anyway...all of a sudden my mom started crying, and then my grandma started crying...I was a little startled, but they reassured me that it was ok..."your dad is coming home they said." The next few years from 1950 to...well how long was it...it was till 1960 when John Kennedy got the economy "moving again" and we got in the Vietnam war etc....for those ten years there was a type of austerity...and all suburbs were built up around, all the little box style homes with the new kitchens with dishwashers....the men came home from the war and it was frustrating during the retooling to get everybody working again. In today, 2013, I expect the end of the wars will be frustrating as well...and getting the economy moving again without war will be frustrating...and it will provide a challenge to prove that American capitalism can work without war..stay tuned. Posted by Evansville Observer at 11:33 AM

Mailbag:Wireman:Supreme Court

THIS ELECTION MAY BE OUR BEST CHANCE TO GET SOME SENSE BACK IN THE SYSTEM AND PREVENT MORE BAD THINGS FROM HAPPENING PHONE BANK TO HELP FALLONE The Wisconsin Supreme Court and State Superintendent Election on Tuesday, April 2, is quickly approaching and we need your help to get out the vote! Union workers will be hosting a series of phone banks in Milwaukee and Madison leading up to Election Day to help educate voters on the importance of the races. Milwaukee Phone Bank Schedule • Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. • Saturday, March 30: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. • Monday, April 1: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. • Election Day, Tuesday, April 2: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Madison Phone Bank Schedule • Tuesdays (starting 3/5): 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. • Saturdays (3/2, 3/16, and 3/30): 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. • Election Day, Tuesday April 2: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. FALLONE MEETINGS AROUND STATE The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has endorsed Ed Fallone for Wisconsin Supreme Court and Tony Evers for State Superintendent. Tony Evers has stood up for Wisconsin's kids and working families at every turn, fighting back against devastating cuts in funding to our education system. Evers understands the vital role public schools play in providing a pathway into the middle class for Wisconsin children and is the best candidate for Superintendent. Ed Fallone is a distinguished law professor at Marquette University Law School. He has been a practicing lawyer for almost 25 years in both federal and state courts, and is a strong advocate for at-risk youth and the working poor. Most importantly, Fallone will be an independent judge who will restore integrity to our courts. We trust Ed Fallone to make decisions based on the law, and not on behalf of corporate interests. Fallone’s opponent Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack is part of the dysfunction on the current court and has made decisions based on politics, not the law, to benefit Scott Walker and corporate special interests. Many of Justice Roggensack’s supporters, like the Koch Brothers, have contributed large sums of money to her campaign. Join Ed Fallone! Fallone for Justice is hitting the road - and coming to a town near you! Supporters from every corner of the state are coming out to see Ed Fallone, and hear his message of how he will bring civility and credibility back to our Supreme Court. We hope to see you there too! See the list below, and RSVP for an event near you today to meet Ed Fallone. Green Bay Honorary Hosts Senator Dave Hansen and Former Congressman Steve Kagen Monday, March 11 6:00-8:00pm Riverside Ballroom 1560 Main Street Green Bay, WI

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Eastbound I-94 closed near Menomonie after semi slides into river

, Associated Press

MENOMONIE, Wis. - The State Patrol says a semi slid off a snow-covered interstate in western Wisconsin and into a river.

Patrol Sgt. Dave Fish says a dive-and-rescue team has been called to the Red Cedar River near Menomonie Tuesday morning to search for the semi driver. There's no immediate word on the driver's condition. Troopers say the semi is from Michigan, but did not have a specific location. All eastbound lanes of I-94 at Highway 25 because of the accident.

A slow-moving winter storm is expected to drop up to a foot of snow in parts of western Wisconsin through Tuesday.

The storm caused dozens of schools to cancel classes, including the districts of La Crosse, Black River Falls, Tomah and Prairie du Chien (doo SHEEN') The University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Viterbo University in La Crosse also called off classes Tuesday as travel conditions deteriorated.

Chefs adding horse meat to menus

Chefs adding horse meat to menus

Bipartisan group reaches deal on gun trafficking

Bipartisan group reaches deal on gun trafficking

I and E: March 13th

Become Empowered at I&E’s March 13 Meeting Did you start the new year off with a bunch of exciting goals but now find yourself stuck? Or, do you have some personal and professional goals that you’d like to accomplish but don’t know where to turn? If this is the case, then Becky Schenk-Gonzales of Open New Doors may be able to help you. Becky holds Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) workshops several times a year where she teaches participants how to remove the roadblocks and stresses impeding their success. EFT is taught all over the world; recently, it was even introduced in Newtown, Conn., following the tragic events at Sandy Hook. More information about Open New Doors may be found at www.opennewdoor.com. Becky has been teaching EFT since 2000 and was trained under EFT founder Gary Craig. She has also published several children’s books and interactive video stories that teach EFT to younger audiences. Becky will be giving an EFT workshop to the Evansville Area Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Creekside Place, located at 102 Maple St., Evansville. This meeting is free and open to the public. After the presentation, everyone will have a chance to socialize and introduce themselves to the group. Caffeine-infused refreshments will also be on hand, courtesy of Kathi Kemp, Omar Lopez and Doug Swenson of Café Social, a purveyor of fine Colombian coffees that come directly from local family-owned farms in the Quindio province. Café Social coffees are picked by hand, not machine, to ensure that each bean is ripe. This ripeness adds a richer flavor to the final product. Café Social coffees are available at Evansville area stores, farmers’ markets and online at www.cafesocial.us. The I&E Club meets every second Wednesday of the month at Creekside Place. To find out more information, contact Sue Berg at suebergsolutions@gmail.com or call 882-0986. The I&E Club can also be found via Facebook and LinkedIn; on LinkedIn, go to the groups tab and click on Evansville Area Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club.