Friday, June 21, 2019

Eye on Oshkosh - Smart Consumerism and the Better Business Bureau - tape...

Do you know how to protect yourself from door-to-door salesmen? What about from unscrupulous contractors? Are you a bride-to-be searching for a wedding photographer and not sure who to hire? Do you know how to protect yourself against credit card theft or fraud? Want to know what the
latest scams are and how to block robocalls from coming through on your number?

All these things and much more are discussed in the latest edition of Eye on Oshkosh. Susan Bach, regional director for the Better Business Bureau serving Wisconsin talks with host Cheryl Hentz about the ways you can be a smart consumer and protect yourself from people who are in the business of ripping people off. You need to watch this show – either here or by following this link:

Friday, June 07, 2019

Do You Know How To Prepare for a Disaster? Learn how here!

Do you and your family know what to do in the event of a fire or tornado? Do you have an emergency plan, a safe and designated meeting place once you’ve gotten out of your house? Do you have a disaster supply kit? What about having a pet disaster supply kit for your pets, if you have any. These are just a few of the topics discussed on the most recent episode of Eye on Oshkosh. During the hour, host Cheryl Hentz talks with Winnebago County Emergency Management Director Linda Kollmann and Becky Tiles, Volunteer Partner with the Senior Disaster Program Manager for Wisconsin Red Cross about the various things people should think about as they prepare for severe storms, chemical spills, or some other disaster from which they need to seek shelter or evacuate from their home. There are lots of great websites given during the show, so have a pen/pencil and paper handy to jot them down. One is a website where you can sign up for free smoke alarms for your home through the American Red Cross, and the Red Cross will even install them for you ( ). They’ll also tell you what kinds of things you should include in a disaster supply kit, how to get a copy of the latest Winnebago County Residential Guide to Emergency Preparedness, the need to a weather radio and/or weather app for your smartphone, and how you can register for cell phone (and/or landline) to receive local emergency notifications when something happens here in Winnebago County. Our deepest thanks to Linda Kollmann and others in Winnebago County (and Oshkosh) who work to keep us safe during times of emergencies; and to Becky and everyone at the American and Wisconsin Red Cross for ALL they do!! This is one show you DON’T want to miss!! It can be seen here or by going to this link: ** As a side note, the Red Cross is able to do much of what they do free of charge because of financial donations from others. If you would like to make a donation, go to They ALWAYS need help to continue doing what they do.

Oshkosh Area School District to Close Smith Elementary School

Oshkosh, WI - The Oshkosh Area School District Board of Education approved a resolution to close Smith Elementary School as of the end of the 2018-2019 school year and transfer students from Smith Elementary School’s attendance zone to Jefferson Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year. This Board decision was made during a Special Board Meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
In May 2019 the District announced its recommendation to close Smith Elementary School after learning of extensive and impending building and capital maintenance needs, which required immediate action. While the capital maintenance needs of the building were previously known and being proactively managed and addressed, the expedited timeline was unforeseen. Committed to acting in the best interest of students, families, and staff (as well as the future of the entire District), District leaders felt it was critical to present the information and move towards a solution as quickly as possible. A comprehensive Board Workshop took place on May 22, 2019 to present the information and possible options to the Board of Education. The June 5 Special Board Meeting was scheduled to allow the Board time to review the information prior to making a decision and to provide a final decision to the community prior to the beginning of summer.
The decision to close Smith Elementary School was not made lightly. After an extensive review of the situation, specifically the current state of the school building, impending capital maintenance needs, enrollment trends, and ongoing facilities planning, District leaders focused on doing what is best for students and the long-term success of the District. The District is confident that combining Smith and Jefferson elementary schools will provide numerous benefits and opportunities for students. Both schools have an excellent tradition of providing high-quality education to all students; this same quality of education will be evident in the new school community that emerges. A comprehensive transition plan will be launched beginning June 6, 2019, and regular communication and updates will be shared with the impacted school communities.
Evaluating District facilities and planning for the future have been identified as needs within the OASD and have been included in the District’s strategic plan. In fact, the OASD partnered with Bray Associates Architects to conduct an extensive analysis of the District's facilities. The first phase of this process (the study) was completed in 2017, and the complete Facility Condition Assessment / Facilities Study and Budget are available on the OASD Maintenance Department’s webpage. The study was first shared with the Board on August 17, 2017, and again reviewed on October 10, 2018 and March 6, 2019. The purpose of the study was to create an assessment of existing conditions that can be used to guide strategic decisions related to the future of the District. The process is ongoing and District leaders are in the early stages of creating a long-term facilities plan.
About the OASD: Building community through education. The Oshkosh Area School District is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, serving 10,000 students and operating 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools, two charter schools and an eAcademy. The mission of the Oshkosh Area School District is to create citizens who are critical, creative thinkers, responsible in their actions, and committed to learning for life by working together with families and communities. For more information visit