Thursday, January 17, 2013

Why it's no longer the 'complaint' department

Our suburban weekly's police blotter includes: 'A 28-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for disorderly conduct after he caused a disturbance by yelling and screaming at the customer service counter at Walmart...'

In other local news:

Police, schools stay vigilant about safety. Addressing the Franklin Common Council, '[Police Chief Rick] Oliva called the lack of a police liaison officer in the schools 'a gap' he would like to see closed. A previous liaison position, funded 50-50 by the city and schools, that had existed for more than a decade was eliminated by the district three years ago, he said." Brian Maersch posts a comment that according to the November [30th] 2011 school board meeting minutes, 'Deb Larson (then Board President) and Melissa Klein voted to eliminate from Board Policy the requirement of Police Liaison Officer. The record also shows, departing board member Jeff Traylor voting against the Liaison Officer also along with Linda Witkowski and Tim Nielson. Steve Patz was on board with the elimination too. ...
'Despite Police Chief Richard Oliva recommending against eliminating the officer. Current Board President Janet Evans was the ONLY member voting to keep the position as a Board Policy. ...'

Franklin opens discussion about grading practices. That's student grading, not construction grading. [Pleasant View Elementary School Principal Jamie] Foeckler says 'We're looking at breaking it [testing] down further for more specific feedback, so kids can see 'where I need to improve.' " A 40 member Grading For Learning committee will be holding 'three informational programs'. First one tonight, 6-7:30 p.m., at Pleasant View Elementary School.

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