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Report: New Berlin superintendent could get $245K salary, 5-year contract

April 20, 2011 11:06 a.m. | A New York school board is slated to vote on approving a five-year contract to hire Paul Kreutzer, currently superintendent of the New Berlin School District, the district announced on its website.

Details of the contract agreement will not to be released until Saturday, three days before the Katonah-Lewisboro Board of Education is expected to vote on it.

report on says that Kreutzer is to earn a $245,000 salary. That amount is far above the $166,089 that he was paid in New Berlin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The Katonah-Lewisboro school system has fewer students and schools than New Berlin.

Kreutzer's new annual salary would be only the median average in pricey Westchester County, according to But by enacting the lengthy contract next week, the school board would put it into effect before a new salary cap proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo becomes law that would restrict Kreutzer's salary to $165,000 annually.

"We know Dr. Kreutzer is going to be an excellent, results-driven Superintendent for our schools," Katonah-Lewisboro board president Michael Gordon is quoted as saying on the school district's website. "He brings strong skills as an educational leader to our district. He is well-qualified to tackle the near-term and long-term issues we face, while maintaining and improving the educational quality of our program."

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9:28 a.m. | Muskego — The Muskego Police Department last week opened enrollment in a new voluntary program designed to increase the safety and security of residents with special needs.

The purpose of the program is to identify children and adults with special needs. Having prior knowledge of a person's special needs, such as autism, hearing impairment, emotional or behavioral impairment, limited cognitive and communicative abilities or dementia will help police and emergency personnel resolve calls more effectively and safely, police said.

The program is called M-S.N.A.P., which stands for the Muskego Special Needs Awareness Program. There also is a senior component for those at least 65 years old. It's called M- S.N.A.P. Silver.

The program was inspired by a difference in the way children and adults are cared for now.

"We noticed in the last several years more and more families choosing to care for loved ones in the home," said Lt. David Constantineau.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 19

Sept. 19, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Big conference games and intercity rivalries were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 5 on Sept. 19.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 5.

Tosa West rushes to 31-10 win over Eisenhower

Sept. 19, 2014 10:09 p.m. | Wauwatosa West rushed for 379 yards and four touchdowns, and the defense didn’t allow a touchdown as the Trojans rolled to a 31-10 victory over New Berlin Eisenhower on Sept. 19 at home.

The Trojans improved to 1-2 in the Woodland West Division and 3-2 overall, while the Lions fell to 1-2 and 2-3 overall.

West’s star running back senior Demaris Purifoy rushed for 216 yards on 20 carries (10.8 average) and two touchdowns, while junior Truman Tyson ran for 61 yards in 7 carries (8.7) and a score. Sophomore Paris Howell added 60 yards on 11 carries (5.5) and a TD.

“I’m super happy,” Howell said. “Our team came out, executed, did what we needed to do. I love playing with Demaris. He is one of the elite backs. Whenever I get the ball, he blocks for me. Whenever he gets the ball, I block for him. He’s just a real dynamic player.”

West coach Matt Good knows that both Howell and Tyson will have to play a role the rest of the way as teams try to stop Purifoy.

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All escape from devastating duplex fire in Muskego

Sept. 18, 2014 2:15 p.m. | All those living in a two-family Muskego duplex escaped a fire that engulfed the side-by-side structure about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17.

One resident was treated for smoke inhalation and released at the scene.

The blaze was in the 14900 block of West Cornell Circle in Muskego. The Tess Corners Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from New Berlin, Franklin, Vernon and Hales Corners.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

New Berlin schools "exceed expectations" on state report card

Sept. 18, 2014 11:31 a.m. | All six schools in the New Berlin School District increased their scores from 2013 to 2014 on the state-issued District and School Report Cards while six Muskego-Norway schools improved and two lost some ground.

All the New Berlin schools exceeded expectations and once again Elmwood Elementary School was in the "significantly exceeded expectations" category, as it was last year.

Two Muskego schools significantly exceeded expectations, five exceeded expectations and one met expectations.

The District and School Report Cards issued last week by the state Department of Public Instruction are intended to offer a better picture of how well individual schools prepare students to graduate ready for college and career.

Overall scores are based on four priority areas, each with its own rating of 0 to 100.

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City would pay $1.2 million to man shot by cops in home

Sept. 17, 2014 3:45 p.m. | The City of Milwaukee would pay $1.2 million to a Franklin man shot by city police in his home in 2006 during a SWAT team's forced entry and search of the residence, under a proposed settlement to be considered Tuesday by the Common Council.

Settlement negotiations were set in motion last November when a federal jury hearing the man's lawsuit against the city found that a police detective lied on a search warrant affidavit requesting the "no knock" warrant. A court commissioner approved the warrant allowing a SWAT team to break into the home of Richard Betker.

Betker was injured by police gunfire and suffered permanent disability, including the loss of a finger, in the August 2006 incident. Betker and his wife, Sharon, sued the city in federal court in 2008, claiming police violated their constitutional rights, specifically the fourth amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures. The couple's attorney called it a home invasion.

City Attorney Grant Langley has advised the Common Council to approve the settlement. This week, the council's Judiciary & Legislation Committee unanimously endorsed the proposal. The Finance & Personnel Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution to borrow the funds.

