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Board may change teachers' contract

June 30, 2011
Walworth — Under a new proposal, if there are layoffs at Big Foot High School, it won't necessarily affect the newest teacher. Performance evaluations, academic credentials and National Board Certifications also will be considered when cuts are needed. A new evaluation model also may be used to provide economic incentives to distinguished teachers. During the Big Foot School Board's June meeting, the district's administration and members of the Teacher's Union discussed proposed changes to the teacher's contract and a new evaluation model.
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Graduate film student sets stage in Fontana

June 30, 2011
Fontana — Using the village as his backdrop, a graduate student at the University of Southern California has brought his cinematic vision to life. A couple weeks ago, Joselito Seldera, who attended Reek and Fontana Elementary Schools and Big Foot High School, filmed his movie, "Unsettled," at Chucks Lake Shore Inn, Reid Park and in the homes of village residents. Unsettled," which Seldera described as a "coming of age" movie, is a requirement for his graduation. However, he also plans on showing his work at Sundance and Cannes film festivals and his goal is to turn it into a full-length movie.

Recent Geneva Lake West
New fire engine sports black paint, safety improvements
June 23, 2011
Walworth — The village’s new $387,000 fire engine — which will replace one that is 23 years old — soon will be responding to emergency calls in the area.The Pierce custom-built engine arrived more than 20 days ago, but wasn’t immediately put on the road.With new technology and safety features, Fire Chief Andy Long wanted to make sure his volunteer squad was properly trained on the engine before it hit the streets.
Failure to report?
Sex acts allegedly occurred in church, school
June 23, 2011
Elkhorn — A former Walworth minister may not be the only adult who will face charges of failing to report child abuse or neglect, according to Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss.“There could be potential for other defendants depending on where this case goes,” Koss said in a telephone interview on Monday.Joseph R. Fultz, 47, of 103 Prairie Drive, Walworth, former pastor of Grace Evangelical Church, Walworth, is charged with five misdemeanor counts of failing to report child abuse or neglect.
Considering repairs to worst roads
June 16, 2011
Fontana — Roads plagued with potholes wear out the wheels and shocks of the vehicles that bump along them.Fontana residents are tired of the road problems, and village officials are well aware of it.During the Village Board’s June night meeting, Trustee George Spadoni asked Public Works Director Craig Workman to obtain quotes to repair what are viewed as the village’s four worst thoroughfares — Dewey Avenue, Stearns Road, Lake Street and Shabbona Drive.
Vorlop retires
June 16, 2011
Williams Bay — Dr. Fred Vorlop, superintendent of Williams Bay School District for the past decade, announced his retirement effective Sept. 1, according to Kim Travis, Williams Bay School Board presidentVorlop made his announcement to the school board by e-mail early Tuesday, June 14, Travis said in an interview on Tuesday. The School Board met Monday, June 13, but nothing was said about his retirement at the meeting, she said.“The school board wishes him the best in his retirement,” Travis said. “He’s been a pleasure to work with. We will miss him.”
Butters ready for principal’s chair at Williams Bay
Student teaching career began there in 1986
June 09, 2011
Williams Bay — Barry Butters started his career as a student teacher in Williams Bay.This summer, he will return, but this time as the principal of the Williams Bay Junior/Senior High School. He was hired by the Williams Bay School Board on May 23 over 48 other applicants.Butters, 49, will take over for Dan Bice, who retired after 21 years as principal in Williams Bay. Bice started teaching in Williams Bay in 1974 and was named principal of the junior/senior high school in 1990.
CDA budget mostly zeros
Deficit projection higher than last year’s budget estimate
June 09, 2011
Fontana — The expenditure lines in the Community Development Authority’s budget are mostly filled with zeros.In fact, this year there will be no spending on any projects. Instead, the CDA will only shell out funds toward two line items — debt payments, for interest and principal.Despite the absence of new spending, the CDA’s budget is projected to come in $121,807 in the red. The CDA’s budget coming in negative isn’t a surprise, but this deficit projection is about $35,000 more than the $87,000 deficit budgeted for last year.
Bay top students friends with little in common
Stilin, Fries were co-valedictorians as eighth-graders
June 02, 2011
Williams Bay — As of a week ago, the valedictory for the Williams Bay High School graduating class still was not done.But don’t worry, valedictorian Allison Stilin and salutatorian Sara Fries, are working on it. They promised to have it ready for the June 2 graduation ceremony.
Big Foot’s top students prepare for big plans
Gottman becomes a Badger, Kinerk heads to Ball State
June 02, 2011
Walworth — The valedictorian and salutatorian at Big Foot High School may both have excelled academically, but are planning different paths for when they leave the school next week.Jordan Gottman, the school’s valedictorian, is heading to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he plans to study actuarial science — a discipline that assesses risk in the insurance and financial industries. While the salutatorian, Angela Kinerk, is heading to Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., to study music education.
District looks at repairs, upgrades
This summer, Big Foot wants to repair roof, build wireless Internet Infrastructure
May 26, 2011
Walworth — Big Foot High School officials are hoping to borrow money this summer in order to fund building repairs and create a wireless Internet infrastructure. In 2000, the school had a large addition and renovation, which required a 20-year loan. District Administrator Dorothy Kaufmann said the repairs to the school are needed to protect the investment taxpayers made when the school was renovated 11 years ago.“We want to maintain that, we put a lot of money into the building, and the taxpayers expects us, and they should expect us, to keep up the building,” Kaufmann said.
Man assaults woman at Inspiration Ministries
Suspect a registered sex offender
May 26, 2011
Town of Walworth — A registered sex offender walked on to a Christian campus for disabled adults and allegedly fondled an elderly, wheelchair-bound resident.Bobby L. Byers, 45, who was convicted in 1989 of second-degree sexual assault and has numerous additional misdemeanor convictions for lewd and lascivious behavior, now faces misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct in relation to the incident. Both charges have been elevated to repeater status. An Inspiration Ministries employee told police she saw the man hugging a physically-disabled 73-year-old woman, according to the criminal complaint.
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