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News & Notes: Dec. 13

Dec. 13, 2011

School district becoming poorer, more diverse

Greendale - A Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance report indicates that the school district is becoming poorer and more diverse.

Specifically, the report comparing 31 area districts said that over the past 10 years, the Greendale district's poverty rate increased from 10.4 percent to 19.4 percent and its minority population grew from 10.9 percent to 17.7 percent.

District Business Manager Erin Green attributed that spike to the economic downturn, as incomes and property values slide.

"The rising minority and poverty rates are in line with what is happening statewide," she said.

At the same time, Green said, district reading scores as measured by the Wisconsin Knowledge Concepts Examination place Greendale students well above their surrounding counterparts. In 2010, 89.2 percent of 10th-graders ranked as proficient or advanced in reading; the only area district with a higher 10th-grade ranking that year was Whitefish Bay, at 93.2 percent.

"We are able to maintain high achievement levels and not see that achievement gap (associated with increased poverty)," she said.

Showtime Cinema sold to Marcus Theatres

Franklin - Marcus Theatres announced it is purchasing the 12-screen Showtime Cinema, 8910 S. 102nd St.

The name will remain unchanged when the purchase is finalized, which was to happen Wednesday.

In a release, Marcus Theatres President Bruce J. Olson said there are no immediate plans for remodeling, but some cosmetic improvements will be made in the coming months.

"The biggest improvement will be all new digital projection and sound systems," he said.

The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Franklin considers senior citizen park

Franklin - It's a new idea to this country, but the city's park commissioners are considering creating an outdoor recreation area for senior citizens.

Orrin Sumwalt, a planner for the city, said the idea, generated by Park Commissioner Don Dorson, is in its infancy.

"The idea is still gaining traction," he said.

However, Sumwalt has been researching costs of low-impact elliptical exercise equipment for Lions Legend Park for area seniors.

"It's within close proximity to City Hall, which provides a senior lunch program," he said. "We have a large aging baby boomer population in the city."

Funding, he said, is not secure, and the city's outdoor recreation plan would have to be amended to use park-designated impact fees.

For that reason, Sumwalt said the idea is stalled, and no timeline for the proposal has been set.

Greendale Woman's Club again offers scholarships

Greendale - As it has in the past, the Greendale Woman's Club will be offering two $1,500 scholarships.

To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must be a female or male graduating senior that lives in Greendale or be a daughter, son, granddaughter, or grandson of a Greendale Woman's Club member.

A student must be attending a full time course of study leading to a degree/certificate from a college/university, vocational, technical or business school.

Greendale Woman's Club scholarship applications are available at Greendale High School online, or contact Scholarship Chairperson Judy Fons (414) 421-3519.

Applications must be completed and returned by April 18. For information, contact Judy Fons.

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