A word from our sponsors: Wilmot Raceway season opener set for April 27

Note: This is a paid announcement from Wilmot Raceway. — DH

The Wilmot Raceway is just a few days from letting the mud fly for the 2019 season.

The track proudly boasts one of the biggest and best schedules of any track in the region, featuring big national events such as Tony Stewart’s IRA / All Star Sprint Challenge (Fri, May 17), the UMP Late Model Summer Nationals (Tues, July 2), and the World of Outlaw Sprints (Sat, July 13). Regional specials such as the IRA Outlaw Sprints (May 4, June 15, Aug 3, Aug 17), and the Dirt King Late Models (Sept 7) are spread out throughout the season, plus the best in weekly local racing headlined by the fastest growing series in the country, the Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints, plus Modifieds, 1000cc Mini Sprints, Street Stocks, and Bandit 4-cylinder stocks too. Certainly, something for everyone!

Opening night for the 2019 race season is Saturday night April 27th featuring all 5 of Wilmot Raceway’s core classes; wingLESS Sprints, Modifieds, Mini Sprints, Street Stocks, and Bandit 4’s.

Wilmot Raceway is slated to compete every Saturday night from April 27th thru September 7th. Only exceptions are that Wilmot will be running on Friday May 17th instead of Saturday that weekend, and that we are taking Saturday Aug 10th off to prepare for the Fair.

Our first special event is May 4th featuring the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints, AutoMeter WI wingLESS Sprints, Mini Sprints, and Modifieds. Advance tickets for the May 17th IRA / All Star Sprint Challenge featuring Tony Stewart go on sale via www.wilmotraceway.com on April 15th. Fans who purchase general admission advance tickets will be allowed to enter the grandstand at a designated earlier time to choose their seats prior to those who wait until race day to purchase their tickets. More specific details will be announced in the very near future.

World of Outlaw ticket holders from last year have just a few more days to claim their same seats for this year, prior to tickets going up for sale to the general public, see www.slspromotions.com for details, or call 815-344-2023.

Info regarding advance tickets for the Tues July 2nd UMP Summer Nationals event will be released soon, see www.trackenterprises.com or call 217-764-3200. Of course, motorsport events galore happen throughout the Kenosha County Fair Aug 14-18. WED: UTV/ATV races; THURS: Truck & Tractor Pulls with Combine Demo Derby; FRI: Friday Night Thunder with Modified & Stock Car racing PLUS the BIGFOOT Monster Truck; SAT: IRA winged & wingLESS Sprints plus Mini Sprints; and SUN: the KCF Demo Derby.

Watch for details regarding our Fall Festival of Speed slated for Saturday Oct 5th. 2019 is going to be a GREAT year at Wilmot Raceway, Wisconsin’s Clay Center of Speed!

U.S. Rep. Steil meets with Paddock Lake, Salem Lakes and Twin Lakes officials

U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil recently met with local officials in Western Kenosha County.

“Meeting with our local officials helps me better understand the issues impacting our communities,” Steil said. “I’m grateful for our partnership. From the opioid crisis to transportation issues, there are many opportunities for us to collaborate local, state, and federal efforts. … We recently held staff office hours in a majority of these communities to help residents receive casework assistance. I encouraged our officials to reach out to our office if they have trouble contacting federal agencies or receiving federal grants. I am here to help.”

U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil at Paddock Lake Village Hall with (from left) village President Terry Burns, county Supervisor John Poole and village administrator Tim Popanda. /Submitted photo

(From left) Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue Chief Mike Slover, village President Diann Tesar, Steil and interim village administrator Mike Murdock. /Submitted photo

(From left) Twin Lakes village administrator Jennifer Frederick, village Trustee Tom Connolly, TLPD Chief Adam Grosz, Steil and TLFD Chief Stan Clause. /Submitted photo

Bristol School to have ALiCE Drill this week

Sheriff’s Detective Joseph Zarletti, left, holds up tactical gear while Lt. Ken Urquhart, commander of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Tactical Team, explains the gear that the team uses. /Contributed photo

Bristol School, in conjunction with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and Bristol Fire and Rescue, will be conducting an ALiCE Drill early this week. The purpose of this event is to evaluate the current practices, test and evaluate emergency communication practices, and continue to build working partnerships with first responders in the community.