The officer in the incident, Detective Rodolfo Gomez Jr., got a tip in August 2006 about illegal weapons in the Betker home.

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Muskego duplex fire displaces residents

Sept. 17, 2014 2:32 p.m. | A fire displaced several residents of a duplex in Muskego on Wednesday.

Muskego police and Tess Corners firefighters were called to the W14900 block of Cornell Circle at 11:34 a.m. Firefighters from New Berlin, Franklin, Vernon and Hales Corners also were summoned to the fire.

All residents were evacuated before firefighters arrived and one resident was treated for smoke inhalation. The Red Cross is assisting the residents. The origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 4.

Proposed school purchase clears major hurdle in New Berlin

Sept. 12, 2014 5:45 p.m. | The way appears to be clear for the Heritage Christian Schools to operate out of the former Glen Park Elementary School in New Berlin as early as next fall.

The New Berlin Plan Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved site and operations plans for the school. But that approval came only after intense work between the architect and the city to make sure there would be enough on-site parking.

Now school officials will firm up their initial financing approval and will buy the school from the New Berlin school District for $1.75 million. School officials said they expect Glen Park will be ready for the high and middle school students by next fall. A large high school addition is planned for the north side of the building.

The elementary children, now at two separate locations in New Berlin and Brookfield, will move in later.

Milwaukee man charged with homicide in car chase ending in shooting

Sept. 09, 2014 1:26 p.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man was charged Monday with killing a man with a gunshot to the head during what a witness said was car chase sparked by a heroin deal gone bad.

Daven Dodson is charged with one count of first-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon; one count of recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon; and one count of possession of firearm by a felon.

If convicted on all counts, he faces 92 years in prison.

According to a criminal complaint:

A witness told police that on Sept. 3rd, he and another man, Joel Michael Dammann, parked their car behind the Milwaukee Airport Inn in the 1700 block of W. Layton Ave. Dammann, the witness said, gave Dodson money in return for drugs, and the witness and Dammann then drove away.

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Cleveland-Calhoun project in New Berlin delayed a year

Sept. 08, 2014 6:03 p.m. | A project to improve the Cleveland Avenue intersection with Calhoun Road has been delayed until 2015, according to a letter from Allison Bussler, county director of public works, to New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament.

The project was to begin this month and end in October. But the county received only one bid for the work, which was more than $650,000 higher than the county engineer's estimate and beyond the county's available budget. The project had already been scaled down from a previous plan, but the bid was almost equal to the original estimated cost, Bussler said.

Bussler said the short timeline late in the construction season may be part of the reason only one bid came in. The county will rebid the project in January and push construction ahead to next summer.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 3.

Botched snaps, big rally help Ike stun West

Sept. 05, 2014 10:46 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower rallied from a 21-10 deficit to defeat New Berlin West, 22-21, on Friday before a packed house at Eisenhower. But it took two botched field goal attempts to assure the win in the final 5 seconds.

Junior running back Jordan Canady scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 43 seconds left in the game to give the Lions the 1-point lead in the annual battle of crosstown rivals.

West ran the kick back to the 32-yard line, then Max Meleski ran 20 yards up the middle of the field. On 3rd and 8 yards to go on Ike’s 46, West quarterback John Kozlowski hit Xavier Rodriguez with a 22-yard pass between two Ike defenders, and Rodriguez raced to the 24 yard line.

West moved to the 9-yard line on a run by Kozlowski and a pass to Eric Kennedy, then Kozlowski fumbled the snap from center.

With 5 seconds left, West lined up and attempted a 27-yard field goal by Terry Gress, who stepped into the kicking role when Nate Erhmann was lost with an injury in the first game of the year. Gress was 1-for-2 in extra points in the game.

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Muskego runs wild on Waukesha South, putting a damper on Blackshirts' home opener

Sept. 05, 2014 10:13 p.m. | Ryan Borton and the rest of the Muskego rushing attack was simply too much for Waukesha South.

Behind 236 yards rushing and five touchdowns, the Warriors' senior running back led Muskego to a 63-28 victory over Waukesha South on Friday night to put a damper on South's home opener at its new football complex.

Five of Borton's eight rushing attempts went for touchdowns, with three of them being more than 60 yards. Overall, Borton averaged a staggering 29.5 yards per carry. 

James Schwabe was no slouch, either.

The Muskego senior rushed for 123 yards on just 10 attempts and scored two touchdowns. His touchdown runs went for 60 and 25 yards. 

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Little Muskego Lake project back with lower density

Sept. 05, 2014 3:43 p.m. | After Muskego refused to allow a high-density home/condominium project on the shores of Little Muskego Lake, the developer is back with a proposal that he says is the medium density that the city wants.

Michael Dillworth of Ener-Con Companies, Greenfield, has proposed five garden homes and a 12-unit multifamily building for Janesville Road just east of Pioneer Drive.

The city's definition of medium density is 2.99 living units per acre and as submitted the project density would be three units per acre.

A public hearing is slated before the Muskego Common Council for Tuesday, Sept. 23, with Plan Commission review on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The plan could go to the Common Council as soon as Oct. 14.

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