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Milton Area Youth Center staff members Activities Coordinator Jessica Arnold, from left, Executive Director Venesa Draves and Facilities Coordinator Alyssa Berg gather around the Christmas tree. Draves said the center has experienced a particularly good year, filled with community support. T…

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A student participates in Friday's holiday-themed activity at Milton Area Youth Center. An activity is held at the center each day it's open said Executive Director Venesa Draves.

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Milton residents Patrice, from left, and Brett Stairs stop by to present MAYC Executive Director Venesa Draves with a cash donation.

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Several Milton school district students enjoy an activity Friday at the Milton Area Youth Center. This year, 100 students have registered to participate at the center, Executive director Venesa Draves said.

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A candy sleigh is an example of an activity provided by a quest activity provider, MAYC Executive director Venesa Draves said.

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2019 brought improvements to the Milton Area Youth Center (MAYC), Executive Director Venesa Draves said. In years past, the program and building felt as though “it needed a hug,” she said. This year, the community has renewed its support and embrace of the program. From donations, to support…

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Bethanie Dodd was honored on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Blackhawk Technical College Nursing Pinning Ceremony. Not only did Bethanie receive her nursing pin, she also received the Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) Future Nursing Leader Award. Twice a year, the WNA Awards Committee selects fiv…

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Any additional employment compensation will be included in the staffing report for Milton School Board approval (or disapproval). A sentence saying that was added to policies for employment of support staff and professional staff approved by the school board Monday reflects that.

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The Milton School District Human Growth and Development Advisory Group is being formed and will meet Thursday, Dec. 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at district office building. Other meeting dates are Jan. 9, Jan. 30, and Feb. 13.

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2019 marks the second year the Milton Police Department has sponsored "Shop with a Cop," said Milton Police Chief Scott Marquardt. The opportunity to sponsor the program came after Janesville Police Officer Chad Sullivan, who has applied for grants to sponsor the event in Janesville for the …

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The Milton school board took no action after meeting in closed session for about an hour Monday at Milton High School. On the agenda was “discussion on superintendent contract.”

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Property tax bills issued in December will reflect a $9.26 tax rate in the Milton School District. The tax rate is $1.45 higher than the audited 2018-19 rate and is the first since the $59.9 million facilities referendum passed in April.

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Milton High School’s calendar will look different in 2020, but school officials say the change will improve students’ educational experience.

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The total number of students enrolled in the Milton School District is 3,544, or 47 fewer students than the prior school year. That’s according to the third Friday in September enrollment reported to the Department of Public Instruction for funding purposes.

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The Milton Red Hawk Marching Band on Sunday in at Sauk Prairie High School earned its highest score in nine years of competitive marching. With 85.4 and less than a half point behind Waukesha West High School, Milton High School placed second. (Points are awarded on a 100-point scale.) The S…

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A groundbreaking ceremony for the Milton School District referendum projects will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Milton East Elementary School. Construction on the $59.9 million projects approved by voters in April will start with the elementary schools and East will be the very first. 

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To meet the needs of Milton students who prefer online learning, the Milton School District this year introduced a virtual school. In June the school board approved a consortium agreement with Jefferson-Eastern Dane Interactive (JEDI) Distance Education Network.

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The School District of Milton Board of Education at its last meeting talked about meeting as a whole board to look at recommendations made by Attorney Lori Lubinsky.

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Multiple students at Milton High School received disciplinary action for forming an “offensive symbol” on the gym floor the morning of Sept. 30, District Superintendent Rich Dahman said in a news release Thursday.

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Construction on additions and renovations at the School District of Milton’s four elementary schools is scheduled to begin this month and be completed in August 2020.

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The Milton High School Red Hawk Marching Band in its second weekend of competition this season placed second in its division and took home the caption award for best visual presentation for the class AAA and AAAA divisions.

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Manufacturing Days has become an annual event at Blackhawk Technical College. The event has grown so much since its inception that two days are now necessary to accommodate the number of participating high school students. This year’s celebration will take place on Oct. 3 and 4 with 18 schoo…

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By fall 2021, Milton High School will have a new swimming pool. The estimated $7.8 million cost was included in the $59.9 million referendum approved in April.

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Ryan Curless started the school year as the School District of Milton’s new director of technology and innovation.

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Final steps were approved by the City of Milton Common Council, clearing the way for the construction of a 13,000-square-foot addition at Milton East Elementary School. The three separate actions were approved Aug. 20 and included:

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Before school started this week, the Milton Courier checked in with interim Superintendent Rich Dahman. Since he began working in the Milton School District in July, the recently retired Winona Area (Minnesota) Public Schools superintendent said he has met a lot of people, many of whom look …

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The Blackhawk Technical College Board Appointment Committee has appointed Amy Kenyon to the board.Kenyon fills the unexpired term of Malik Surani, ending June 30, 2020. Surani resigned in May.

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A Baker Tilly financial audit looking at stipends in the School District of Milton found the use of 19 categories, though possibly excessive in number, is appropriate.

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Last week State Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, tweeted: “Which is worse, a fictitious link btw the MMR vaccine & autism—now dismissed as fraudulent .....or exposing your child every day to the possibility of measles, w/all its potentially deadly or debilitating consequences?”

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The School District of Milton is looking to add two positions: a director of business services and a communications and community outreach coordinator. The director of administrative operations position added in August 2018 will not be filled.

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On Monday, the School District of Milton accepted a donation of $45,844 from the Friends of Milton Pool, Inc. The donation will be used to expand the bleacher capacity from 450 seats to 550 seats in the new pool.

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Twenty-five seventh-graders at Milton Middle School will be starting the new year with determination. Selected by teachers and administration in spring, they will be the first to participate in an AVID elective course. AVID stands for “Advancement Via Individual Determination.”

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The School District of Milton board of education unanimously approved the second design phase for the district’s four elementary schools and the first design phase for the middle school. The school board met Monday evening in the Milton High School library.

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School District of Milton students in 4K will be eligible to ride the bus this school year, even if their school is closer than 2 miles from their home.

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Several actions regarding the “land swap” between the City of Milton and the Milton school district were recommended by the city’s Plan Commission and approved by the city council. The commission and council both met on Aug. 6.