Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Wish Elmbrook had new computers like this?

Elmbrook, Elmbrook 2008 Referendum, High Schools


A fleet of 28 new Apple iMac computers and they are Elmbrook's.

This is the print shop (I think it is called) in Central's Applied Technology wing.

The students use these new  iMacs to work on the yearbook and to learn about graphic arts.

The principal proudly showed us this room on the Central tour, and rightly so.

How did Elmbrook afford 28 new iMacs?

I believe it was a combination of the Elmbrook Foundation, a grant, and district funding. This shows that Elmbrook can come up with creative ways to improve the schools without resorting to a referendum.

Often our schools are presented as being so far behind the times. you would think our students are still using slates and chalk to do their lessons. But if you look at the 2nd photo, you can see there is a LCD projector in this room too (cords are hanging from it).

If memory serves me correctly, the Elmbrook Foundation also purchased some SMART boards for the schools in past years.


This was a fun project. The class photo shopped the Social Studies teachers for their own version of Washington crossing the Delaware.

They did a pretty good job!




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C G SCHMIDT Cost summary of Referendum



Elmbrook School District Referendum Links:

Frequently Asked Questions  Not to be missed!

HSST Meeting Minutes 

Cost Breakdowns of Type of Work (cost per square footage)

Architect's Conceptual High School Floorplans--East and Central

Facility "Needs" comparison of failed 2007 and present 2008 referendums

Key Academic Benefits: click on that subject heading.

Tour Schedule  

Tax Calculator  

Elmbrook asks for smaller expansion--JSOnline (Also includes links to past articles)

Still no link to the 2008 Election Edition of the Link. Hope you got your copy.
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Former 2007 Referendum Facilities Facts Sheets (Still a good read)


The countdown continues: Just 5 days until MILLIONS OF DOLLARS Tuesday!

Email me your thoughts on the $62.2 million dollar referendum.

Links: Brookfield7, Betterbrookfield Vicki Mckenna 



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