OASD Board accepting letters of interest in filling vacancy after Griswold resignation

Veteran Oconomowoc Area School District Board of Education member John Griswold has resigned, according to an announcement on the district’s website. Board President Don Wiemer is accepting letters of interest from residents of the district and will do so until Friday, August 29. The Board will appoint a replacement who will serve the rest of Griswold’s term which will end in April 2015. Griswold is a four-term member of the Board and was last elected in 2012. Often the top vote-getter in his past campaigns for the Board, the Ixonia resident was first elected in 2003. Residents interested in the position must be citizens of the United States, the state of Wisconsin, and the Oconomowoc Area School District.  Additionally, candidates must be at least 18 years of age. To ensure consideration, a brief letter of interest must be submitted to Wiemer and received prior to 4 p.m. on the 29th. Wiemer can be reached vi e-mail by clicking here. Interested candidates can also submit their letters of interest to Wiemer at Board President Don Wiemer, c/o District Office Oconomowoc Area School District, W360 N7077 Brown Street, Oconomowoc, WI...

2013–Community Invited to Oconomowoc Tennis Center Pavilion Dedication on Sept. 13

Activities set for celebration of the new pavilion’s dedication Friday, Nov. 13 will be a busy night for Cooney sports fans. In addition to the varsity football game against West Bend East, set for 7 p.m., the Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club is hosting its annual tailgate party (see separate article). Also planned is a dedication ceremony for the new tennis pavilion, built this summer as part of Match Point Commons, the tennis component of Athletic Fields Forever, the Booster Club’s $3.9 million fund-raising campaign for expanding and renovating the outdoor athletic facilities and fields at the high school. The pavilion, which features public restrooms, a covered shelter area, and a concession stand, helps make the combined Oconomowoc Tennis Center one of the finest such facilities in the Midwest. Earlier this summer the facilities 10 courts were resurfaced and painted. The pavilion is located just west of the tennis courts. Making the pavilion possible was a fund-raising effort spearheaded by the local tennis community. Activities associated with the dedication kick off at 5 p.m. with a pro-am tennis exhibition that matches local amateurs with area professionals. The dedication, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, starts at 6 p.m. From 6:30 to game time or perhaps later, the courts will be open for public tennis play. This final activity is a Nickelodeon World Wide Day of Free Play event. Match Point Commons has raised more than $200,000 to date with a goal of $234,000. Pledges and gifts toward that goal are encouraged. For more information on how you can participate, visit the AFF donation page on the Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club...

OPEF’s $500,000 Check Completes Campaign to Fund Improvements at Performing Arts Center

Performing Arts Center Enhancment funds helped elevate facility from an auditorium to a professional arts center Members of Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation Board and its PACE Committee, presented a final check to OASD Superintendent, Dr. Roger Rindo and school board president, Don Wiemer on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Pictured in the above photo are front row (left to right) Peggy Armstrong, Maribeth Bush, Superintendent Dr. Roger Rindo and OASD School Board President, Don Wiemer. Back row (left to right) Brady Dorn, Julie Well, Marilyn Largent and Dave Reul. This completes OPEF’s $500,000 five-year campaign which funded enhancements to the Oconomowoc Arts Center. The campaign, which began in 2007, was created by PACE (Performing Arts Center Enhancement) volunteers to elevate the status of the facility from an auditorium to a professional arts center. Enhancements included acoustical improvements, seating upgrades, stage equipment, and lighting and wireless microphones. With the completion of the PACE fund, OPEF will now focus additional energy on raising funds to provide grants for teachers and other staff to support innovation in district curricula that the core school district budget does not support. For more information OPEF or to donate, please visit the OPEF...
New OASD Superintendent Roger Rindo Outlines Goals for First Six Months

New OASD Superintendent Roger Rindo Outlines Goals for First Six Months

Outreach to stakeholders and information gathering top the list New Oconomowoc Area School District Superintendent Roger Rindo, In a letter to the community posted on the OASD website, spells out his goals for the first six-months of his tenure as the district’s leader. Those goals include: Building positive relationships while gaining both a personal and professional familiarity with OASD and the community. Developing a solid understanding of the district’s points or pride, its challenges, and the topics of crucial conversations the district needs to have about the next five years. Building trust and establishing credibility with school and community members to address the district’s short-term needs and long-term directions. Using the information gathered during this inclusive process to develop district goals for the 2013-2014 school year and a framework for development of a long-range strategic plan in the near future. Click here to view PDF of Rindo’s letter and his goals for the six-month transition plan....

New OASD Superintendent Roger Rindo Outlines Goals for First Six Months

Outreach to stakeholders and information gathering top the list New Oconomowoc Area School District Superintendent Roger Rindo, in a letter to the community posted on the OASD website, spells out his goals for the first six-months of his tenure as the district’s leader. Those goals include: Building positive relationships while gaining both a personal and professional familiarity with OASD and the community. Developing a solid understanding of the district’s points or pride, its challenges, and the topics of crucial conversations the district needs to have about the next five years. Building trust and establishing credibility with school and community members to address the district’s short-term needs and long-term directions. Using the information gathered during this inclusive process to develop district goals for the 2013-2014 school year and a framework for development of a long-range strategic plan in the near future. Click here to view PDF of Rindo’s letter and his goals for the six-month transition plan....

OPINION: Newspaper’s Attempt to Create Controversy, Sell Papers Shouldn’t Obscure New Superintendent’s Qualifications and Potential

Rindo did not seek position, he was recruited; Board and citizen’s panel did not apply partisan filter during interviews The lead article in Today’s Waukesha Freeman was expected: “Oconomowoc’s newly elected superintendent signed Walker recall petition.” Nobody on the OASD Board of Education will be surprised by the headline and its position on page 1. Headlines like that sell newspapers and the Freemen is in business to make a profit. Nothing wrong with that. Name me a business that is not trying to make a profit. But I have a problem with the headline and positioning because it is designed to create misguided controversy. The fact that new superintendent Roger Rindo signed the petition is immaterial. It has absolutely nothing to do with his ability to lead the OASD. Rindo is an extremely qualified, experienced, and young superintendent. The district is extremely fortunate to have him. He was the unanimous choice of a school board that had the professionalism to disregard politics when it made its selection. It knew some in the community, and some media outlets, who would criticize the board for its choice, but it also recognized that in the grand scheme of things, Rindo’s signature on that piece of paper shouldn’t and couldn’t be a deal-breaker. In addition to the Board, Rindo was the unanimous choice of a 15-member panel of citizens and educators who also interviewed him and the other two finalists. All three were outstanding candidates but Rindo clearly had that something extra. Members of the panel were extremely impressed by his resume and blown away by his interview which provided glimpses into his educational...