- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014
Appleton-area schools review lockdown policies

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - Schools officials in the Appleton area are considering modifying their lockdown policies to allow teachers to evacuate students rather than have them hunker down in barricaded classrooms.

Wisconsin law mandated that all public school districts have safety plans in place by May 2013. However, as school shootings continue to occur elsewhere in the nation the process is always being re-evaluated, Post-Crescent Media reported (http://post.cr/1svF70jhttp://post.cr/1svF70j ) Friday.

Most schools get locked down if an intruder enters a building. Students and teachers are instructed to lock the classroom door, turn the lights off and take cover.

But school leaders want teachers and students to know there are other options, said Ben Vogel, an assistant superintendent with the Appleton Area School District.

“Depending on the situation, the best thing might be locking down like we’ve always done,” Vogel said. “But we can’t hamstring our teachers into closing the door, locking down and not moving when it might make a lot of sense to get out of the building.”

Appleton has been getting guidance from administrators in Green Bay, some of whom attended a national conference on school safety following the deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

“We walked out of there saying, ‘Oh my gosh, we have to change the way we do things. Lockdown is not enough to keep our students and our staff safe,’” said Barbara Dorff, an executive director with the Green Bay Area Public School District.

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Schreiber Foods to move into new $85M headquarters

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Cheese manufacturer Schreiber Foods Inc. is set to open its new headquarters in Green Bay on Monday, and city officials are hoping the new complex becomes a cornerstone that transforms downtown into a new center for businesses, homes and attractions.

As many as 700 people will work in the complex, which includes state-of-the-art facilities for food-product development and testing, Press-Gazette Media report (http://gbpg.net/1yxFOXvhttp://gbpg.net/1yxFOXv ).

The 250,000-square-foot headquarters is on the site of the former Port Plaza Mall. The city demolished the mall and bought and donated an adjacent hotel, which was later bulldozed. In all, the city committed about $14 million in assistance toward the $85 million complex.

The headquarters features limestone panels on the exterior, a five-story circular staircase and an outdoor courtyard as big as a football field. It also has laboratories for product development and testing.

The employee-owned company makes cream cheese, processed cheese and other dairy products. With the new complex, future food ideas will be tested in controlled settings and presented to clients in large production kitchens. Previously, the work was conducted awkwardly in employee lunchrooms or converted conference rooms, said Bob Nielsen, a Schreiber project manager.

Schreiber Foods was founded in 1945 with a cheese processing plant in a former brewery building in Green Bay. Today, the company has 35 plants and distribution centers in eight states and nine international locations, employing more than 6,000 people companywide.

Schreiber is one of the biggest privately held companies in the U.S. with an estimated $4.5 billion in revenue last year. The company also has a plant in West Bend, which makes cream cheese, and a process cheese plant in Green Bay.

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Janesville man charged with killing girlfriend

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - A Janesville man who’s been under investigation ever since he allegedly claimed to have killed three people has been charged in one homicide - the bludgeoning death of his 21-year-old girlfriend last month.

A Janesville Gazette report (http://bit.ly/1pVJM9Uhttp://bit.ly/1pVJM9U ) says a court commissioner on Friday set bond for Clayton J. Courtney at $500,000.

Courtney is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the case. He’s already charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, stemming from allegations that he stabbed his roommate in the shoulder and foot last month.

Courtney is accused of killing Britney Cross and leaving her body behind a vacant building along the Rock River.

Prosecutors asked for a $1 million cash bond. Defense attorney Joshua Klaff called the amount “absolutely inappropriate” and sought a more modest amount.

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Information from: The Janesville Gazette, http://www.gazetteextra.comhttp://www.gazetteextra.com

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College to investigate employee’s campaign email

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A Green Bay technical college is investigating an instructor who allegedly used the school’s email system to invite colleagues to a fundraiser for Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke.

A WLUK-TV report (http://bit.ly/1nrDfPehttp://bit.ly/1nrDfPe ) on Friday doesn’t identify the staffer, but it says he teaches at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

He’s accused of sending out two emails inviting people to a lunchtime event with Burke, and adding a note telling them to “plan accordingly” for fundraising requests.

College spokeswoman Karen Smits says the email violates school policy and possibly the college’s code of conduct. She says staffers were warned in November 2011 not to use college property in connection with any type of political campaigning.

She says the instructor’s case will be handled in accordance with school policy on personnel issues.

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Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.comhttp://www.fox11online.com

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