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FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016
Menominee’s attorney fees near $26,000
Right, Mike Boland, Oshkosh, sets up the prizes Thursday for his Beer Bust booth, where people smash beer bottles with a baseball to win the stuffed animals, at the Marinette County Fair at the Wausaukee Fairgrounds. Below, Brady Charapata, 6, Merry-Go-Getter 4-H Club, Peshtigo, gets some bedding for his family’s hog entries into the Marinette County Fair. Bottom, Eastman Ruiz, 15, (front left) Mario Ruiz (front center) and Brody Darga, 15, drag a stubborn steer 40 yards into its pen at the fair.
City’s insurer will reimburse half in Schwanz case, city attorney learns By PENNY MULLINS EagleHerald news editor/digital director email@example.com
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MENOMINEE — The City of Menominee spent almost $26,000 total on outside legal fees in 2015 and 2016, all paid to an attorney handling the city’s involvement in an employment issue with its former assessor. In documents obtained by the EagleHerald through a Freedom of Information Act request, the city provided a breakdown of the funds paid to the law firm of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, specifically for
attorney Susan MacGregor, head of the Marquette, Mich., office. City Attorney/Interim Manager Rob Jamo said Thursday MacGregor was hired in December 2014 to handle legal issues stemming from two Civil Rights complaints filed against the city by former assessor Jill Schwanz, who went on medical leave after reporting to administration and the Menominee City Police that she was allegedly threatened in September 2014 by then-Councilman Leon Felch in a city-owned See LEGAL FEES, A3
Green Beret killed in Afghanistan came from Milwaukee area
BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) Defense Department listed — The Green Beret who was as his hometown. He enlistkilled by a roadside bomb in ed in 2011 and was assigned Afghanistan this week grew to a Special Forces group based at Joint Base Lewisup in the Milwaukee area. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew McChord in Washington Thompson, 28, died Tuesday state. His wife, Rachel while on foot patrol clearing improvised explosive devic- Thompson, told WTMJ-TV in es in the southern province Milwaukee that they met at of Helmand, the Defense Concordia and married five years ago. They were living Department said. Thompson’s family lives in Fort Lewis, Washington. She said she last spoke in Brookfield, where he graduated from Brookfield with him Sunday night. “I was crying because I Central High School in 2006. He studied at Marquette was nervous. I hadn’t been University in Milwaukee sleeping because I was anxand completed his degree ious. I knew that where he at Concordia University in was at was dangerous that Irvine, California, which the See SOLDIER, A3
Stephenson’s superintendent goals approved
By CHELSEA EWALDT EagleHerald staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
STEPHENSON — The Stephenson School Board approved the superintendent’s goals for the 2016-17 school year during Wednesday night’s meeting. Superintendent Ron Kraft, who is new to the district, hit the ground running by asking the board to approve 11 goals. “Typically a superintendent would only be given three to five,” he said, “but I asked for 11. We might as well go big or go home.” Kraft’s goals include: Establish a research base system to design and deliver curriculum K-12 — included but not limited to electrically developed and revised curriculum calendars, unit plans and lesson plans; develop and institute a system, with the assistance of staff and other professionals, that aligns with current state law for staff to establish annual goals, evaluation and individu-
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“It has meaning to you and is personal. That’s where we want to be with our staff and students.” Superintendent Ron Kraft on teachers building their own curriculum calendars al coaching; establish, with the assistance of staff and community members, a transportation plan including but not limited to current condition, repair and potential replacement of buses; establishing, with the assistance of staff and community members, a facilities plan including but not limited to current condition and proposed repair and replacement of structural and cosmetic needs; establish and institute a system that will align with state requirement of four year career plans for students grades eight through 12;
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establish and institute collaboratively with the board and NEOLA Policy Services, a system to update and review board policies and produres; working collaboratively with the board to finish a superintendent evaluation process that aligns with state law; work collaboratively with neighboring districts to increase vocation opportunities for students; establish and execute with the assistance of the staff and boards a district calendar that includes vital dates; establish an athletic policy and procedural document that aligns with
board policy and procedure and work with board, staff, students and community members to revisit the mission and belief systems. Kraft explained he met with board members individually and ask a group to discuss what their vision is for the district. “For us to get where we need to go and move foward — so that we can make adjustments both to student achievement and financial responsiblity — there’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” he said. Stephenson has a lot of positive aspects instated already, but Kraft said to get the district to the next step quickly, the total of the goals need to be at 11. Administration, teachers and staff have been working on professional development that revolves around building their own curriculum calendar. “Years ago, you’d get a canned program in the form of a textbook,” he said. “The textbook doesn’t align with the common core standards.”
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Kraft said if the teachers develop their own curriculum calendar, they are building something themselves and will take more pride in it. “It has meaning to you and is personal,” he explained. “That’s where we want to be with our staff and students.” Developing a personalized curriculum calendar is a major undertaking and can cause stress, anxiety and nervousness, Kraft said. “If they weren’t nervous, then they wouldn’t care about it,” he said. “It’s easy to pull somebody else’s work to use it, but if it doesn’t work you can blame someone else. If it’s your own work, who do you blame? You look in the mirror, communicate and finetune it. That’s how you get to the top.” Kraft also said the district will conduct individual meeting with students and their parents, to help develop and match what the students need via classes. “It’s really student centered and student based,” he said.
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