Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Bruce Bailey hopes to fill Dave Richlen's vacated seat the week of July 30.
Now that three residents have declared their interest in the Greenfield School Board seat vacated by Dave Richlen’s resignation, board president Bruce Bailey has a tentative plan to fill the void in place. Former board member Rick Moze; Paul Palama, who ran for the board the last two springs; and newcomer Brandon Rosner submitted resumes and cover letters expressing their candidacy to district offices by the 4 p.m. Monday deadline. Bailey hopes it’s smooth sailing the rest of the way. “We want to move quickly to fill that spot,” he said. “We’re going to talk about it at the meeting next Monday.” Bailey said at the July 23 board meeting, he will propose to board members they meet the week of July 30 to interview the candidates in a public …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Board initiated the process to replace Dave Richlen, who resigned earlier this month when he and his family moved to Franklin.
Greenfield School District residents have about three weeks to submit applications to join the school board, now that the search to replace Dave Richlen has begun. The Greenfield School Board vacancy came about after Richlen moved out of the district and resigned June 19. His term on the seven-member board would have expired in April 2013. Board President Bruce Bailey initiated the application process at Monday's Board meeting at the School District's Administrative Building. Interested candidates must submit a written letter of interest and are strongly encouraged to include a resume to Board Clerk Cathy Walsh no later than 4 p.m. July 16. “Although we probably want to hurry to get someone in here, we also need a chance for people to be…
Monday, October 3, 2011
President Doug Perry's home address was posted online by the district administration.
Information in a copy of a letter was erroneously posted to the district's web site, sparking another war of words between the Greenfield School District administration and the teacher union. The home address of Doug Perry, the president of the teacher's union, was contained in a letter sent to him by board president Bruce Bailey and published on the site Sept. 6. "I didn't think the district would possibly put my home address in public without my permission. By the way, (this is) a clear violation of the law," Perry said during the public comment portion of the Sept. 26 Greenfield School Board meeting. "I was dumbfounded." Perry has been in the trenches dealing with the state's collective bargaining reform on the local level during the…
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
New Berlin teachers, like those in Greenfield, were displeased with the input they had on their employee handbook.
Protesters from both sides of the aisle. A police presence. Cheers, jeers and chants. Sound familiar? It should. One week after protesters voiced their displeasures with the Greenfield School District administrators and School Board at a board meeting Aug. 22, nearly an identical scene played out at New Berlin West High/Middle School on Monday, according to a story in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The story said New Berlin school district employees are upset with their lack of input in the new school handbook, which was approved at last night's meeting. Greenfield teachers have had similar complaints with their administration. One major difference between the two meetings: New Berlin moved its into the school's auditorium a week …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
A letter to teachers, need for safety, open meeting law all contributed to tension.
The cause of Monday's raucous Greenfield School Board meeting could easily be categorized as another episode in the never-ending collective bargaining drama that has besieged the state over the last eight months. But the roots of what transpired are much more nuanced, involving the underpinnings of a changing relationship between teachers and the district, and quick decisions made by the school officials during the proceedings. What occurred Monday began to percolate in late July, when school board president Bruce Bailey wrote a letter to teachers stating it is unlawful for the district or any of its representatives to "negotiate" with teachers as a result of the collective bargaining reform passed in Madison earlier this year. The …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Greenfield School Board president Bruce Bailey speaks out on Monday night's protests.
Greenfield School Board president Bruce Bailey understands that people in Wisconsin, especially teachers and their supporters, are mad these days. He just thinks they are mad at the wrong people. Bailey had the unenviable task of leading Monday night’s Greenfield School Board meeting that was met with more than 100 protesters who voiced their opinions before, during and after the session. “I was surprised with the amount of anger directed at us,” said Bailey, who added he had no inclination that large of a crowd would show up. “If they’re mad at Governor Walker and the (budget-repair) bill, that’s fine, but to direct that anger at the local school board is misplaced.” According to Bailey, one school board member told him their car was …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The scheduled space couldn't hold the 130 protesters that came to the meeting, and the crowd was upset when the board refused to change locations.
Updated at 9:55 p.m. Frustration with the direction the Greenfield School Board and its administration is taking the district boiled over Monday evening as protesters flooded into and briefly took over the regularly scheduled board meeting. Dozens of protesters and speakers berated board members and district officials, voicing their displeasure with how the district teachers are being treated now that collective bargaining is prohibited. "We want a quality educational system; your actions don't match. You need to do something about that," said Andrew Misorski during the public comment period of the meeting. The show of frustration stems from a number of changes Greenfield teachers have faced this summer due to the end of collective …
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The School Board rejected two proposals Monday after months of debate.
After months of debate, the Greenfield School Board voted to not change the district’s school start times Monday, citing the price tag of $208,000 for the new busing routes as the chief concern for not moving forward. Greenfield’s school start times have been a hot topic with the school board for at least three years. Over the last several months, concerns about the start time’s impact on extra-curricular participation, after-school jobs and families that rely on older students watching younger siblings were all mentioned as cons of the proposed time changes. But Monday, money was the crux of the problem. “I’m concerned about the $208,000 price tag, especially when we’re looking at the drastic cuts we’ll be receiving from the state this …
Monday, May 9, 2011
The current president won the vote by a 4-3 count.
Bruce Bailey was re-elected as the Greenfield School Board president at the Greenfield School District's school board meeting Monday. Bailey defeated Julie Rome by a 4-3 vote. Don Carlson nominated Bailey, who received votes from Dave Richlen, Audrey Ellison, Carlson and himself. Pam Sierzchulski, Rick Moze and Rome voted for Rome, who was later re-elected as clerk. Sierzchulski, a former board president, was elected as vice president a month after she defeated Donald Almquist in the spring election. Richlen was re-elected as treasurer. Moze was nominated for both vice president and treasurer, but he declined both nominations.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Board agrees to replace Dr. John Thomsen but not after much debate Monday evening.
With Superintendent Conrad Farner’s future with the Greenfield School District up in the air, some members of the School Board are in no rush to replace Dr. John Thomsen, whose resignation was accepted by the board Monday night. Thomsen, the district’s Director of Secondary Education, has accepted a position as Superintendent of the St. Francis School District. His last day in Greenfield is June 30. Farner suggested to the board that the administration begin a search to replace Thomsen immediately. The motion passed, 5-2, but with Farner himself a finalist for the Menomonee Falls Superintendent opening and a rocky financial future awaiting the district, board members Bruce Bailey and Dave Richlen disagreed. “I am not in favor of replacing …