KFIZ News Monday 6/13/16

FDL School Board Preview

The Fond du Lac School Board tonight will consider changes to employee health insurance benefits. It the board approves the changes it would mean a premium increase of nearly 5 percent for employees during the new school year. The board will also consider a 10 cent increase in the cost of school lunches. The school board is also being asked to approve the resignation of Fond du Lac High School Assistant Principal Peter Snyder. Snyder has accepted a job with Moraine Park Technical College. The board meets at 5 p.m. at the District Administration Center Board Room on West 9th Street.

Busy Summer For Sheriffs Deputies

Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig says deputies will busy this summer with all the activities that are scheduled. He says that includes the traffic they see for Country USA, which starts in Oshkosh tomorrow. He says sometimes they see northbound traffic on I-41 backing up into the County for the music festival. He says also coming up this weekend Ripon has a downtown concert and the Packer’s Tailgate Tour and there is North Fondy Fest. He says July will also be packed with events. He says that includes Rock USA, EAA, the County Fair, picnics in Eldorado and Mt. Calvary, and 4th of July festivities. He says they will have extra patrols including the patrolling they are doing on Highway 23 east of Fond du Lac. He says they will have 50 4-hours blocks of patrols each month through the summer.

FDL County DA Says County Drug Problems Were Not His Only Priority

Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney says although doing something about the drug problem in the County was a top priority in his last campaign, it wasn’t the only one. He says they see a significant number of referrals for domestic violence crimes. He says they were able to reallocate some resources and move some scheduling around so one of their prosecutors could be freed up to handle those cases. He says their goal is to make sure all of those cases are charged within two weeks so the cases don’t linger. Toney says the also focused on juvenile cases and in particular a backlog on termination of parental rights cases. He says again that involved reallocating some resources and assigning a prosecutor to work on the backlog. He says in talking with foster parents and social services permanency is the most important thing for children.

FDL Bus Programs Benefit Students

The manager of Fond du Lac Area Transit says they will feature several programs tailored for students this summer. Lynn Gilles says they will have the Buses to Books program every Thursday. She says kids 6 to 17 years of age can show their library card to a driver and they can get a ride to and from the library. They will also have a Free Fare Day in August where anyone can ride the bus for free. She says it will be held on August 31st. She says they hope parents and students will do a dry run that day on what their school route might be. She says students can also get a break on the cost of riding the bus during the summer. She says normally it costs $32 a month, but a student pass is available for $35 for June, July and August.

Summer School Underway

Waupun Schools Superintendent Tonya Gubin says she would like to see their summer school program built up. She says in the four years she has been in Waupun she’s been trying to add to it, but it still could be improved. She says part of the problem may be parents’ perception that summer school was for remedial classes. She says on the contrary they have enrichment opportunities as well. Summer School gets started today or has already started in a number of area school districts including Campbellsport, Fond du Lac, North Fond du Lac, Rosendale-Brandon, and Ripon.

Moraine Park Dinner A Success

The gourmet dinner benefitting Moraine Park Foundation’s general scholarship fund and student emergency fund raised more than $30,000. More than 160 guests attended the dinner. Its theme was “Bright Lights, Hollywood Nights.” Dinner was prepared and served by Moraine Park’s culinary arts students and faculty and included a six-course meal consisting of popular continental menus items from the ‘50s. This year’s dinner raised $3,000 more than last year’s.

Thrift Store Survey

Fond du Lac County residents have an opportunity to help a Marian University Graduate team shape the Fond du Lac Salvation Army’s Thrift Store future. Three Marian University graduate students are conducting a survey through Sunday asking for feedback on the thrift store.  There are 10 questions on the survey, which is available online and at thrift store on West Pioneer Road in Fond du Lac. You can read more about the survey at KFIZ.com.