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School district talks with community

The Plymouth School District has launched a new initiative to engage the community in a conversation about the schools.

“The district wants to gray the lines of delineation between our schools and the rest of the community and instill the view that our school is our community,” said Board of Education member Bob Travis. “We seek to create the belief that our schools are where we - the entire community - teach, learn and connect.”

The heart of the effort is a series of informal conversations called Panther Talks. The purpose of the talks is to increase the bonds between the Plymouth schools and the Plymouth community by improving the methods and opportunities for conversation.

Panther Talks, generally held as part of an organization’s regular meeting, can be brought to any group of interested students, parents, alumni, senior citizens or other taxpayers, as well as to business, civic, religious and government organizations.

The initial Panther Talks, usually 30 to 60 minutes long, are focused on getting to know each other and on exploring shared values.

“One of our goals is to better understand what the community values are and how those values can help drive our school success,” said Superintendent Carrie Dassow.

Participants also are given the opportunity to share an email address and indicate topics of interest, so that the district can continue the conversation with follow-ups, surveys and invitations to additional Panther Talks.

The district plans to hold future Panther Talks on specific topics, either at the request of the hosting group or to gather information to guide decision-making.

The long-term goal of the outreach is to create relationships that the district can “tap” in the future to have focused discussions that might:

• Identify new opportunities for the schools to serve the community

• Identify new educational needs in the community

• Seek input for problem solving

• Gage community satisfaction with the schools

• Communicate new initiatives

For more information or to schedule a Panther Talk, contact district communications coordinator Jamie Piontkowski at jpiontkowski@plymouth. k12.wi.us or 892-5068.

Child injured, driver charged in crash

A single-car accident in the town of Rhine Thursday July 11, sent an eight-year-old boy from Manitowoc to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and led to a charge of causing injury by operation of a motor vehicle under the influence against a 64-year-old Elkhart Lake man.

According to the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department, a call was received at 8:23 p.m. reporting a vehicle had collided with a power pole and as a result a child, who was playing in a front yard on County EH one-tenth of a mile west of State 57 in the town of Rhine, was injured.

A sheriff’s deputy, along with an officer from Elkhart Lake Police Department, Elkhart Lake Fire and First Responders, Plymouth Ambulance and Kiel Ambulance responded to the scene of the accident. The child was later conveyed by Flight for Life to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee for non-life threatening injuries.

The Sheriff’s Department said it appeared the operator of a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette was eastbound on County EH just west of State 57 where the driver lost control, drove through the south ditch and onto the lawn area of the residence. The car collided with a sign, then a power pole and came to rest after colliding with a parked vehicle on the property. An eight-year old child was playing on the front lawn when the power wires came down and caused injury.

The child is Malachi Blanke of Manitowoc, who was at his grandparent’s home.

The driver of the vehicle was John Krizenesky, 64, Elkhart Lake.


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