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Polls open Aug. 12 for partisan primary
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Voters will be able to cast ballots Aug. 12 dur-ing the partisan primary election to see who will be on the final ballot come November.The biggest statewide race this fall will be for governor. Incumbent Scott Walker will face a chal-lenge from one of two Democrats facing off in the August primary. Mary Burke and Brett Hulsey will be on the August bal-lot.Racine Democrat John Lehman and Madisonian Mary Jo Walters will vie for a spot to challenge incumbent lieutenant gov-ernor Rebecca Kleefisch.Three Democrats are vying to run this fall for the state attorney general: Susan V. Happ of Jeffer-son, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and Jon Richards of Mil-waukee.Julian Bradley of La Crosse will face Gary Beis of Sister Bay in the prima-ry for secretary of state.There will be a Demo-cratic and Republican pri-mary for state treasurer.
Dane County races
Dane County voters can cast a vote for demo-cratic candidates for Dane County sheriff. Incumbent Dave Mahoney will face a challenge from former sheriff’s deputy N. Peter Endres, of Waunakee.Wisconsin has an open primary in which voters can cast a ballot without declaring affiliation with a political party. How-ever, primary voters may only vote for candidates of one party, according to the state’s Government Accountability Board.Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tues-day, Aug. 12.For information, sample ballots and answers to common election ques-tions, visit gab.wi.us
Verona Area School District
Sugar Creek, Stoner Prairie formalize ‘no snack’ policies
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Birthday brownies will have to be saved for par-ties at home for some kids around the Verona Area School District after two elementary schools formal-ly cut out school snacks in their student handbooks.At Sugar Creek Elemen-tary, the changes had actu-ally gone into effect last fall but weren’t in the student handbook yet. “This change has taken place last year without any kerfuffle of any kind at school,” Sugar Creek prin-cipal Todd Brunner told the school board Monday.Stoner Prairie joined Sugar Creek in putting the chang-es in its student handbook. Brunner, who represented Stoner Prairie and the other elementary schools for other handbook changes at the meeting, said nurses, cooks, custodians, teachers and everyone else at the school was happy with the results of changing the policy.“The gangs of doughnut pushers up and down hall-ways are gone,” he joked.More seriously, the changes serve to eliminate issues with allergies, ensure students who can’t afford treats don’t feel left out and help students eat healthier. There is also no longer food at school-wide celebrations, with a few small exceptions.Food also may still show up when it relates to a topic, such as maple syrup when studying Wisconsin or apple-sauce when studying trees.Other handbook changes included clarifying that chap-erones for Sugar Creek field trips must be legal guardians or have prior approval from the principal, rewording the code of conduct at Stoner Prairie and a change at all neighborhood elementary schools to update any secu-rity policy information as the district moves toward a new security system.That system, called Rap-tor, will eventually include ID badges and on-the-spot background checks for school visitors, superin-tendent Dean Gorrell said. Before it’s implemented, however, the school board will have to pass policies to deal with likely issues. “We will have instanc-es … where we will have somebody check in and there is a criminal history,” Gorrell said, also point-ing out the possibility of undocumented parents.He did not provide a timeline on when the sys-tem might go into effect.
Verona Area High School students will be able to coordinate one more piece of clothing this upcoming year as the school changed its handbook to allow head-gear during the school day.Teachers still have the ability to ask a student to remove their headgear, and it cannot be offensive or display inappropriate or vulgar slogans.VAHS principal Pam Hammen said the change comes as part of a general change in how the school looks at discipline. “We’re really trying to move toward having rela-tionships with and engaging students,” she said.Other policy changes banned e-cigarettes from school grounds, clarified the credit requirements for students based on changed to state statutes and provid-ed advice for the school’s “Responsibility Pass” pro-gram.
The district will allow in at least an extra 25 open enrollment students above the previously planned 30 for the 2014-15 school year. The new spots come mostly from Country View elementary, which had open spots at each level except fourth-grade, thanks to lower-than-expected enroll-ment numbers, including 20 fewer kindergarten students enrolled than capacity.The bulk of the new open enrollment spots, 11, are for kindergarten, which Gorrell said has a long wait list. That includes two at Verona Area International School and four at New Century School, both charter schools.Other openings include three first-grade at CV, three second-grade at CV and one second-grade at Stoner Prai-rie, two third-grade at CV and three third-grade at SP and two fifth-grade at CV.“We looked at the capac-ity versus current enroll-ment,” Gorrell said. “We are still very conservative in terms of the number of spaces we’ve opened up.”
The board approved a pro-posal to borrow $25 million from the state trust funds to fund the new retirement ben-efit program approved earlier this summer. The borrow-ing comes with a 4.25 per-cent interest rate, something Michelle Wiberg from PMA Financial Network, which advises the district on such matters, said was much more attractive than going to the marketplace. Originally, the fund had a $10 million lending lim-it, but after Wiberg and district business manager Chris Murphy met with them, the fund’s board agreed to bypass that limit. “Kudos to the state trust fund … to kind of hear us out,” Wiberg said.
McCulley to leave board by January
School Board member John McCulley, serving in his first term, is moving to South Carolina with his family sometime before January. He announced the move Monday night, say-ing his wife received a job opportunity there beginning Sept. 1. He will remain in Verona with his children while he works to sell the house, but will for sure leave before Jan. 1.“It’s hard to leave because we have a great community and I love being on the board,” McCulley wrote in an email to the Verona Press. “I will definitely miss it.”His at-large seat will be filled by an open election in spring, as his term was up next year anyway.
V E R O N A A R E A S C H O O L D IS T R I C T
NOTICE OF ANNUAL BUDGET HEARING
Notice is hereby given to the qualiﬁed electors of the Verona Area School District, Dane County, that the Budget Hearing will be held at the Administration Building, 700 North Main Street in Verona, on the 18th day of August, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., which is the time and place of the Annual District Meeting. Copies of the budget are available at the Administration Building, 700 North Main Street, Verona, Wisconsin.
Dated this 6th day of August, 2014.Kenneth L. Behnke, Clerk Verona Area School District
VERONA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
NOTICE OF ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETING
Notice is hereby given to the qualiﬁed electors of the Verona Area School District, Dane County, that the Annual Meeting for the transaction of business of said district will be held at the Administration Building, 700 North Main Street in Verona on the 18th day of August, 2014, immediately following the Budget Hearing, which begins at 6:00 p.m.Dated this 6th day of August, 2014.
Kenneth L. Behnke, Clerk Verona Area School District
ALL HEARING IMPAIRED
Casey Porter, Pastor of Grace Deaf Church (Schoﬁeld, WI.) will be preaching the morning message in A.S.L.
Sunday, August 17, 9:15 am
West Madison Bible Church2920 County Highway M, Verona
Tere will be a question and answer session from 10:45 - 11:30 am.
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