The ALiCE program encourages using provocative response strategies to increase survivability in the event of a violent intruder. ALiCE stands for: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. While ALiCE is an acronym, it does not require to follow it in sequential order. This approach is meant to provide options for response and a quick reaction as there is no particular response that fits all active threat situations.

Last Thursday, the school hosted an all-school assembly with representatives of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and the Bristol Fire Department. The purpose of this assembly was to inform the staff and students on what can be expected on the day of the drill and provide an opportunity to ask questions about the exercise.

Warm and sunny Easter

Photo by Agata Urbaniak via stock.exchng

Easter is set to be the warmest day we’ve had here in a while — probably in all of 2019.

The latest, local National Weather Service forecast includes a high of 75 for Sunday. The skies should be sunny, with a wind of 5 to 15 mph.

The warm trend will continue Monday with a high of 70 before things cool off into the mid 50s for the middle of the week.

There’s some chance of rain Monday night and Tuesday.

Units responding for fire in Silver Lake

At about 9:15 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of a fire in the 700 block of North Riverside Drive in Silver Lake.

Per dispatch: Caller reports a tree on fire.

UPDATE about 9:55 p.m. — Engine dispatched to the scene from. SL Station 2.

Units responding for fire in Wheatland

At about 8:49 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to the 4900 block of 368th Avenue in Wheatland for a field fire.

Per dispatch: A Wheatland FD member is on site and investigating.

UPDATE 8:51 p.m. — Randall Fire Department requested to respond with ATV.

Units responding for crash in Bristol

At about 6:57 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 120000 block of Highway C in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Crash involves two vehicles. Injuries being reported.

Units responding for investigation along Paris/Bristol/Kenosha border

At about 4:17 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding for an investigation of a report of a smell of natural gas in the 12100 block of Highway K near the Paris/Bristol/Kenosha border.

Local fire department responding for mutual aid to Walworth County

At about 3:04 p.m., Randall Fire Department is responding to a request for mutual aid from Walworth County.

Per dispatch: RFD is requested to respond with a grass rig to the 5600 block of Highway 50 in Walworth County.

Local fire department responding for mutual aid to Illinois

At about 2:49 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units are responding to a request for mutual aid from the Hebron (Illinois) Fire Department.

Per dispatch: TLFD is requested to respond with a brush truck for an incident in the 16800 block of Highway 173.

2019 Town of Wheatland Fire Department Auxiliary Easter Egg Hunt coverage (PHOTOS)

The Town of Wheatland Fire Department Auxiliary hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt at the fire station in New Munster on Saturday morning.

Before the hunt started, all participants were divided into three groups by age. A headcount was taken and then a number of eggs each participant could take was calculated and announced.

Then the egg hunters took off! Some eggs won the person that found them a special prize.

Afterwards, egg hunters were asked to empty their eggs and hand back the plastic halves for use again in future years.

Those at the annual event also could get a close-up look at fire equipment on display.

Here are some more photos:

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A word from our sponsors: April 20, 2019 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons


Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors. This is a paid announcement — DH

Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

1787 Knob Rd, Burlington.

8136 203rd Ave, Bristol.

Highway X in Brighton to be closed April 22-26

Kenosha County has released the following statement about an upcoming closure of Highway X in Brighton:

Highway X (240th Avenue) in the Town of Brighton is scheduled to be closed daily during the week of April 22, as the Kenosha County Division of Highways conducts culvert replacement work. The closures will be in effect from roughly 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, weather permitting.
Drivers are urged to detour around the affected area via highways 142, 75 and JB.”

Bristol School names new principal, business manager

Bristol School District has announced the names of its new principal and business manager.

