From left: Roger Dixon, Club president Art Angove, David Cotey
 
School referendum important for New Berlin schools
 
New Berlin schools enjoy a strong tradition of providing quality education. They regularly meet or exceed state standards, and are recognized by respectable national publications. New Berlin students consistently win awards for athletic and academic achievements. The district even boasts three award winners among its staff.
 
At the same time, the school district faces a growing fiscal crisis. On April 2, voters will have a chance to weigh in on a referendum that would put the district in a much better financial situation, thus staving off drastic changes.
 
That was the word from David Cotey, district coordinator of communications. He and Roger Dixon, CFO/COO, discussed this matter and the referendum during our Feb. 26 meeting.

According to Cotey, several factors have contributed to the current fiscal crisis. The district borrowed heavily to build Ronald Reagan Elementary and to make some improvements at West Middle/High School.
 
Additional resources were invested in Eisenhower Middle/High School for a variety of necessary improvements. In addition, state aid has declined along with enrollment, though Cotey says they expect to see an uptick in enrollment in the near future.
 
Salary reductions and cuts in health care costs have helped, Cotey says, "but these steps are not sustainable."
 
The referendum as for operating revenue of $5 million per year for each of the next five years. There money would be put toward a variety of needs, including:
- Pay down the $16.5 million in debt that has accumulated in recent years.
- Pay competitive wages. "We want the highest quality of staff in front of our students," Cotey says.
- Be proactive on maintenance, such as on roofs, pavements, and such.
 
School consolidations are among the decisions facing the district if the referendum does not pass. According to Cotey, West would become the city's only high school. Eisenhower would be converted to a middle school. Orchard Lane Elementary would close, and its students would transfer to Elmwood, Poplar Creek or Ronald Reagan depending on where they live.
 
For more information, the school district offers a web page on the topic. Residents are also welcome to visit the school district's booth at the Discover New Berlin Community Fair this Saturday at New Berlin West. District staff will hold an informational session at the library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. Citizens are also welcome to call the school district at 789-6200.
 
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Micro loans in Haiti are an investment in people
 
Imagine if someone offered to lend you $100 to start a business. Maybe even $500. "That's not every much," you'd reply. And you'd be correct, at least by U.S standards.
 
But offer those kinds of loans -- along with financial literacy programs -- in an impoverished nation, and you can make a big difference. Literally change lives and improve families.
 
That was the message during our meeting on Jan. 8. Fellow Rotarian Dorothy Krupa shared her passion and knowledge of a unique program available to women in Haiti.
 
Krupa, co-founder of local non-profit WE BUILD, said those small loans (known as micro loans) allow women to buy an assortment of goods, including vegetables, cooking oil, charcoal, shoes and used clothing. They then sell these goods in the local marketplace. These female entrepreneurs earn hard cash, and in the process build better lives for themselves and their families.
 
Why lend only to women? Primarily, Krupa says, because women in Haiti generally don't have access to traditional banking options. And those that do face extremely high interest rates. Further, research shows that when women gain access to financial resources, they do so to benefit the family. Basic needs for the children, including breakfasts and schooling, are now possible with the money earned. 
 
The loans are "an investment that keeps on giving," Krupa says. Food aid is helpful, but only in the short term. Loans have a lasting effect. The money is lent out, paid back, then lent again. Sometimes to the same women.
 
As part of the loan process, the women take courses in budgeting, saving, and other important matters. Some even draft simple business plans.
 
Applying for a Rotary Grant
Krupa and her team hope to raise $45,000 to enhance the micro loan program. That amount would cover about 150 loans, she says, and last six to nine months.
 
Her club, Rotary Club of Amigos de Milwaukee, is spearheading a fundraising effort. If they can raise $10,000 in six months, Rotary International and this district (6270) will provide $35,000 in matching grants. So far they have raised about $2,000 (her club chipped in $1,000).
 
To learn more, and to donate, visit www.webuildhaiti.org. 
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Rotary: Doing good all around the world

The Rotary Foundation supports ongoing efforts to eradicate polio (now found in just three countries in the world!), bring clean water and sanitation services to impoverished communities, and build schools and other structures, to name just a few.
 
This video offers just a glimpse of the important work Rotary International does for the needy everywhere.
 
 
Club Information

Welcome to Rotary Club of New Berlin!

New Berlin Rotary Club

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
New Berlin Public Library
15105 W. Library Lane
New Berlin, WI  53151
United States of America
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Miss New Berlin, Miss West Allis Outstanding Teen
Mar 26, 2019
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Apr 23, 2019
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May 14, 2019
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