Open enrollment period now under way

Wisconsin's public school open enrollment application period, which allows parents an opportunity to send their children to any public school district in the state, runs through April 29 for the 2016-17 school year.

Traditionally, children in Wisconsin are assigned to public school districts based on the location of their parents' home. Open enrollment is a tuition-free opportunity for parents to apply for their children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live.

Parents may apply during the three-month application period to the school district they wish their children to attend using the online application website. Districts will notify parents by June 10 whether their open enrollment applications have been approved or denied.

To find additional information on open enrollment, visit

Volunteers needed for Spanish reading program

A new reading program at Banting Elementary School needs a few bilingual volunteers willing to read with fifth-graders in Spanish. Banting is a dual language school at 2019 Butler Drive, Waukesha.

The Readers Cafe encourages students to come to the library during their lunch and recess to read with volunteers from noon to 12:50 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 18-May 5.

For more information, call Corinn Marich at (262) 522-2403.

Technology fund to memorialize teacher

The Waukesha Education Foundation has renamed its technology fund after Waukesha School District teacher Kristine K. Diener.

The Kristine K. Diener Technology Fund is an endowment for technology-based enrichment projects and offers funding for grants submitted by district staff through the WEF grant process.

Diener was a teacher and administrator with the district for 35 years. She was a math and computer science teacher, a computer support teacher, the K-12 Instructional Technologies chairwoman for the district, and the founding principal of the iQ Academies of Wisconsin, Waukesha's virtual charter high school.

Diener was also an avid adult technology educator and served on numerous community, state and national organizations' boards and advisory councils.

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