From the announcement issued Friday:

We are pleased to announce that Nick Schultek, has been selected as the Principal of Bristol School and Heather Kraeuter, CPA has been selected as Bristol School’s Business Manager. Starting July 1st, Mr. Schultek will officially become a Renegade. Mr. Schultek comes to Bristol School from Cudahy High School where he served as an At-Risk Coordinator and Teacher. Mr. Schultek received his Masters of Science in Educational Administration from Concordia University and his Director of Special Education and Pupil Service Certification Program from Cardinal Stritch University. With over 8 years of administrative experience in many different school districts, we are excited about the knowledge he will bring when he joins our leadership team. Ms. Heather Kraeuter, CPA will be joining Bristol School after serving in Racine Unified School District as Budgets & Grants Director and most recently as the Data Specialist for Accountability, Assessment & Efficiency. Before her years in Racine, Ms. Kraeuter worked as an Auditor for a public accounting firm, as well as the Accounting & Payroll Manager and Internal Controls Analyst in Kenosha Unified School District. Ms. Kraeuter will bring with her nearly 20 years of experience in financial consulting, auditing, accounting, and software implementation. Ms. Kraeuter received her Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and her Certified Public Accountant License from the State of Wisconsin.

Twin Lakes senior dining site seeking volunteers

The Twin Lakes senior dining site is in dire need of volunteers on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for post-dining clean-up.

A volunteer’s commitment can be once a week for one hour or for all three days one hour each day. Interested applicants must complete a Volunteer Enrollment form and pass both a criminal background and national sex offender check. Volunteers can be 16 years or older. Volunteers younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers receive a free meal. Training and ongoing support are provided by the site manager.

The dining meal site is a program of Kenosha Area Family & Aging Services, Inc. and is located at the New Life Bible Church, 112 W. Main St, Twin Lakes.

For more information about this volunteer opportunity, contact Diana Jaeger, senior dining site manager, at 262-358-5779.

Madison LeRoy named to University of Alabama 2018 Fall President’s List

A total of 12,332 students enrolled during the 2018 fall term at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).

The UA Dean’s and President’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or to undergraduate students who take less than a full course load. Students on the list include: Madison LeRoy of Bristol, President’s List.

Units responding for crash along Paris/Bristol border

At about 7:15 p.m., sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a cash in the 12200 block of Highway K along the Paris/Bristol border.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved. No injuries being reported at this time. Scene is blocking westbound lanes.

Paddock Lake to hold Earth Day litter pick-up on April 22; tree planting on April 27

Paddock Lake will be conducting an Earth Day litter and trash pick-up event on Monday, April 22, and an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony on Saturday, April 27.

The clean-up event will include public employees working with any resident wishing to participate to pick up trash within rights of way, parks and public grounds. Residents wishing to participate are asked to contact Village Hall at 843-2713. Village staff will coordinate volunteers to pick up trash and provide safety vests, trash bags, gloves and pick up sticks, said Tim Popanda, village administrator.

The village also will be planting a tree on April 27 at 9:45 a.m., at Village Hall. Included in the planting will be the hand-out of small saplings for anyone who attends.

Also starting on April 30, the village will be giving away free trees to village residents. The trees can be picked up at Village Hall, 6969 236th Ave., Paddock Lake.

Deaths April 18, 2019: Robert Boilini Jr.

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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A word from our sponsors: Westosha Falcons Youth Football 2019 registration dates announced

Note: This is a paid announcement from Westosha Falcons Youth Football. — DH

The Westosha Falcons Youth Football (WFYF) feeder football program invites local youth in 3rd through 8th grades (current grades 2nd -7th ) to join our 100 percent all-play football league for the 2017 season.

The WFYF league is Heads-Up Tackling Certified and develops positive athletes and young people both on and off the field. A focus on safety, 100% play, positive coaching, fundamentals, sportsmanship, and academics sets our program apart from the rest!

Early bird pricing is $175 until May 1 and $200 after that date, with a $25 registration discount per sibling. New player referral discount is available. Players may also register for summer camp ($40 fee) to be held July 9-11 at Central High School.

WFYF in person registration dates will be Wednesday evenings May 1, 15, 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Westosha Central High School lobby.

For more information or to register online visithttps://www.westoshafootball.org/

Brighton School honor roll third quarter 2018-19

Note: This post sponsored by Froedtert South. — DH

The following students were named to the Brighton School honor roll for the third quarter of the 2018-19 school year:

*Denotes Principal’s Honor Roll

Eighth Grade — Mikayla Amick, *Brayden Coots, * Aleah Daniels, *Austin Dawson, *Cate Debell, *Vivian Dufek, *Gabriell Eppers, *Clare Fallon, *Katelyn Griffey, James Hernandez, *Noelle Junig, *Delaney Koltanowski, Julia Krekling, *Rabeka Liberto, *Jesse Nau, *Nathan Nelson, Tristan Peyron, *Olivia Rasch, *Aidan Runyan, Jentry Shouse, *Lucas Sullivan, *Seth Taylor, *Cordelia Wallace.

