Local News Briefs Tuesday 5/27/14

A District Assessment Report, new textbooks and revision of student wellness and nutrition standards are just some of the items the Fond du Lac School Board will take up this afternoon. The board will hear the report from Director of Pupil Services Danica Lewis and STEM Academy and Institute Principal Don Smith. The new textbooks are for the High School math, social studies and family and consumer education. Also during the meeting the board will be asked to consider the retirement of a teacher and the resignation of three teachers and a guidance counselor. The board meets at 5 p.m. at the District Administration Center Board Room at 72 West 9th Street.

Veterans Service Expanding With New Entrance At MPTC

Moraine Park Technical College has received a grant that will help fund a veteran’s representative at the Fond du Lac campus. Sally Ruback is the Enrollment Services Manager for MPTC. She says that representative will be located near their new entrance when it opens next January. She says there is a growing veteran’s population in the community and funding is available for them to continue their education so they needed someone near the entrance to fill them in on those opportunities. She says with the new location will be an expanded students services area including an area for the new veteran’s representative.  She says the new entrance will be a great way for the college to show its support for veteran and students alike. Ground will be broken for the addition June 2nd with a targeted completion date of November 28th. 

President Lincoln Visiting Birthplace Of The Republican Party

It took 160 years, but President Abraham Lincoln will finally be visiting the birthplace of the Republican Party in Ripon. “President Lincoln” will be visiting the Little White Schoolhouse on Saturday at 1 p.m. Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jason Mansmith says this “Old Abe” is actor and speaker Fritz Klein who has portrayed the country’s 16th President on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic and elsewhere. Mansmith says as far as he knows the real Abe never visited the Little White Schoolhouse. He says some of the things that will be talked about is the formation of the Republican Party and anti-slavery movement. This year marks the 160th anniversary of that initial meeting of the GOP at the Little White Schoolhouse in Ripon.

Registration Underway For NFDL Police Benevolent Association Golf Outing

Registration is being taken for the 15th Annual North Fond du Lac Police Benevolent Association Golf Shootout. This year’s event will be held the Rolling Meadows Golf Course on Friday, August 8th with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. North Fond du Lac Police Chief Darren Pautsch says they had a single purpose when they started the event 15 years ago to raise money for a K9 unit, but it was so successful they decided to continue it. He says now the money helps with community projects for instance they contributed $15,000 towards the veterans’ memorial. He says it’s also a nice opportunity for the average golfer. Registration and information on the event is available at the North Fond du Lac Village website.

Electronics Recycling Urged

(Wisconsin Radio Network)-Spring means spring cleaning, and many Wisconsinites will be looking to reduce some of the clutter in their homes. That can often mean getting rid of old electronics. Sarah Murray with the state Department of Natural Resources says it’s important to remember those items can’t be sent to landfills. She says there are a number of collection sites around the state. She says there are more than 400 permanent collection sites plus special clean sweep events that are also held. Many large retailers will take smaller items for free, such as old cell phones and cameras. Getting rid of old television sets or larger items may require a fee. Nearly 150-million pounds of electronic waste have been recycled through the state’s e-cycle program, since it started in 2010.