Parkview Sets Dates for Information Sessions on Bonding Referenda

Dr. Pauli Nikolay, District Superintendent

The Parkview School District will hold informational sessions to inform citizens about the referendum that will be held on April 6. There will be two questions on the referendum. One question will ask voters to exceed the revenue limit on an annual basis by $442,000. The second question will ask for $290,000 for five years to do critical maintenance projects that were cut from past budgets. If both referendum questions pass, the tax on a $100,000 home would go from $923.24 to $1,091.19 a year or an increase of $167.95.

The meetings are scheduled: Mar. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Newark Elementary cafeteria; Mar. 16, 7:30 p.m., Footville Elementary cafeteria; and Mar. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Parkview High Little Theatre. All citizens are invited to attend to learn more about the referendum and related budget issues.

If the referendum passes, cuts in junior high sports, Forensics, Quiz Bowl, Student Council, technology, tennis, and the Charter School will be reinstated, In addition, staff cuts in Spanish, reading, library media, physical education, support staff and extended contracts for counselors, the elementary library media specialist, and the school psychologist will be reinstated.

Copies of the Budget Cuts and the Maintenance Projects are available in all school and district offices. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me or our business manager at 608-979-2717, You may also call one of the building principals or members of the Board of Education.

After 30 years of service in law enforcement, Chief Deputy will retire on April 2nd. Tellefson began his law enforcement career with the Department in 1973 as a volunteer Sheriffs Reserve Officer. In 1974 he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff and was assigned to the Patrol Division.

During this period he also served on the Department's Tactical Unit, Scuba Team and as a Field Training Officer. In 1982 he was promoted to Sergeant, assigned to the 3rd shift patrol Division. Additional duties included being a Firearms Instructor and Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor. In 1990 he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to command the 2nd shift in the Patrol Division.

In 1992 he was promoted to the rank of Commander and was responsible for the administration of the Patrol Division, Detective Bureau, Civil Process and the Department's D.A.R.E. Program.

During this period, Tellefson graduated from the Wisconsin Department of Justice Executive Development Institute and the Senior Management Institute for Police, co-sponsored by Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Police Executive Research Forum.

In 1994, he was promoted to his present rank of Chief Deputy. As Chief Deputy his duties have been to manage the Sheriff's Department for the Sheriff and County government.

During Tellefson's 30-year career, he received fifty-one letters of commendation and appreciation in his personnel file. In 1998 he was the recipient of a Certificate of Merit from the Wisconsin Professional Police Association for his actions off-duty while assisting in the apprehension of two armed robbery suspects.

In 2003 he was awarded the "Business Associate of the Year" award from the Park City Chapter of the American Business Women's Association. Jeff is a 1974 graduate of Madison Area Technical College with an Associate Degree in Police Science.

He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Psychology from Milton College, earned in 1977 and graduating Summa Cum Laude. He holds a Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Traffic Safety. While at Whitewater, Tellefson received the Dusso Memorial Award for outstanding academic achievement and dedication to the study of Highway Safety. Chief Deputy Tellefson is a 20-year retired veteran of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, 32nd Infantry Brigade (Red Arrow).

Jeff's future plans are to teach Management and Criminal Justice courses at several area colleges. Tellefson recently said, "I'm not retiring in the true meaning of the word. My goals are to continue serving my profession and community."

Jeff and his wife Mary have three children and reside near Edgerton.