Following a walk-through of district schools earlier this week by a expert in the field of school safety, school officials heard a list of recommendations on boosting the safety and security of their buildings.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Monday, September 17, 2012
As the village and school district prepare to finalize budgets, they say all they can do is wait and see what happens after the state's collective bargaining law was ruled unconstitutional on Friday.
Municipal and school district leaders are left pondering, "What's next?" after Friday's ruling that the state’s collective bargaining law is unconstitutional. Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas' ruling on Act 10 came out of the blue and at a time when municipalities and school districts are in the middle of budget planning for the next fiscal year, or putting the finishing touches on budgets. School District Superintendent Martin Lexmond said like many school district across the state, Shorewood is in "wait and see mode." "We’re paying attention to any new information about how to respond," Lexmond added. The teacher's union has been in contract negotiations with the district, and Lexmond said he hasn't been approached by rank-and-file …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Shorewood Supt. Martin Lexmond said the proposal — which would replace the current high school assessment with a four-test ACT suite administered to high school students starting in 2014-15 — provides an opportunity to better measure student growth.
The Wisconsin Department of Instruction is hoping to usher in a new era of learning and assessment at every high school in the state. State Superintendent Tony Evers on Wednesday announced a proposal to replace the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) with a suite of ACT assessments to measure student learning and better prepare the state’s youth for post-secondary education careers. “This is really a historic day in Wisconsin,” Evers said. “We’re moving to a different place in the state, and we need to make sure every student is adequately and significantly prepared for their future careers.” Evers said the assessment suite would include four different tests, which would be paid for and provided by the state. Students would…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Teachers will have a handbook in place which will define work rules when they report for school Sept. 4, but officials said they will revisit the document this winter.
The Shorewood School District will have an employee handbook in place when teachers report for the first day of school Sept. 4. Nearly a year to the day the Shorewood School Board vowed to work with educators on a new employee handbook — even though negotiations between the district and teachers are now limited to wages under state law — school officials unanimously approved the document Tuesday night. The new handbook will define work rules on matters that used to be negotiated with the teachers union, such as benefits, hours and more. "I think it's been a very smart process here, even though I only been a part of it for eight weeks," new Superintendent Martin Lexmond said. "It's clearly been collaborative when we backtracked all the …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Shorewood Patch sat down with Lexmond for a Q&A on how he’s preparing for his new role and the year ahead.
Sept. 4 will mark the first day of school in Shorewood, but also new Superintendent Martin Lexmond’s first year in the district. Shorewood Patch sat down with Lexmond for a Q&A on how he’s preparing for his new role and the year ahead. Why Shorewood? I’ve watched Shorewood from a distance for a longtime. I’ve worked in Milwaukee Public Schools and had the opportunity to become a high school principal, and because of another opportunity decided to stay in Milwaukee doing really interesting work and so Shorewood has always been on my radar. I spent two years in Kohler. If it had not been for the Shorewood opening, I would still be in Kohler. I wasn’t looking for a job, I was very happy in Kohler. I had two really good years, and it was a …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Officials approved a two-year contract with a $150,000 annual salary, along with a minimum 1.5 percent increase in the second year and first extension, for new Shorewood superintendent Martin Lexmond.
The Shorewood School Board put the final stamp on Martin Lexmond taking the helm as superintendent, unanimously approving a two-year pact Tuesday. The contract, which covers the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, calls for a $150,000 salary and no less than a 1.5 percent increase after the first year, and the first extension of the contract. The contract goes into effect on July 1, when Lexmond takes over. "I'm really looking forward to getting started," Lexmond said Tuesday. "Just being present and interacting with teachers, and interacting with the community really starts the learning process and even adds to the excitement." Lexmond was selected as Shorewood's next school chief early last week, after a four-month search. He comes from …
Monday, June 4, 2012
Lexmond, superintendent and principal at Kohler Public Schools for the past two years, beat out current Lake Bluff Elementary School Principal Kirk Juffer for the post.
After a four-month search, school officials announced Martin Lexmond will take over as superintendent of the Shorewood School District this summer. “It is truly humbling to have an opportunity to serve the Shorewood community. Shorewood is known and respected for its commitment to student excellence,” Lexmond said in a prepared statement issued by the district. “I am excited to lead a team with such an enthusiasm for the education of its children.” Lexmond, superintendent and principal at Kohler Public Schools for the past two years, beat out current Lake Bluff Elementary School Principal Kirk Juffer for the post. He'll take over as head of Shorewood schools on July 1. Lexmond has previously been the director of curriculum and instruction …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Board members fielded range of comments from community members during Tuesday's meeting, then went into closed session to discuss the hire. No firm date was set for completing the process.
The Shorewood School Board, on its last leg of a search for a new district superintendent, fielded a wide range of comments from community members Tuesday during its regular meeting. Community members voiced their support for both finalists: Kirk Juffer, principal at Lake Bluff Elementary School, and Martin Lexmond, superintendent of the Kohler Public School District in Kohler. "I was impressed with Mr. Lexmond," said resident Mark Sweet. "I thought he was optimistic and excited. He came across as a solid, optimistic and stable force." Lexmond has been the superintendent and principal in Kohler for two years. Prior to that, he was the director of curriculum and instruction as well as the director of the Department of School Innovation at …
Friday, May 18, 2012
In addition to the videos, school officials will allow public comment on the candidates at their regular School Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 in the Shorewood High School Library.
UPDATED Sunday, May 20 10:23 a.m.: Four video clips of community meetings with the two superintendent finalists have been attached to this article. Video of meetings held this week introducing the two finalists for Shorewood’s next school district superintendent to the community is to be viewable on the district’s website by Saturday morning, the district says. Tuesday and Thursday the finalists Lake Bluff Principal Kirk Juffer and Superintendent of the Kohler Public School District in Kohler, Wis. Martin Lexmond met with community members and stakeholders. In addition to the videos, school officials will allow public comment on the candidates at their regular School Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 in the Shorewood High …