Seventh Grade — Chloe Andersen, *Chloe Brown, Connor Brown, Waylon Brusky, *Jace Christensen, Tyler Goforth, *Jackson Golla, *Kendra Grashel, *Jakob Hiemstra, *Owen Keller, *Kyleigh Kevek, Kailee Krueger, *Lindsey Laitinen, Travis Larson, Andrew Lofgren, *Ethan Pedersen, *Chloe Rausch, *Samantha Rausch, *Paige Sullivan, Andrew Wolf.

Sixth Grade — *Brooke Bergman, *Caroline Canady, *Samuel Davis, *Kade Edwards, Aiden Ellerbrock, *Shelby Fabbri, *Alayna Fliess, Ben Haapanen, Christian Harpe, Maya Hernandez, Maxwell Jensen, *Alexandria Keller, *Mary Kinzler, Thomas Kirchner, *Anthony Lena, Jr., *Izabella Mager, Kasey Nau, *Sophia Paulowske, *Emmaline Pedersen, *Keira Peyron, Noah Rittmer, Janay Rothbauer.

Fifth Grade — Kenzie Blake, *Caileb Cerka, Emily Craven, *Jillian Daniels, *Kole Daniels, *Amelia Dufek, Sarah Eaton, Ryan Eppers, *Haley Fell, *Paxton Ferruzzi, Elliana Fliess, *Aiden Goetz, *Carter Harpe, *Jacob Junig, *Keighden Kevek, *Johnathan Klenke, Eliza Koski, *Cierra Perleberg, *Ava Rasch, *Isabella Rausch, *Hannah Smith.

Note: This post sponsored by Froedtert South. — DH

A word from our sponsors: Reliable Heating and Air Conditioning recognized for sales and growth; celebratory discount offered through April

Reliable Heating and Air Conditioning has again been recognized as a leader among southeastern Wisconsin HVAC companies.

Reliable was recently presented with awards for top sales and top growth by First Supply, a distributor of Comfortmaker products.

The awards recognize the volume of business done in 2018 by Reliable.

Rick Sheehan, Reliable owner, said achieving the awards is a group effort.

“It’s not just me; it’s us,” Sheehan said.

Sheehan said he is proud of Reliable’s standing in the community and thankful for his many longtime and new customers.

“We couldn’t do it without our customers,” Sheehan said.

As a thank you to its customers, Reliable is offering a 10 percent discount on service and new installations from now until May 1. Reliable also will beat all competitors’ quotes.

Reliable Heating and Air Conditioning is located at the corner of Highways 75 and K. Established by the Sheehan Family in 1985, Reliable has been serving the greater Kenosha Area ever since. Reliable specializes in the sales, service and installation of residential, commercial, and industrial HVAC equipment. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with emergency service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even holidays. Call 843-2865 or 537-4487.

“We just keep doing business the way we do business,” Sheehan said of his company’s 34 year tenure.

Jeffrey Alstadt is new Randall School District administrator

Jeffrey Alstadt /contributed photo

The Randall School Board hired a new district administrator Wednesday.

From a news release distributed Wednesday night:

Randall Consolidated School Board of Education is pleased to announce that they have selected Dr. Jeffrey Alstadt as the new District Administrator.  Dr. Alstadt will be replacing John Gendron, who is leaving to take the District Administrator position at Central High School. The Board unanimously selected Dr. Alstadt after two rounds of interviews. He is currently the District Administrator at Crescent-Iroquois CUSD 249, in Crescent City, IL. Randall Board President Jim O’Connell said Dr. Alstadt brings enthusiasm, strong communication skills, school finance skills, the ability to build relationships, and an impressive resume and track record of success. “We are excited to welcome Dr Alstadt to the Randall community and we look forward to introducing him in the near future. He has a true passion and enthusiasm for education and children. We believe our teachers, staff, parents, and students will find him to be dedicated, caring, and committed to ensure each child is supported at Randall.” Prior to his current role, Dr. Alstadt was a Superintendent Intern at Plano School District, in Plano IL, and for 5 years served as an Assistant Principal in the Chicago Public School District. O’Connell added “Dr. Alstadt stood out among the candidates for his student-based approach. We believe his experience and planning skills will allow Randall to continue to strive for excellence in the classroom, as well as meet our financial commitments to the community following our recent referendum.” The Wisconsin Association of School Boards served as the search firm for the District, guided by George Steffen.  Dr. Alstadt will officially begin as the District Administrator on July 1, 2019.

