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School days to get 4 mins. longer

Buses, pick up times affected by change   

Starting April 1 through the remainder of the school year, the Middleton-Cross Plains School District will increase the school day by 4 minutes at all levels.

The addition will make up for instruction hours required by the state Department of Public Instruction that were lost due to inclement weather this winter.

The district said in release on its website that parents were notified about the change via e-mail on Thursday.

The 4 minutes will be added to the end of the day at every school except Glacier Creek Middle School, where the school day will start 4 minutes earlier.

Bus schedules in the morning will remain the same for all schools, including Glacier Creek, the district said. Buses will be affected after school, so the school district said children may arrive home a little later than they had before April 1.

Coffee shop that supports vets seeks donations

Coffee shop that supports vets seeks donations

Dryhootch Madison, a coffee house and resource center for veterans, opened about 10 months ago on Madison's far west side and "re-opened" Thursday to help give the community a better idea of what they're all about.

Organizers call Dryhootch a movement to help veterans reconnect with the community. Its mission is to act as an ally for vets having a tough time transitioning back to civilian life.

Offering vets the use of meeting rooms and a multimedia center, Dryhootch organizers are hoping that their blend of coffee and camaraderie will be the perfect combination for Madison-area vets.

Dryhootch Madison is seeking donations to keep the coffee shop open so veterans can get the help they need, from support groups to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and resources to help with homelessness.

"When you can communicate about it, that's part of healing -- it promoted healing," said Bob Curry, Dryhootch founder.

After nearly 4 years, 32-mile utility project complete

After nearly 4 years, 32-mile utility project complete

$219 million project meant to improve reliability of power supply 

American Transmission Co. has energized the completed 32-mile, 345-kilovolt Rockdale-West Middleton Transmission Line.

Brian Fischer, Rockdale-West Middleton project manager, said in a news release that the company’s coordinated performance on multiple fronts during the past four years of planning, design and construction were evidence of the project’s success.

The line can carry 1,267 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 239,000 homes and connects through Monona, Blooming Grove, City and Town of Madison, Pleasant Springs and Middleton.

City favors Fallone for Supreme Court in primary

City favors Fallone for Supreme Court in primary

Town nearly split with Roggensack ahead slightly   

Results from the Feb. 19 primary election show the city favored Ed Fallone for State Supreme Court.

According to the city website votes breakdown:

  • 1,001 for Fallone
  • 478 for Pat Roggensack
  • 90 for Vince Megna

According to the Middleton Times-Tribune, the town was more split between Roggensack and Fallone:

  • 259 for Roggensack
  • 230 for Fallone

Statewide, Fallone finished second behind Roggensack but well ahead of challenger Vince Megna. In unofficial returns, Roggensack took 60 percent of the vote to Fallone's 33 percent. Megna was far back in single digits.

Police union contract approved through 2015

City officers to receive incremental pay bumps annually   

The Common Council and the Wisconsin Professional Police Association Local 427 came to an agreement last week on contracted pay increases for officers for the next three years (including 2013).

According to the contract, Middleton officers will receive salary increases of:

  • 1 percent in 2013
  • 2 percent in 2014
  • 3 percent in 2015

Police unions were excluded from last year’s Act 10, a controversial legislative move that took bargaining power from most unions.

Read more at the Middleton Times-Tribune

First semester check-in shows promise for charter school

The district's charter school launched last semester is showing promising results, according to students taking part in the project-based learning discipline. 

Clark Street Community School -- formerly Middleton Alternative Senior High -- was built to serve a diverse student population outside of the traditional high school learning model, according to a Middleton Times-Tribune report.

The concept that guides the day-to-day education of about 120 students is the projects, which are individualized for the student. Clark Street attendees have conducted research about topics like blood diamonds, dog breeds, and biodiversity in the Pheasant Branch Creek.

Read more from the Middleton Times-Tribune

Middleton roundabout to see artwork

Middleton roundabout to see artwork

A Middleton roundabout is set to see some artwork.

Middleton's Public Works Department approved artwork to be placed at the roundabout.

The Arts Commission is raising money to pay an artist to create the sculpture from stainless steel and glass.

The project will cost about $50,000 and stand 14 feet tall.

Some drivers are worried that the artwork could cause a distraction.

"People have expressed concern that it's going to be distracting, and they won't look at the traffic," Middleton Arts Committee Chair Rob Conhaim said. "But actually, the Department of Transportation for the state wants people's vision to be directed toward their left, which is the direction the traffic is coming from.

"The DOT doesn't want people to be able to see across a roundabout."

Donations to the project can be made through the Middleton City Hall.