Local News Briefs Monday 7/14/14

The Fond du Lac School Board this afternoon will consider hiring Tim Scottberg as an assistant principal at the high school. Scottberg was one of 67 applicants for the job. He has been employed by the Ripon Area School District since 2009, most recently serving as Lead Teacher for the Catalyst Charter Middle School. The board will also consider a 1 percent increase in base wages for employees with the district’s custodial and maintenance union. The cost of the increase is $32,325.13. Following the board’s meeting the board will hold a workshop that will include a review of revised student publication guidelines. The board meets at 5 p.m. at the District Administration Center Board Room at 72 W. 9th Street.

Three Injured In Two Separate Accidents In Sheboygan Park

(WHBL-Sheboygan)-Two people were injured due to a two vehicle accident in Sheboygan’s Kiwanis Park Saturday evening. Sheboygan Fire Department Batallion Chief Tim Kohlbeck said they received word of the accident just after 7 p.m.  When authorities arrived, they noticed one of the vehicles suffered significant damage to its rear end and was leaking gas.  Two people inside the vehicle were helped out and taken by ambulance to area hospitals. Those inside the other vehicle reported no injuries. The accident was the second in two days to happen in Kiwanis Park.  Early Friday morning a 25- year-old Sheboygan man suffered significant injuries due to being ejected from his vehicle after striking a power pole near the Sheboygan River.  That accident occurred a few hundred feet south of where Saturday’s accident took place.

FCEDC Initiates Annual Awards

The Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation will recognize leadership and achievement in economic development with two new awards during their annual evening next January. FCEDC President Steve Jenkins says they are taking nominations now for the Lifetime Achievement and Annual Awards. A 9-member selection panel will be put together to go through the nominations. Jenkins says people have until November 1st to get in their nominations. Each award winner will receive $1,000 to be donated to the Fond du Lac charity or their choice in their name. A nomination form is available through the FCEDC website. Winners will be announced during the FCEDC Annual Evening on January 29th. 

FDL County Fair Supports Area Youth

The manager of the Fond du Lac County Fair says while you’re enjoying the entertainment, food and activities at this weeks’ fair remember it’s all about the youth. Matt Immel says many youth show their animals or exhibit other skills and crafts at the fair. He says at the annual Market Livestock Auction ask one of the kids about their animal and you will find out how much pride they have in raising that animal. He says businesses and organizations support the sale year in and year out because it helps raise money for the youth’s future educational opportunities and builds leadership ability. The Fair gets underway Wednesday and runs through Sunday at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds. For more visit the Fair’s website

Waupun School District Relying Less On Outside Services

The Waupun School Board recently renewed their annual contract with CESA 6. District Superintendent Tonya Gubin says there are some services the Cooperative Educational Services Agency 6 Office in Oshkosh provides them that they can’t do themselves. She says that includes special education, grant writing, and assessment leadership services. Gubin says over the years they’ve tried to curtail the need for some of the services they get through CESA 6 by training their own internal experts. She says they have also been piloting the Educator Effectiveness program for the last couple of years with guidance by CESA 6. That program has to do with the assessment of teachers.

FDL County Sheriff’s Senior Police Academy

Once again this fall the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s office will offer seniors an inside look at the duties, equipments and specialized services of the department through the Senior Police Academy. Sheriff’s Secretary Donna Whitty says it’s a 6-week course offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday from September 10th through October 15th. You have to 50-years-old or older to apply for the free course. Only 15 people will be able to take it. She says the Sheriff will welcome in academy members the first week and will also be there for the last week. She says they talk about a lot of different programs and showcase some of the equipment that is used by the department. Applications are available on the Sheriff’s Department’s website. To find out if spots are still available for the academy call Whitty at 929-3372.

Bicycling Safety

Summertime means more people are pedaling or walking to their destinations. Unfortunately, since the first of the year, there have been 20 bicycle and pedestrian-related deaths in Wisconsin. Larry Corsi, with state Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, stresses the importance of public education to prevent additional deaths. Corsi notes that children 5 to 14 years of age make up about 14 percent of the state’s population, yet account for over half of all bicycle injuries and 12 percent of all pedestrian injuries. He says most of those injuries are the result of not following basic safety rules like looking before crossing a street and stopping at a stop sign. The DOT has a site designed just for kids. It provides parents and caregivers with an interactive way to help children learn safe biking and walking habits. Go to www.wisconsindot.gov and type in keywords ‘kids safety’.