Friday, August 10, 2012
Huge donation benefits the school district's arts and music programs.
The School District of Waukesha is due to receive a $45,000 windfall, thanks to Waukesha GuitarTown and the Gibson Foundation. In making the donation, GuitarTown hits a high note with the school district. "It's just a fantastic surprise," said Superintendent Todd Gray. "This is a huge donation and this will be very well-used in the music and art departments." According to its website, Waukesha GuitarTown Project's mission is to "raise funds to better the lives of those served by local charitable organizations, including Waukesha school music and art programs, the new Waukesha County Museum Les Paul exhibit, and the new Waukesha Community Health Center." There are "no strings attached" for the gift, other than putting the GuitarTown logo on…
Monday, March 5, 2012
Read Across America was celebrated by area schools on Friday.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Schools across the country celebrated Read Across America Day on Friday, which was also Dr. Seuss’ birthday. In Waukesha, Superintendent Todd Gray donned a red and white hat and read The Cat in the Hat to children at Hawthorne Elementary School.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Superintendent Todd Gray says the district is looking into the possibility.
With the costs of iPads and Netbooks decreasing, the Waukesha School Board could eventually become paperless. The Waukesha School District will begin exploring the possibility of electronic packets, according to Superintendent Todd Gray. Agendas and documents would be delivered via the Internet instead of its current practice of board members receiving paper packets. In addition to staff time putting the packets together and delivering the documents to board members, the paper savings would outweigh the cost, according to Gray. “It would be a lot cheaper,” commented Board Member Barb Brzenk.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Waukesha School Board approves agreement with other districts regarding teacher evaluations.
The Waukesha School District, along with other districts in the area, isn’t waiting for the state to tell them what to do regarding teacher evaluations. In response to Gov. Scott Walker’s initiative in school accountability, the Waukesha School Board on Wednesday approved joining a consortium of other districts in southeastern Wisconsin to develop a teacher evaluation plan and sharing the fees and expenses for the new plan. Districts representing about 56,000 students have committed to signing the consortium agreement, with others possible, according to School Superintendent Todd Gray. “We want a consistent format in the event that the governor or the legislature says everyone has to follow the same format,” Gray said. “We know something …
Saturday, September 17, 2011
In response to recent media reports about rehiring retirees, superintendent tells school board they aren't rehiring many and only when necessary.
The Waukesha School District has hired some retirees back but only in necessary situations and, in many cases, the rehires could end-up saving the district money in benefits and with efficiencies, according to Superintendent Todd Gray. Wednesday night, the Waukesha School Board approved the resignations of five teachers, the hiring of 22 full-time teachers or staff members, the part-time rehiring of four staff members who had retired and 17 part-time contracts with teachers or staff members. The record number of people retiring at the end of last year put the district in “dire straits” for some specialized programs, however the amount of rehires is small, although it may be more than in past year, according to Gray. “We’ve not made a …