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Threats at Badger Middle School | By West Bend Police

April 15, 2019 – West Bend, WI – On Monday, April 15, 2019 a student posted a message on social media that included a threat of violence at Badger School. School administrators saw the message and immediately contacted the West Bend Police Department. Investigators identified a 12-year-old girl that

Guest Editorial | Member of CFAC to vote ‘No’ on $74 million total West Bend School Referendum | By Dan Krier

March 30, 2019 – West Bend, WI – As a long-time resident of the West Bend School district, and an advocate for quality education in West Bend, I need to share my experience in regard to the proposed referendum. I have read and heard so many say it’s for

Letters to the Editor | West Bend School board is irresponsible in using taxpayer money | By John Heger

March 30, 2019 – Washington Co., WI – There is a referendum in the West Bend School District on the April 2 ballot.   The West Bend school board is a tax-and-spend entity.  Many have said the current members are good stewards of the taxpayer money entrusted to them. 

Letters to the Editor | Vote ‘No’ on the total $74 million West Bend School District referendum | By Dave Weigand

Washington Co., WI – There is a referendum in the West Bend School District on the April 2 ballot.    Dear Editor, I am voting NO to the $74 million-plus (including the interest costs) West Bend School District (WBSD) referendum on April 2. I ask all District residents to

West Bend School Board accused of violating policy in final $74 million total referendum push

March 25, 2019 – West Bend, WI – A formal complaint is expected to be filed today against the West Bend School Board in connection with knowingly violating policy on a campaign mailer. During a regular meeting this past January 14, 2019 the School Board discussed putting a referendum

Guest Editorial | Lack of transparency in the total $74 million West Bend School District referendum | By Carol Heger

March 21, 2019 – West Bend, WI Dear Editor: Are you prepared to pay more for your property taxes over the next 20 years?  If that’s something you can’t wait to do – pay more taxes, that is – then vote Yes for the West Bend School District (WBSD)

Letter to the Editor | Vote April 2 for referendum in West Bend School District | By Brian Mekka

March 21, 2019 – West Bend, WI – The security, safety, and surroundings of children should be some of the top concerns of any school district.  I doubt many people would disagree with that.  I plan to support the West Bend School District’s referendum on April 2nd.  From the information I’ve seen and research

VIDEO | Finance Director explains nearly $106 million in total referendum debt and interest for West Bend School District

March 17, 2019 – West Bend, WI – There were experts available at the open house in Jackson to tour the Elementary School and ask questions about the upcoming April 2 referendum. Andy Sarnow is the newest finance director in the West Bend School District. He explained the facts

Guest Editorial | Is West Bend Planning to Build a School For Germantown Kids? | By Owen Robinson

Feb. 3, 2019 – West Bend, WI – Ever since the West Bend School Board started down the road of building a new Jackson Elementary School, something has struck me as odd about the location. Follow me here… The plans for a New Jackson Elementary School in the West

WBSD after-school activities TODAY 1/29 canceled; area schools CLOSED tomorrow 1/30 due to extreme cold

Jan. 29, 2019 – Washington County, WI – Due to the extreme sub-zero wind chills throughout southeastern Wisconsin, all West Bend School District and Jackson after-school practices and activities have been canceled for Tuesday, Jan. 29,  afternoon and evening. It also appears area schoolchildren will enjoy another day off

West Bend School District/Jackson CLOSED Monday due to winter storm; School Board meeting will go on as scheduled

Jan. 27. 2019 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend School District will be closed on Monday, January 28, due to the pending winter storm. This includes all after-school activities. The West Bend School Board meeting, however, is not canceled and will take place at 6:30 p.m. at

VIDEO | West Bend School District total for April 2, 2019 referendum is $74 million

Jan. 15, 2019 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend School Board set the initial resolution for the April 2, 2019 referendum question at $47 million. The true cost with interest at about 4.25 percent, according to John Mehan with Robert W. Baird & Co., will bring the total to

VIDEO | Parents express frustration about possible elimination of Pathways Charter School in West Bend

