Tuesday, April 30, 2013
He was a unanimous choice by his peers at a Greenfield School Board meeting Monday.
Bruce Bailey, the Greenfield School Board president for several years, was re-elected to that position Monday. Bailey was the only board member nominated for the position and was chosen unanimously. “It’s challenging but maybe this year there won’t be as much turmoil,” Bailey said. Former board president Pam Sierzchulski was re-elected as vice president. Cathy Walsh moved over from clerk to treasurer and newly re-elected Rick Moze is the new clerk.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Salvation Army wants to renovate and use the former Chapman school and administrative office facility currently on the property for a core community center, church and recreational purposes.
The Salvation Army is interested in purchasing a valuable piece of Greenfield real estate owned by the Greenfield School District and considered by some as a key component to the city’s economic growth. The Salvation Army wants to renovate and use the former Chapman school and administrative office facility currently on the property for a core community center, church and recreational purposes. Financial terms of the offer, received by the district April 4, were not publically discussed at a School Board meeting Monday. Interim business manager Ronald Nortier said he has also had discussions with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, which has expressed interest in the land and encouraged Board members to decide how they want to …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The Greenfield School Board could choose between Lynette Zimmer and Lisa Elliott as soon as next week.
Over the last few weeks, Greenfield School Board member Cathy Walsh conducted most of the background checks on Lisa Elliott and Lynette Zimmer, the two individuals identified as finalists for the Greenfield School District’s vacant superintendent position. And after both candidates interviewed for a second time Monday evening, and with a decision as to whom the Board feels is its top choice, Walsh believes the district can’t go wrong. “The two candidates we interviewed (a second time) were fantastic,” Walsh said Tuesday. “I was blown away by what people had to say. I called tons and tons of people. I was very, very impressed.” Elliott and Zimmer emerged at the head of a pool of 20 applicants interested in replacing former superintendent …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Administration will look at costs associated with two new, later times for Greenfield High School, where students currently begin class at 7:10 a.m.
Greenfield School Board members appear to be coming around on changing the Greenfield High School start time. That includes members who initially changed the start time to 7:10 a.m. about 6 years ago, and those who voted against a move to start school later in 2011. Board members directed administration to find out busing costs associated with either moving the high school start time to 7:30 a.m. and leaving all the rest of the schools as they are now, and moving the high school to 7:45 a.m. and pushing back the Middle School by 12 minutes to 7:30 a.m. and Maple Grove and Elm Dale elementary schools back 30 minutes to 8:45 a.m., a plan proposed in 2011. The board rejected the latter two years ago because it came with a $210,000 price tag …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Greenfield School Board decided filling both positions on a temporary basis was the right move, for now.
After being rejected by one of their own, the Greenfield School Board will look outside the district to fill its superintendent vacancy, both on an interim and permanent basis. The board voted unanimously in favor of hiring a search firm to aide in finding a permanent superintendent to replace Conrad Farner, who resigned earlier this month to accept a position in Cedarburg. “There’s been much discussion amongst board members in regard to the need to go out and see what’s available as far as superintendent position,” board clerk Cathy Walsh said. “We’ve had a tumultuous year. The board itself amongst each other hasn’t always seen eye to eye. “But I think we have to be sure we involve all the stakeholders in the district: staff, students, …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Some members of the Greenfield School Board want to change the high school start times, a year and a half after the administration's latest proposal was shot down
In an effort to address the Greenfield School District's on-again, off-again hot topic of school start times without experiencing a significant fiscal impact, district administrators are looking outside the box. Mostly because their inside-the-box ideas have not gained the majority of the School Board’s approval. Nearly a year and a half after the Greenfield School Board voted down a proposal to change Greenfield High School's start times from 7:10 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. or later because of concerns of additional busing costs, administrators offered a few new ideas Monday. The ideas, all in the early stages of development, revolve around the school’s tardiness problem. In 2007-08, when the GHS start time changed from 7:15 a.m. to 7:10 a.m., the…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A concession stand with a price tag of nearly $70,000 has some board members wondering if the money is being well spent.
Of all the projects completed with the $37.8 million in referendum money approved back in 2007, perhaps none has undergone more scrutiny than a 12-by-12-foot concession stand erected on the north side of Greenfield High School. Some Greenfield School Board members want to know why it cost so much to build, and was there an opportunity to save money. The concession stand came with a $68,000 price tag, roughly half of which was funded by referendum money and the other half through the district’s buildings and grounds budget. Three months ago, board member Cathy Walsh asked that the board be provided with details on how referendum money has been spent, and what the remaining funds will be spent on. At that time, she said she was embarrassed …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
At least one parent and one Greenfield School Board member want to revisit changing Greenfield High School's start time more than a year after the board shot down such a move.
Dolores Skowronek acknowledged that Greenfield School Board members were probably tired of her coming back to them to talk about school start times. But it’s a topic—specifically the high school’s start time of 7:10 a.m.—that Skowronek is passionate about and one she vowed she would not stop addressing until changes were made. “You have to realize you cannot alter the behavior of the population of high school students that changes every single year,” Skowronek told School Board members and administrators Monday. “You can tell these kids that they need to have more personal responsibility. You can insist that they go to bed earlier. You can insist that they get up and get to school on time. “But that will have little impact because you have…
Monday, October 22, 2012
He is the second Greenfield School Board member to issue an apology at a board meeting in October.
For the second time this month, a Greenfield School Board member issued a public apology to the district’s administration. Three weeks after questioning the administration’s handling of board-staff communication policies, including accusing Superintendent Conrad Farner of sending out an email and posting signs referencing the policy, Rick Moze backtracked Monday. “I need to apologize to Mr. Conrad Farner and his administrative staff,” Moze read from a statement Monday. “Further research by me showed that there were notices made and posted at Greenfield School District buildings, although they were not in reference to policy 3112 or 4112. I also have not been able to obtain the emails that were in reference to 3112 or 4112. “Again, I …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Cathy Walsh said she overreacted and used a poor choice of words when she suggested the district wasn't following the law during a meeting this summer.
Greenfield School Board member Cathy Walsh publically apologized for comments she made to district business manager Kristin Kollath at a meeting over the summer. On Monday, Walsh said she was wrong to say the way Kollath and the district handle Fund 80, specifically how and what expenses and revenues are reported in the community service fund, was unlawful. Walsh said Monday she overreacted and used a poor choice of words that rightfully offended Kollath. “I wish at this time to apologize to Ms. Kollath,” Walsh said. “It was not my intention to say that she was breaking the law. Ms. Kollath maintains a good reputation as a school business manager and my comments regarding the handling of the community service fund were not meant to reflect…