West Bend School District Archive

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

Guest Editorial | West Bend Annual Meeting, Budget, and Tax Levy | By Owen Robinson

  Sept. 16, 2018 – West Bend, WI – On Monday, the voters of the West Bend School District are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Electors. This is an annual meeting where, theoretically, the voters approve some of the big ticket items like the tax levy and budget.

POLL QUESTION | Is there transparency in upcoming proposed West Bend School District Referendum

  August 20, 2018 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend School Board (WBSB) will hold a special meeting tonight, Monday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. As of Sunday, Aug. 19 the meeting minutes from the WBSB Monday, Aug. 13 meeting had not been posted on the District

Letter to the Editor | Honesty and transparency needed in West Bend School District referendum | By Dan Krier

August 20, 2018 – West Bend, WI – I believe it is important to include the interest cost on the referendum so people know for a fact, what they will be paying.   I was on the Citizens Facility Advisory Committee and am very disappointed in the entire process

POLL QUESTION | Transparency in upcoming proposed West Bend School District Referendum

  August 16, 2018 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend School Board (WBSB) met Monday night, Aug. 13. As of Wednesday night, Aug. 15, 2018 (11:30 p.m. ) the video of the WBSB Monday, Aug. 13 meeting nor the minutes had been posted on the District website.

Contract released for West Bend School District Superintendent

June 19, 2018 – West Bend, WI – On May 29 the West Bend School District announced it hired Don Kirkegaard as the new Superintendent. Kirkegaard is scheduled to start in the district July 9.  His contract is public record and posted below. Highlights include an annual salary of

Resignation agreement for West Bend School District Superintendent released

Jan. 18, 2018 – West Bend, WI – Following an open records request the West Bend School District released its resignation agreement with former Superintendent Erik Olson. Olson was hired June 2016 and officially resigned effective Dec. 14, 2017. When hired the School Board approved a two-year contract with Olson

VIDEO | Parents air disappointment to West Bend School Board about White Privilege Test

Jan. 9, 2018 – West Bend, WI – The White Privilege Test that became a hot topic of discussion prior to the Christmas break, came up again during the public comment section of Monday’s West Bend School Board meeting. The test was given Dec. 20 to about 150 students

Details released on why 4 teachers resigned from West Bend High School in May 2017

Dec. 22, 2017 – West Bend, WI – Details are coming out today on a story from May of 2017 when four teachers in the West Bend School District resigned. At that time, then-Superintendent Erik Olson issued a press release; a portion of which reads: We wanted to advise

West Bend School Board agenda for Wednesday, August 2

August 2, 2017 – West Bend, WI – There’s an executive session of the West Bend School Board tonight, August 2 at 7 p.m. The board is in the midst working to put in place two new high school principals. The salary, benefits and job requirements of those positions
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