Jan. 15, 2019 – West Bend, WI – Parents and students lined up at Monday night’s West Bend School Board meeting to express their displeasure about the district’s plan to possibly eliminate Pathways Charter School. According to  documentation posted on the School District site a recommendation will be made for Pathways

Three candidates file to run for West Bend School Board

Jan. 4, 2019 – West Bend, WI – Three candidates filed papers to run for two open seats on the West Bend School Board. Deb Roensch from the Education Service Center in the West Bend School District said Paul Fischer, Erin Dove, and Christopher Bach filed to run in

Update on candidates for West Bend School Board

Dec. 26, 2018 – West Bend, WI – Two candidates have now filed papers to run for two open seats on the West Bend School Board as two incumbents have filed non-candidacy papers. According to Deb Roensch from the Education Service Center said incumbents Ken Schmidt and Tiffany Larson

Letter to the Editor | Parents, beware and be proactive with your children | By Mary Weigand

  Dec. 23, 2018 – West Bend, WI – My husband and I wish you all a heart-felt Merry Christmas. I take this opportunity to write and alert parents and students of the WBSD to offensive, old and outdated materials being taught to every 7th grader in the district. As

Paul Fischer announces candidacy for West Bend School Board

  Dec. 21, 2018 – West Bend, WI – There are two seats up for election April 2, 2019 on the West Bend School Board and on Friday afternoon Paul Fischer threw his hat in the ring. Today I proudly announce my candidacy for the West Bend School Board.

VIDEO | West Bend School District discusses possible referendum total

Dec. 12, 2018 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend School Board discussed moving forward with an April 2019 referendum involving Jackson Elementary School and updates to the West Bend High Schools. Although the board did not put a final figure on the bonding amount the discussion centered on

Letter to the Editor | $85 million referendum will not improve student performance | By Valery Brussat

Nov. 16, 2018 – West Bend, WI – Did you receive, or do you give money for a good report card? The West Bend School District will be asking for a $50 million school referendum ($85 million in real dollars when you add interest) to build a new elementary

West Bend School District to consider property purchase in Jackson

Nov. 12, 2018 – West Bend, WI – During tonight’s Monday meeting, Nov. 12, of the West Bend School Board a discussion will be held on the “Potential land purchase in Jackson.” According to the district website: Topic and Background: In approximately 2009 the West Bend School District purchased

West Bend School District to consider property purchase in Jackson

Nov. 10, 2018 – West Bend, WI – During Monday’s meeting, Nov. 12, of the West Bend School Board a discussion will be held on the “Potential land purchase in Jackson.” According to the district website: Topic and Background: In approximately 2009 the West Bend School District purchased a

VIDEO | West Bend School Board votes 6 – 1 on new 2018-19 teacher contract

Oct. 9, 2018 – West Bend, WI – The 2018-19 teacher collective bargaining agreement was approved on a 6-1 vote during Monday night’s West Bend School Board meeting. Ken Schmidt was the only dissenting vote. Dave Hammelmann with the West Bend School District said, “We did complete the WBEA

West Bend High School students arrested for fighting and cited for disorderly conduct | West Bend Police

Sept. 28, 2018 – West Bend, WI – Disorderly Conduct – Fighting, 1305 E. Decorah Rd. West Bend High School. On Thursday, September 27, 2018, at about 2:35pm, a West Bend Police Department School Liaison Officer and High School staff observed a physical altercation occurring in the hallway of the

West Bend Police investigate report of student carrying Glock 45 to West Bend School | By West Bend Police

Sept. 26, 2018 – West Bend, WI – On Sept. 25, 2018, at 6 p.m., the West Bend Police Department was notified by West Bend School District officials of a social media post in which a subject posted that his daughter carried a “Glock 45” handgun to school each

West Bend Police Chief confirms teen taken into custody for pornography at school

Sept. 24, 2018 – West Bend, WI – West Bend Police Chief Ken Meuler is confirming one child was arrested in the West Bend School District in connection with an issue involving pornography. During a telephone interview last week Meuler commented on record. “We have one complaint that was
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