Category Archives: Washington County

Future use of vacated UWM-WC

Come July, the campus of the former University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee at Washington County will be empty. In the face of declining enrollments, Jay Rothman, president of the Universities of Wisconsin, made an abrupt decision to shut down the … Read the rest

Moraine College concept dies

Let’s deal with reality. The concept of a “Moraine Community College” that was endorsed 19-2 by the Washington County Board of Supervisors is dead. So is the possibility of saving the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Washington County. … Read the rest

10,000 acres preserved, despite GOP resistance

Wisconsin is blessed with a vibrant land trust movement, and Washington County is particularly blessed as the home to two of the best land trusts of the more than 40 in the state. That was highlighted Thursday when Tom Stolp … Read the rest

Moratorium needed on UW campus closures

It is important to remember that Gov. Evers vetoed only the “pilot” for consolidating the two-year colleges in Washington County. He suggested it was too small a solution because it only dealt with one county. That left open the broader … Read the rest

50 years of projects transform downtown

Let no one say that leaders in West Bend aren’t bold and forward looking. The complete rebuild of Main Street, its sidewalks and the Riverwalk are the latest projects in a long series of projects that have put downtown West … Read the rest

More reform in works for local colleges

One of my friends who loves policy analysis likes to say, “Statistics are stubborn things.” So are long-term trends. Despite some recent upward blips, the stubborn numbers on enrollment at the two-year colleges in Washington County are points in case. … Read the rest

Mone Work Group comes up short

If you were looking for solutions to the challenges facing the 12 two-year UW colleges across the state, the “Work Group” created by UWM Chancellor Mark Mone to save the UW campus in Washington County is not the place to … Read the rest

Governor: your two-year colleges veto changed nothing

One of Governor Ever’s line-item vetoes in the new state budget eroded six months of hard work by a Washington County Task Force to come up with a pragmatic solution to the troubles facing its two-year colleges. Note: his veto … Read the rest

New Opportunities for Moraine College

With the support of the Wisconsin legislature and its promise of $3.35 million in integration money, Washington County has a greatly enhanced opportunity to bring about the creation of a community college. The end game for responsible adults in terms … Read the rest

The District reshapes West Bend skyline, history

All of a sudden, West Bend has a very visible skyline. Except for church steeples, the Old Courthouse, and the long-gone grain elevator, there have not been many structures with more than three stories. Now, we have “The District,” a … Read the rest