News & Notes: March 25

March 25, 2014

School district maintains Aaa rating

In response to the Elmbrook School District's issuance of $10 million General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Moody's Investor Service has affirmed the Aaa rating on the district's outstanding general obligation debt.

Proceeds of the bonds will refund the district's outstanding Series 2008 General Obligation School Building and Improvement Bonds and will lead to an actual savings of $517,000 over the life of the bonds.

"By refunding bonds in December, 2013, and again in March, 2014, we have saved the community $865,000 in property taxes," said Erik Kass, district assistant superintendent for finance, operations and human resources. "The Moody's rating confirms our strong approach to fiscal responsibility, and we remain one of only six districts in the state to earn the Aaa status."

High schools accepted into Carnegie Hall program

Brookfield Central and East high schools have been accepted into the Carnegie Hall performance program for 2015.

The school orchestras will perform in the Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The chamber orchestras were required to submit a "two-year resume" that highlighted their activities and a DVD that archived their performances.

"I am extremely proud of each student for all of their work toward this project," said Denice Haney, orchestra director for both high schools. "Every student played a role in our acceptance into this exciting program."

Ensembles attending the festival will be given a three-night stay in a Manhattan hotel and be treated to different sites throughout New York City.

BEAST Robotics earns a trip to nationals

Elmbrook high schools' BEAST Robotics team took first place in the Wisconsin regional competition.

Sixty teams competed in the event, with 100 qualifying matches, and BEAST was selected for the Number 2 Seed Alliance. The team will next compete in St. Louis, Mo., for the FIRST Robotics Championship in April.

BEAST Robotics head coach Richard Oakes received the Woodie Flowers Award at the regional competition for mentor of the year.

Aurora opens Brookfield clinic

An Aurora Health Center opened at 6985 W. Bluemound Road on March 17.

More than 20 physicians are providing family medicine as well as several specialty services like orthopedics, cosmetics and chiropractic care.

For more information, call (262) 641-8400.


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