Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Port Washington-Saukville School Board on Monday gave the final approval to end voting in the schools, one of several measures the group has taken to amp up security in district buildings.
Calling it part of the group's continued efforts to amp up security in Port Washington-Saukville schools, board members on Monday night approved the end of voting inside district buildings. "We don't want it to happen, but it's something we have to do for safety in our buildings," board member Brian McCutcheon said. Using the schools as polling places had once been considered an educational opportunity, however, the board members agreed the practice now offers more risks than advantages. Two buildings in the Port Washington-Saukville School District — Dunwiddie Elementary and Thomas Jefferson Middle School — have been used as polling locations during elections in Port Washington for at least the 27 years that City Administrator Mark Grams …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Saukville business and Port Washington-Saukville School officials are very excited about this quick-moving partnership that offers solid opportunities for students in the near future.
With the harsh realization in mind that 50 percent of its skilled trade workers will retire in the next 15 years — and that new skilled workers are hard to find — a local manufacturer has developed a partnership with the Port Washington-Saukville School District to work with students on developing such skills and interests. Charter Steel Senior Human Resources Representative Erin Spaeth said the company became interested in the partnership after realizing the apprenticeship program it currently offers won't be enough to fill the gap when those retirements hit. "We know that the apprenticeship program is not the only way that we are going to (be able to prepare)," she said. "We've recognized the need (for outreach) and building the …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Port Washington-Saukville School officials plan to discuss updating building safety within the district as well as revisiting strategies for dealing with an emergency at a Building and Grounds Committee meeting on Monday.
Port Washington-Saukville School administrators are actively pursuing their commitment to revisiting the district's safety policies and security after tragedy shook an elementary school in a Newtown, CT, in December. At a School Board meeting on Monday, Superintendent Michael Weber told attendees that an FBI official made a recent visit to the district to conduct a walk through at schools and make suggestions to tighten security. The FBI official visited all elementary schools and Thomas Jefferson Middle School on Wednesday, he said, and will visit Port Washington High School this week. "Every school is looking at and (discussing) in what ways our schools (need to be safer)," Weber said. Administrators have also met several times since the…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The incumbents of the opening spots on the Port Washington-Saukville School Board were the only three candidates who filed papers to run in the upcoming April elections.
After some turnover in the most recent election, the Port Washington-Saukville School Board is set for no new faces in April with only the incumbents filing for candidacy in the election. Two representative spots for the city of Port as well as one spot representing the towns of Grafton and Saukville will be on the ballot with uncontested races. The incumbent candidates include: Last year, candidates Michelle Mueller and Brenda Fritsch joined the board, replacing long-time president Patty Ruth and board member Myron Praeger decided not to run again. School Board members serve three year terms, and are paid $1,200 annually for attending one regular monthly meeting as well as one monthly committee meeting. The members are paid extra for …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
School officials say the lack of referendum debt puts the district in a unique position compared to others in the state.
The Port Washington-Saukville School Board has announced that the district is officially free of referendum debt. The district borrowed the $2.6 million just nine years ago, and made its last payment of $465,000 earlier this month. "The district no longer has any longterm referendum debt, which is a pretty special situation (compared to elsewhere in the state)," District Director of Business Services Jim Froemming said. "To be out of (debt) so quickly really shows the fiscal responsibility. It gives us options and choices for the future, and that’s always a good thing.” The money was spent on on a variety of "improvement projects," including heating upgrades, a new gym floor at the Port Washington High School and improvements of the …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The Port Washington mayoral race wasn't the only close one in Tuesday's election, which also saw a higher level of participation than usual, as well as an extra dose of partisan thinking.
Turnout was solid and races were competitive throughout Port Washington and Saukville on Tuesday as voters chose a new mayor, two aldermen and school board members, on top of voting in the presidential primaries. In the biggest local race of all, Tom Mlada defeated Jim Vollmar 1,555-1,370 to win a term as mayor of Port Washington. He'll replace outgoing mayor Scott Huebner. "I'm beyond excited and obviously very humbled and honored; I’m very energized," Mlada said after learning of his victory. "My commitment is to Port Washington … to its residents, to business leaders, to property owners, to council at the city staff — and that’s everybody, whether you voted for me or not." While Vollmar was obviously disappointed that he won’t be taking…
Monday, April 2, 2012
Longstanding Port Washington-Saukville School Board members and the Port Washington mayor will be replaced after Tuesday's election. Say goodbye to the candidates who have served, and decide who you'll vote for with the Patch election guide.
Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect a correction. Patty Ruth served as School Board president for 14 years, and on the board for 18 years. The original article said she was on the board for only 14 years. Port Washington residents are seeing a lot of turnover among their elected officials this year, with decisions by Port Mayor Scott Huebner and School Board members Patty Ruth and Myron Praeger to not seek re-election. Ruth, who was also School Board president, had served on the board 18 years. Praeger had served 15. "It’s amazing that you can spend so much time in an organization and look back and say, 'Where did this time really go to?' But I've never been so proud of an organization like this … the stories were …
City, county and national races make for a full ballot on Tuesday; be informed before you head out and cast your ballot.
Unless you've been abroad (for example, interplanetary travel), you know that it will be time to head to the polls on Tuesday. We've listed information about the candidates in all contested races on our Election Central page. Also, check back at 4 p.m. when Patch launches their live blog coverage of the elections, including posting of the results as they come in. You can also sign up for an e-mail reminder. The Port Washington mayoral race is narrowed to two candidates: Tom Mlada and Jim Vollmar. The candidates represented their views during a forum, and Patch also sat down for individual video interviews with Mlada and Vollmar. There are also contested races in two aldermanic districts in Port Washington. Incumbents Burt Babcock and Paul …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Area grandfather complements the Port Washington-Saukville School District and asks residents to read up before making a decision at the polls.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Editor's Note: If you'd like to submit a letter to the editor in support of a candidate, if you are a local candidate interested in having your voice heard, or if you'd like to write about another topic please e-mail Local Editor Lyssa Beyer at Lyssa.Beyer@patch.com. I want to complement the Port Washington-Saukville School district. I am a grandparent. My three grandchildren are enrolled in the school system. I’ve attended all their school events, I help out sometimes with their homework, and I’ve even helped with some of their school activities. I’ve met many of their teachers, some of their administrators and read as much as I can about the district. So, I think I have a good sense of what their school district is all about. The …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Port Washington-Saukville School Board candidate Earl Kelley answers to criticism from his campaign and refocuses his reasons for running, saying his "main concern will always be the students."
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Editor's Note: If you'd like to submit a letter to the editor in support of a candidate, or if you are a local candidate interested in having your voice heard, please e-mail Local Editor Lyssa Beyer at Lyssa.Beyer@patch.com. To say that this race for School Board has been interesting would be a very big understatement. I have been labeled in the Letter to the Editor section of the Ozaukee Press as being simpleminded and not having any intelligent, forward-thinking ideas. Because I dare question the benefit package of the teachers means I do not like teachers and I want to lower the quality of education in the Port Washington-Saukville School System. In any campaign, you have to expect that the other side is going to come out against your…