A word from our sponsors: 2019 in-person registration dates for Junior Panthers Football & Cheerleading coming up

Note: Western Kenosha County Youth Football and Cheer Program is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Western Kenosha County Youth Football and Cheer Program Junior Panthers is thrilled to begin its 20th season.

Junior Panthers has scheduled in-person registrations at Jr. Panther World Headquarters, 307 Lake St. in downtown Silver Lake. Upcoming in person registration dates and times are:

  • April 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • May 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • May 30 from 6 to p.m.

For more information or questions on tackle please contact Mike Gentile at wkcyfvptackle@gmail.com or for cheerleading questions contact Ashley Schaufel at wkcyfvpcheer@gmail.com.

More information on Junior Panthers football and cheerleading programs is available here.

Children’s Book Drive to benefit Friends of the Community Library is underway until April 24

A children’s book drive to benefit the Friends of the Community Library is underway.

Books collected are donated to the friends, and are then sold at the group’s book sales in Twin Lakes.

The children’s book drive was started last year by Amee Janus, the vice president of the Community Library Board of Trustees.

“I started this due to the lack of children’s books at these sales,” Janus said. “Reading is extremely important to me and should be encouraged to all children, including my own; that is the main reason I serve on the Community Library Board of Trustees.”

The money earned at these book sales is given to the Community Library to fund programs that are offered for free to adults and children in our community.

Drop off points for children’s books are: Salem Grade School, Trevor-Wilmot Grade School, Riverview School, Bristol School and Salem Lakes Village Hall.

The drive continues through April 24.

Contact Janus at ameejanus@gmail.com.

Deaths April 17, 2019: Gary J. Lyons

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The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Trevor man convicted in shooting deaths of Twin Lakes brothers

A Trevor man was convicted Tuesday of the homicide of two brothers outside a Twin Lakes bar in 2017.

Nathan A. Kivi, 26, was found guilty in a jury trial in Kenosha County Circuit Court of:

  • Two counts of first degree intentional homicide.
  • One count of possession of a firearm-convicted of a felony.
  • Two counts of bail jumping-felony.

Prosecutors said Kivi shot and killed Richard Samuel and Kenneth Samuel III outside a Twin Lakes bar on Nov. 24. Richard Samuel, 28, of Twin Lakes, was dead at the scene and Kenneth Samuel, 31, of Twin Lakes, was transported to Burlington Hospital, where he later died.

Sentencing for Kivi is set for June 3 in Judge Bruce Schroeder’s courtroom.

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Thunderstroms possible Wednesday night

Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

There’s a chance of a thunderstorm Wednesday night, says the latest, local National Weather Service forecast.

A storm is most likely between 11 a.m. and noon and then again 5 to 11 p.m.

Some chance of rain will persist into Friday.

Nancy Morey honored as 2019 Connie Reyes Award recipient

Nancy Morey, formerly of the Prevention Services Network, is the recipient of the 2019 Connie Reyes Award for Excellence in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention.

