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Lake Geneva avoids teacher, staff layoffs

Concessions lead to necessary budgetary reductions

March 10, 2011
Leaders in the Lake Geneva Schools have done what many other district officials in Wisconsin dream of being able to do. Last week, Lake Geneva teachers, support staff and administrators agreed to a two-year wage freeze and to pay more for their pensions and health insurance in exchange for the likelihood that there will be no layoffs or reduction in programming in the 2011-12 school year. With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget cuts and repair bill looming, Lake Geneva teachers and staff agreed to reopen their contracts. The negotiations took about two weeks to complete.

Arrests made in sexual assaults

March 10, 2011
Since the start of the year, there have been six reported sexual assaults in the city of Lake Geneva. It's a number that concerns Police Chief Michael Rasmussen. "The year is just starting out, so it is kind of scary," he said about the high number.

Purchase could expand trail

January 20, 2011
Lake Geneva city officials are a few steps closer to purchasing about 60 acres of environmentally sensitive land which weaves along the White River through the former Hillmoor property. While the long-term future of the Hillmoor land remains unknown, the city apparently is moving toward buying part of the property with help from a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Rivers Grant. City Administrator Dennis Jordan said the 50-50 grant is expected to be about $90,000. He said the city will have to chip in the same amount as the state.

Historians want to save theater

January 20, 2011
Since the summer of 1928, the Geneva Theater has been a fixture in downtown Lake Geneva. For a long time, it was the only theater in the area. But, things have changed. The property has been on the market for $949,000. Now, with a possible purchase of the property in the works, some local historians are hoping a piece of the building's history can be saved. Lake Geneva Historic Preservation Committee Chairman Ken Etten said a number of interested community members have met to discuss the future of the building. He also has discussed the possibilities with local leaders and groups.

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Schools hoping for no layoffs in 2011-12
March 03, 2011
For the time being, teachers in the Lake Geneva Joint 1 and Badger High school districts can breathe a sigh of relief.Unlike other schools in the area and state, no teachers in either district have received notices of contract nonrenewals for the 2011-12 school year.However, with unknown answers regarding limited collective bargaining and state school aid funding, local School Boards, teachers unions and administrators will continue discussions to determine how to deal with possible future budget shortfalls.
City will borrow more for capital projects
March 03, 2011
Two weeks ago, Lake Geneva city officials approved borrowing more than $1.93 million to pay for capital projects such as road repairs and other equipment.On Monday night the council added 16 more items and $220,000 in more borrowing to that total for computers, lawn mowers, a copy machine, squad car cameras and improvements to the fire station among other items.Following a lengthy discussion and an initial failure to add a number of items totaling $190,000 to the borrowing, the council voted individually on each of the 23 items previously listed by aldermen as medium level needs, which totaled $386,000.
Making her mark in Blues
February 24, 2011
With her flowing hair bouncing and her infectious smile filling with excitement, Geneva Red could barely sit in her chair at a local restaurant as she told story after story about the people she’s met during her famed music career.But, she wasn’t boasting or trying to impress. She wasn’t trying to garner attention from others in the restaurant. Instead, her stories seemed more like an unassuming thank you to everyone who has helped her along the way and a personal reminder that she will never let any of them down.Those are all the reasons why Geneva Red probably is the most famous Lake Geneva resident you’ve never heard of.
Joining union fight — on their own time
Lake Geneva Schools business as usual during battle in Madison
February 24, 2011
While school districts in the Madison and Milwaukee areas closed for days last week because teachers called out sick to protest at the State Capitol, work in the Lake Geneva Schools has continued pretty much as normal.Thousands of teachers and other public employees from around the state have descended on Madison to voice their displeasure of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal that would require many public employees to contribute a higher percentage of their pay to their pensions and health insurance and basically put an end to collective bargaining.But, according to local school officials, Lake Geneva teachers have not called out sick in favor of carrying signs and chanting in the Capitol rotunda.
Newspaper receives five statewide awards
February 17, 2011
Appleton — The Lake Geneva Regional News and Resorter hauled in some hardware Friday night at the 157th annual Wisconsin Newspaper Association convention.The Regional News received four awards, including two firsts, in the 2010 Better Newspaper contest, while the Resorter received one award in the better advertising contest.Editor Lisa Seiser attended the awards ceremony to accept all five the honors for the newspaper company.
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