News & Notes: April 3

April 1, 2014

Greenfield hires

buildings, grounds director

Greenfield — In a restructuring of the buildings and grounds department, the Greenfield School Board has hired Scott Miller as the buildings and grounds director.

He comes from the Elmbrook School District where he has been director of buildings and grounds since 2009. Before that, he was facilities supervisor for Waukesha County.

Miller will be paid $95,000 per year.

"He has a proven record of being able to manage buildings and grounds," said Greenfield School Board President Bruce Bailey.

Michael Datza, who was buildings and grounds supervisor overseeing operations at all the schools, will continue as supervisor for the four elementary schools and Greenfield Middle School under the restructuring.

Area cleared

for skate park

West Allis — The area where the first West Allis skate park will be was cleared by crews last week at Radtke Park, 84th Street and National Avenue.

Actual construction of the park is probably five to seven weeks away, depending on weather. The skate park should be completed by late summer or fall.

Administrator contracts

approved for next year

Greenfield — All administrative contracts in the Greenfield School District have been renewed for the 2014-15 school year except for the superintendent's contract that already runs through 2014-15.

The aggregate raise for administrators and professional technical staff will be 1.5 percent, with some getting more and some less.

The district and its teachers are still trying to reach a pay agreement for the current school year and next year. The maximum aggregate raise allowed by state law is 2.07 percent for this year and 1.46 percent for next year.

With the steps and lanes pay scale gone since the passage of the state's Act 10, a district committee has been working on a model for teacher pay to replace it. The committee consists of administrators, teachers and School Board members.

A draft is being reviewed by the teachers on the committee, and the goal is to have a recommendation soon.

Refinancing to save

$300,000 on $10 million

Greenfield — With interest rates still low, the Greenfield School Board refinanced $10 million of its outstanding debt.

The move should save an estimated $300,000 over the 10-year life of the bond.

Public Health Week

means special focus

West Allis — The West Allis Health Department is making plans to celebrate National Public Health Week, April 7 to 13.

The week will be arranged around five sub-themes meant to help make the transition to the new health care system easy to navigate. The sub-themes focus on topics such as eating healthy, being healthy at home and disaster preparedness.

The department invites people to visit at 7120 W. National Ave. Tours of the Health Department will be available April 11.

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