From a news release from the county executive’s office:

The former coordinator of a community collaboration dedicated to strengthening families through prevention is the recipient of the 2019 Connie Reyes Award for Excellence in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Nancy Morey received the honors during a ceremony at the Kenosha County Job Center (last week). Morey led the Prevention Services Network until her semiretirement at the end of June 2018. She remains involved as president of NJM Management Services, the firm with which Kenosha County contracts to administer Prevention Services Network. The Connie Reyes Award, now in its fifth year, honors Reyes, a Kenosha County social worker who was murdered on April 12, 1990, as a tragic result of her work serving children and families in the community.
County Executive Jim Kreuser said Morey’s efforts to help families to prevent child abuse and neglect are in keeping with the spirt of Reyes, who dedicated her career to strengthening families. “Preventing child abuse and neglect is at the core of our role in county government, to serve our most vulnerable citizens,” Kreuser said. “Nancy’s work with the Prevention Services Network and its Family Resource Center has helped greatly to advance that mission.” Morey, who has been involved with this work for a quarter century, said she is pleased with what PSN has accomplished over the years. She said data analysis bears out that prevention does make a difference, when it comes to preventing neglect and abuse. “It’s a great honor,” Morey said, of receiving the Reyes award. “I’m really proud of the work we’ve done.” The Prevention Services Network provides an array of community-based services that aim to prevent formal involvement in the child welfare and youth justice systems. These include service coordination, teen parent home visitation and family support programs, nurturing parent classes, intensive in-home services and an elementary school truancy reduction program. Access to these and other services is provided through the PSN Family Resource Center, located within the Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha. More information is available online at https://www.psnfamilyresourcecenter.com , or by phone at 262-697-4651.
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Secretary-designee Emilie Amundson, who was a special guest at the award presentation, commended the work of Morey and PSN. “Nancy’s story is intertwined with that of the Prevention Services Network,” Amundson said. “I’m so impressed with the level of coordination happening in this program. From health care to school to parenting classes, PSN is positioned to be a model for maltreatment prevention for other counties.” Several of Morey’s colleagues nominated her for the Connie Reyes Award. In their nominating documents, they praised Morey’s passion and commitment to improving the well-being of children and families, her fierce drive and advocacy, and her work to raise community awareness of child abuse and neglect. Ron Rogers, director of the Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services, noted one particular comment about Morey, made by DCFS Lead Social Work Supervisor Nancy Ramsey. “I know very few people who would have continued so steadfastly on her course for so many years to accomplish a vision that was not for personal benefit,” Ramsey said, of Morey. “Her work and vision has always been selfless, profound and on behalf of children and families and what they need to be stronger, happier, safer and more resilient.”

Bristol School Board extends contract offer to school administrator, business manager

The Bristol School Board unanimously voted to extend contract offers to a business manager and a school administrator at Monday’s board meeting.

The action was the last to be taken by members of the outgoing board. In the April 2 election three newcomers and one incumbent were elected to the five-member board. The new board will take over at the next board meeting.

Both votes were unanimous and took place in open session after a closed session.

The business manager will replace Judy Dabbs, who is retiring.

The school administrator will fill a “principal role,” district administrator Michael Juech said to westofthei.com via email in answer to a question about the position.

Longtime Principal Jeff Terry did not return this school year from a leave. Tom Whitford was introduced as the interim principal at a Jan. 9 board meeting.

Outgoing board President Andrew Boncher said Monday the board was not going to disclose who the selected candidates were until they had a chance to react to the contract offers out of respect for the candidates. No details of the contract such as compensation were disclosed. Boncher expected an announcement to be available by the end of the week.

Members of the outgoing board defended the decision to vote on filling these postions in their last meeting. Several pointed out that the process has been sufficient to identify the best candidates and was not a snap decision.

“I’m a fact gatherer,” said Boncher, who will not be returning to the board next month.

Board member Doug O’Reilly, appointed to fill a vacancy in January and who did not run for re-election, said the business manager hire was time sensitive to act on a highly qualified candidate and give that person time to work along side Dabbs before she leaves the district.

“I feel very confident,” O’Reilly said. “It wasn’t taken lightly.”

Board member Justin Miller, who was re-elected to a board seat on April 2, said he heard from many individuals about the positions.

“I think we made a decision based on what was best for the district,” Miller said.

Board member Melissa Heirford also defended the timing of the decision, saying it was not too brief.

“This was hours of discussion to try to decide what was best for Bristol School,” Heriford said.

None of the new incoming board members chose to directly criticize the timing of the contract offers when contacted by westofthei.com.

“I look forward to serving the community and am excited to move Bristol forward,” said Lauren Woolard.

“I will continue to advocate for students, teachers, staff and our community,” said Stephanie Buttenhoff.

Sue Kratowicz did not return a respond to a request for comment sent via email.

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