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West Allis school district won't give up New Berlin land

March 01, 2012 4:02 p.m. | Spurning a request by a New Berlin developer, the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District will not cede 4.5 acres to the New Berlin School District.

The developer had made the request so that the entire development under construction could be in one school district. But the WA-WM School Board decided the area in question is closer to an elementary school in West Allis than in New Berlin.

The fact that the West Allis district is landlocked so it needs to protect all its taxable property was another consideration in the board vote on Monday.

The 4.5 acres had been vacant until recently, when construction started on four apartment buildings. One is in the New Berlin School District and the other three are in West Allis-West Milwaukee. Those four buildings are in addition to 14 buildings, all in New Berlin's district, that are already built in the same Stonegate Apartment complex.

Neighbors west of proposed Greenfield Meijer store fear more traffic

March 30, 2015 5:18 p.m. | Greenfield — The giant Meijer grocery and general merchandise store is slated to go to the Greenfield Common Council next week for approval of plans to build a store at 60th Street and Layton Avenue on the grounds of the former Mt. Carmel nursing home.

At the public hearing, the main complaint was that the additional traffic the store might cause on 60th Street would be hard on those living west of the store in the Armour Avenue neighborhood. Increased traffic would make it almost impossible to turn left onto 60th Street to reach Interstate 894 from Armour Avenue which ends in a T-intersection at 60th Street where the store is proposed. The freeway ramp is just north of Armour.

Mayor Michael Neitzke said it is already dangerous to turn north onto 60th from Armour and agreed that the store's presence would make the situation worse. That is why the city would look favorably on any residents' requests to close off Armour.

But he acknowledged that would mean the only way out of the neighborhood would then be 62nd Street that feeds into Layton Avenue.

Round-about route

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Action on Greenfield request to take over Kulwicki Park's care delayed

March 30, 2015 4:43 p.m. | City of Greenfield — A proposal to let the city take over the care of Kulwicki Park within its borders will be consideded this month by a Milwaukee County panel that oversees park properties.

The Intergovernmental Cooperation Council received the proposal last month from the Milwaukee County Parks, Energy and Environment Committee for its consideration later this month .

The new state Act 14 that reorganized county government calls for intergovernmental agreements to be approved by the council. That body will meet in April and the potential agreement should be back to the committee in May.

Greenfield has asked to take over care of the park at South 107th Street and Cold Spring Road because Milwaukee County doesn't have the money to do it. The park that was created by Greenfield residents and businesses is starting to look unkempt, said Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke.

He chaffed at the delay.

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West Allis-West Milwaukee School District taps Shorewood superintendent for top spot

March 27, 2015 11:10 a.m. | West Allis — He was only appointed West Allis-West Milwaukee School District superintendent last week, but current Shorewood Superintendent Marty Lexmond is already dropping in at West Allis schools, greeting children and meeting staff.

The school board appointed him Wednesday, March 25, and he will start July 1.

Getting out and meeting people is in line with his prime goal of building relationships that can be identified for the future, Lexmond said.

Lexmond said he is looking forward to working in the district because of the skills he has acquired in both suburban and urban education. The district has strong elements of both, and he said he is excited to address its challenges.

Lexmond will succeed Kurt Wachholz who retired late last summer.

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Glendale mayoral candidates will debate city issues tonight

March 24, 2015 10:42 a.m. | Glendale mayoral candidates Bryan Kennedy and JoAnn Shaw will participate in a candidate forum tonight.

The forum, hosted by the North Shore Republican Club, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in the community meeting room of the North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road. Candidates will respond to a series of questions from a moderator, as well as questions from the audience.

Decision delayed on Nathan Hale High School overcrowding

March 24, 2015 10:42 a.m. | There were more pleas Monday that it is unfair to not let all students attend Nathan Hale High School who want to, but there was no decision about what to do about Hale's overcrowding.

Because health issues felled four West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board members, the rest of the board decided to put off a vote until 6 p.m. Monday, March 30. As many as three of the four members are expected to be better by then.

For at least two decades, the district has allowed eighth-graders to choose whether to attend Hale or West Allis Central High School. Until just a few years ago, that has worked well, officials said.

But now Hale has hit its space limits and about 100 more students want to walk through its doors as freshmen this fall than seniors who will walk out the doors in June.

The Sprint Episode Three: WIAA state basketball tournament retrospective

March 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:

West Allis school board to hold special meeting to OK superintendent

March 17, 2015 10:56 a.m. | The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board plans to hold a special meeting between Wednesday, March 25, and Monday, March 30, to approve a contract for a new superintendent.

The date will be set this week.

The board on Monday approved a contract which now must be forwarded to the finalist. When he accepts it, the board will have to formally approve him as superintendent, said school board President Pat Kerhin.

All that had been expected to have been completed by Monday, but there were scheduling conflicts, she said Tuesday.

The finalist is one of the top three interviewed for the post: John Tharp, superintendent of the Greendale Schools; Jesse Rodriguez, regional superintendent of the Milwaukee Public Schools; and Marty Lexmond, superintendent of the Shorewood schools.

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Greenfield High School assistant principal going to Arrowhead

March 17, 2015 10:52 a.m. | Becky Gordon, an assistant principal at Greenfield High School, will be associate principal at the North Campus of Arrowhead High School beginning July 1.

