School Cops Defended by Chief Even With Staffing Shortages
Shut down the lobby at the police department half the time, have some crimes only reportable online, get rid of half the crossing guards, but La Crosse police chief Ed Kondracki has limits to service cuts he's willing to make. School liaison cops, for example. Kondracki says they're very valuable at the schools in which they serve. La Crosse has five school cops that serve in the middle and high schools. Kondracki says if his staffing situation got really dire, he'd have to put those cops back out on the street. The city council will likely vote this week to authorize another round of hiring in the police department.
State Tax Collections Surge, But Lower Than Expected
Money going to Madison has increased significantly since last year.
Revenooers in the capital say tax collections for the fiscal year that ended in June were 6.4% higher than for 2010. Even though the actual tax money taken in was just slightly less than estimated. Sales and personal incomes taxes showed the biggest increases, together up around 800 million dollars from the year before. Corporate taxes were also up, but considerably less than expected. Cigarette taxes dropped by forty million year to year.
Charter School Nabs State Award
The School of Technology and Arts II, a Lacrosse School district charter school, was one of 14 schools from across the state named a 2011 Wisconsin School of Recognition.
Schools that were recognized by the state as a School of Recognition have some of the highest poverty rates based on free and reduced-lunch data and student achievement scores on the 2010-11 state reading and math examinations that were above average when compared to schools in similar sized districts with comparable poverty levels.
The School of Technology and Arts II, known as SOTA II, is a 6th through 8th grade charter school that integrates the district’s middle school curriculum with hands-on creative experiences in the arts. The charter school moved to Lincoln Middle School this year.
Postal Cutbacks Expected In La Crosse
For years, there's been talk in La Crosse about outsourcing some local postal services. Now, it seems to be happening.
What kind of losses could be seen in La Crosse? The secretary of letter carriers' local 59, Gary Knutson, is seeing some sorting equipment being moved out of the La Crosse post office, apparently to transfer sorting duties to Rochester. People who operate the sorting machines might be moved, or reassigned to mail delivery.
UW-L Athletics Announces Sponsorship Agreements with Festival Foods and LHI
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Athletics Department says that Festival Foods and LHI have committed to providing corporate sponsorship for all 19 of the Eagles’ varsity programs. The initial term of each agreement is five years.
In exchange for their sponsorships, UW-L Athletics will incorporate Festival Foods and LHI branding into its marketing efforts and its facilities, including signage, public address announcements, in-game promotions, scoreboard recognition, website recognition and program advertising.
UW-L Director of Athletics Josh Whitman says Dave and Barb Skogen and Don and Roxanne Weber have long been supporters of Eagle student-athletes, making it only fitting that their companies would choose to partner with the athletic program in such a significant way.