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OPINION: ‘Tis the Season

OPINION: ‘Tis the Season

by | Nov 7, 2015 | 4 comments

It happened this morning.

I came home from Saturday errands and (yippee!) on my door was my first political flyer of the season. Tim Johnson, who is running for Milwaukee County Board, left some info on my door that was redder than the leaves I’ve been blowing out of my yard all week.

Johnson says he is a “fiscal and social” conservative, pro-public safety and is “opposed to sweetheart corporate welfare”. Oh, and he’s not a politician. But, he does have a Facebook page — if you want to check him out.

I’m a little behind checking agendas and minutes from our local government. Rest assured, there’s always a little (soapy) drama going on behind the scenes.

I hear the tennis courts at the Community Center are not in good shape and it will cost $600,000 to fix. I’m not sure if that bill gets bounced to Park and Rec and the schools or to the Village (or both). It got me to wondering about the artificial turf over at Gavinski Stadium. How is it holding up?

Planning for the new fire station is moving forward. Last I heard, we needed some new maps because evidently Northway isn’t exactly where it is supposed to be — at least according to the maps we have now.

The Rock vs. Greendale saga continues. In October, the Village board met in closed session to, “confer with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved related to development at The Rock Sports Complex.”

Sounds ominous.

That was about a month ago. The whole thing is nearing popcorn territory, what is next? It’s a weird concoction with ingredients that include angry residents, a popular, high-profile local business, county government and two local municipalities. It is a spicy stew and election season is upon us.

In case you missed it, the community is looking for a new superintendent of schools.

Board president Joe Crapitto personally invited me (in an email blast) to a “forum for community leaders” to help create a new superintendent profile that will “provide the foundation for a superintendent recruitment and selection process unique to Greendale.”

Crapitto says the board is also “conducting forums for parents and community members.”  Check the Everything Greendale calendar for dates. If you decide to go, don’t be surprised if it feels a bit like a dog and pony show. There will also be an on-line survey starting on November 9.

As one Village insider said to me this week, “the school board should just dust off the old superintendent profile they hired another firm to create three years ago.”

This time around, Dr. JoAnn Sternke, current superintendent of the Pewaukee School District  and School Exec Connect consultant will lead the process. You’ll recall that Dr. Matt Gibson of the same firm has held a close business relationship with our school board in recent years.

The profile part could be wrapped up by December and it is reasonable to expect that the standing board will decide on Greendale’s next superintendent before the April elections in 2016.

Maybe we’ll luck out this time and the board will choose wisely. Hopefully, there be a high-level candidate, or two. The biggest challenge actually may be finding that strong candidate who is also willing to work with this school board. Pro-Tip: Anyone interested in running for the school board should get busy today or Greendale may be left voting for the usual suspects in April. I hear one candidate is already scoping out campaign sign locations.

Switching gears, there is a sold-out fundraiser for the Greendale Veterans Memorial next week. The screening of the World War II documentary “Lucky Strike” features a big Greendale connection with Air Corp veteran Bob Birmingham. Birmingham has amassed an impressive resume of community engagement — in addition to his service — including being father to our current Village president.

Jim and Bonnie Cyganiak have earned a big shout out for spearheading the event. If all goes well, there could be an additional screening of the film next year. The fundraiser will be held at The Hose Tower on November 13.

Speaking of The Hose Tower (shameless plug), have you seen how reasonable the rates are to rent it? No, seriously … check out the Village’s website for more information. Village Hall might even arrange a tour.

Finally, the Village’s strategic planning kicks off on November 16 and November 18 at 6 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and will be held at the Safety Center. The process is being led by former Greendale Superintendent Bill Hughes and the strategic plan will likely include, “a vision or mission statement for the community, an analysis of the community’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT Analysis), and a corresponding set of goals and strategies for achieving that vision.”

Stay tuned Greendale.

A Parting Gif…


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Bill Attewell

Bill Attewell is the editor and publisher of Everything Greendale. He has over 20 years experience as an award-winning newspaper editor, writer and publisher. His work has been read in in over 50 publications across the U.S. and abroad. Bill is a long-time resident of Greendale and a Greendale High School alum. Go Panthers!


  1. Richard

    We support the Trusties using a consulting firm to hire the CEO. What we don’t support is sticking the taxpayers with the invoice. With a price tag of 25,000, each of them could donate their $4,100 paycheck for their past mess ups and public service.

  2. A Parent

    The tennis courts really needs some work.

  3. John

    It is a good thing the foolish school board hired consultants. They need all the help they can get. The administration and them are inept. A smart administrator will have them hopping to in no time. A total of the five have an IQ of about 520 divided by 5 = about 104 each. And getting dumber every day. They define moronic.

  4. GSD Ed

    Teachers and administrator are meeting now to get our view in the profile. We hear at least one school board has his mind made up about what they want in the next superintendent and complaining about the price tag being paid.


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