Gordon said she wasn't looking for a change but had wanted to try for Arrowhead because it's bigger and offers the chance to grow and learn more, she said. Greenfield High has about 1,400 students and Arrowhead more than 2,200.

The Sprint Episode Two: local teams look to defend state basketball titles this week

March 16, 2015 3:15 p.m. | The Sprint takes a look back and ahead and the week of varsity athletics in the Lake Country and Now Newspapers coverage zone.

Nathan Hale overcrowding battle sparks write-in campaign for board

March 10, 2015 1:44 p.m. | West Allis — Parental anxiety over making some West Allis-West Milwaukee School District eighth-graders go to West Allis Central High School when they want to attend Nathan Hale High has touched off a write-in campaign for the school board by Mitchell Elementary School parent William Ustruck.

Three school board members and two challengers are already on the April 7 ballot.

In 2006, the school board made US 45 the dividing line between the two high schools but no one paid much attention because eighth-graders could pick which high school they wanted to attend.

The board is looking at sticking to the boundary because Nathan Hale is so crowded that school officials say it won't be able to accommodate all the eighth-graders who have selected Hale as their high school this fall.

But Ustruck said using US 45 as the boundary is ill-conceived.

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West Allis-West Milwaukee parents riled at potential loss of choice

March 10, 2015 11:38 a.m. | West Allis — Concerned their children will not get into preferred high schools, parents packed Monday's West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board to voice theior concerns.

For about 20 years, eighth-graders have gotten to choose between West Allis Central and Nathan Hale high schools. The problem is that Hale is overcrowded this year and could not hold all of the eighth-graders who want to attend there this fall, school officials said.

The board had considered a lottery and then ruled it out, but it was back on the table Monday night, along with enforcing the boundary between Hale and Central attendance areas, neither of which sat well with many parents.

In 2006, the school board set US 45 as the boundary between the schools, but no one paid much attention because students could choose their high schools.

No plan

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West Allis-West Milwaukee has preferred finalist for superintendent

March 10, 2015 9:52 a.m. | The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District now has a preferred finalist for the next superintendent in the district and is working out contract details.

School Board President Pat Kerhin said she hopes that can be completed by the end of the week.

The finalist is one of the top three who are John Tharp, superintendent of the Greendale Schools; Jesse Rodriguez, regional superintendent of the Milwaukee Public Schools; and Marty Lexmond, superintendent of the Shorewood schools.

The School Board is in the process of choosing a superintendent to succeed Kurt Wachholz who retired last summer.

Milwaukee woman charged in assault over Walmart parking space

March 04, 2015 2:22 p.m. | A Milwaukee woman was so upset about losing a handicap parking space to a 71-year-old woman that she knocked the older woman to the ground, breaking a bone and forcing her to undergo a second hip replacement, according to a criminal complaint.

Kezia T. Perkins, 32, of Milwaukee was charged with aggravated battery in the Feb. 3 attack at the Walmart parking lot, 10600 W. Layton Ave. in Greenfield. Perkins, who is free on a signature bond, is expected in court for a preliminary hearing March 11.

Surveillance video shows Perkins was trying to park in a handicap space — despite not having a permit, or any disability — but struggled with the tight turn, the complaint says.

When Perkins reversed her car, the 71-year-old woman came from a different direction and parked in the same space. Perkins stormed across the parking lot and yelled at the woman, who remained in her car out of fear, according to the complaint.

Perkins went back to her car, but as the woman walked to the store entrance, Perkins confronted her and slammed her body into the woman, knocking her to the ground, the complaint says.

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West Allis hosts National Ave. development plan open house

March 04, 2015 7:00 a.m. | A redevelopment plan for the W. National Ave. corridor in West Allis will be the subject of a public open house on Thursday.

The city is inviting local residents and business owners to the event, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Constitution Room of the West Allis Public Library, 7421 W. National Ave.

Open house attendees will be asked to share feedback and insights regarding the city’s planning process, and issues for the National Ave. corridor. 

The city, working the Graef consulting firm, hopes to create a plan to attract more residents and businesses to that corridor. National Ave. is scheduled for a 2018 resconstruction between S. 70th St. and S. 76th St., and between S. 92nd St. and S. 95th St.

The proposed plan is to be submitted in July to the Plan Commission and Common Council for their review. 

West Allis putting foot down on snakes and rat breeding to feed them

March 03, 2015 3:30 p.m. | West Allis — A ban on keeping venomous snakes or large constricting snakes has already passed the West Allis Common Council, which is now poised to ban breeding rodents, as well, as food for snakes.

Health concerns are the reasons for the proposed breeding ban, said Alderwoman Cathleen Probst, a co-author of the ban.

The only known business that could be affected is Swords & Dreams Reptile Rescue, 7213 W. Greenfield Ave., in downtown West Allis.

Owner Tom McNeil said he once had 200 snakes in his store. But now he plans to retire and is whittling the stock down. He now has only about 25 snakes, he said. He has operated the reptile rescue for more than 10 years, approximately three of them in downtown West Allis.

As a rescue organization, McNeil said he has accepted venomous snakes from owners who wanted to get rid of them. And he has found homes for the snakes where they will not menace society, he said.

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