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News & Notes: July 9

July 9, 2013

Taxing district added

$12.5 million to tax base

West Allis — The West Allis Common Council on July 1 approved the closing of a key tax increment financing district that resulted in Quad/Graphics' decision to expand in the city.

The TIF district, which used new property tax dollars generated by the improvements to pay for certain development costs, eventually added more than $12.5 million to the city tax base.

The yearly property tax revenue of $375,000 will eventually be used to keep taxes down. Currently, it is being used to help two other less successful tax incremental finance districts from being a drag on taxpayers.

Quad/Graphics also has added more than 970 family supporting jobs to the area.

Citizen member sought

for board committee

Greenfield — The Greenfield School Board is seeking a citizen representative to serve on the Business Administration Committee, which meets monthly.

The citizen representative will review accounts payable and help provide recommendations to the School Board on business-related items.

The citizen representative will serve a one-year term starting this month and ending June 30, 2014. Those interested should submit a cover letter and resume by Aug. 1 to the School District of Greenfield Administrative Center, c/o Business Services, 4850 S. 60th Street, Greenfield, WI 53220.

For additional information,call (414) 855-2020.

Counselor, teacher

the students' choice

West Allis — Bridget Blask, a school counselor and fifth-grade teacher at Robinwood Elementary School in West Allis, has been honored through Cousins Subs' "Teachers Make it Better" program.

Blask will receive subs for a year as part of her recognition.

The Cousins Subs restaurant at 1469 S. 108th St. asked students to nominate a teacher who "makes it better." Nominations were posted in-store throughout May, Teacher Appreciation Month.

Blask was nominated because, as her students put it, she helps with problems, teaches how to handle bullying and help others who are being bullied. One child wrote that she "makes me smile when I walk into class feeling sad."

Middle schooler

wins at Miller Park

Greenfield — Greenfield Middle School Student Alyssa Vilkoski won the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition for the 13 and 14 age category at Miller Park.

Alyssa qualified for the state championship after placing first in the sectional competition on April 27 at Greenfield High School.

The Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition consists of three rounds of running, hitting and pitching.

Scott Bauer, Greenfield Ignitors president and the organizer of the sectional competition, said in a news release announcing the win, "Alyssa has been recognized as one of the top 30 participants in the United States. Considering all the athletes who entered this competition across the nation, this really is a remarkable feat."

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