Five receive Business Honor Roll awards

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Five area organizations were recognized by the Board of Education for having been selected as Wisconsin Association of School Boards' Business Honor Roll award recipients from the District in 2018.

UW Credit Union, Integral Building Systems, Fleet Feet Sports, Singlewire Software and All Channel Electronics were nominated by District officials for the awards in August. The District learned later in the month that all five would receive the honor.

Each business received a framed certificate, along with a Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District pen-and-pencil set and glass coffee mug at the Board's regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 5.

"We very much value the partnerships we have with this year's recipients along with all of our prior award winners,'' Communications Director Perry Hibner said. "The toughest part of this is every summer narrowing down which organizations to nominate because there are so many who do so much for our District. We are fortunte to have so many business partners making a difference for our students and staff.''

UW Credit Union established its first branch in a public K-12 school at Middleton High School in early 2018. They hired MHS students to work at the branch and other nearby locations. They bring staff in to help with financial literacy curriculum. They made scholarships available to graduating seniors. And they helped with the cost of not only constructing the branch office but relocating the athletics concession stand that had been in that location.

"This award represents that outside of these four walls we are succeeding and it is succeeding and having a positive impact on people,'' said branch manager Mark Klingele, who attended the recognition ceremony along with Director of Community Partnerships Jaimes Johnson. "We look forward to continue to work with you.''

The partneship with UW Credit Union was featured in the October edition of Wisconsin School News produced by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.

"We should be giving you an award. We have learned so much from this relationship,'' Johnson said.

IBS has partnered with the District to implement structured low-voltage cabling plants in several MCPASD schools. They have also taken an active interest in our District by providing digital signage at West Middleton Elementary School. "They are highly professional and provide exceptional value,'' Facilities Services coordinator Bill Eberhardt said.

President Nissa Judd and vice president Kevin Judd, who have two children at West Middleton, attended the recognition ceremony along with Mark Considine, who has worked closely with the District.

"We're very excited,'' said Considine, who noted IBS is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. "We've been fortunate to help out the District.''

Fleet Feet Sports, 8440 Old Sauk Road, Middleton, has been instrumental in helping with the Run-Walk-Move event at Northside Elementary School the past four years. Fleet Feet has donated time, staff, tents and race bibs, former principal Roz Craney said. Owner Jessica Anderson, who attended the recognition ceremony, said the event consists of students and teachers running or walking a course for 20 minutes.

"This event encourages the kids and teachers and creates excitement and hopefully will start them running for life,'' Anderson said. "The cameraderie and excitement is so much fun.''

Singlewire Software provides public address and automated communication and building access response capabilities to our communication systems. They have been instrumental in helping the District design a responsive and agile system that allows us to quickly and effectively communicate in and respond to crisis situations, making our schools much safer, Director of Technology Services Jim Blodgett said. The relationship with the District was also featured on WISC-Ch. 3 last year.

"We're honored to accept this award,'' CEO Paul Shain said. "Our goal is to keep students and staff safe. We have more than 7,000 customers but nobody uses it better than the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. We're proud to have you in our backyard.''

All Channel Electronics has been a partner of the District for more than 20 years, Eberhardt said. They handle most of safety and security functions within the District. They have become a respected company within the community by being helpful, knowledgeable, trustworthy and reasonable, he added.

It is the seventh year WASB has offered the program. This year 19 school districts nominated more than 60 businesses.

MCPASD is the only district in the state to have 35 organizations recognized over the seven years of the program, which recognizes school districts and local businesses that have partnered to provide additional learning opportunities or support students, staff and their local communities.

Here is a list of the organizations that have been nominated by MCPASD:








All Channel Electronics

Capitol Sand & Gravel

Copp's Food Center

Cross Plains Chamber

Middleton Chamber

Bray Architects

BMO Harris

Fleet Feet Sports Robin Hill Landscaping

Docter Evergreens

Crossroads Coffeehouse

The Business Source

News Publishing

J.H. Findorff
& Son

Integral Building Systems SSE Concrete

Middleton Endowment

Hilton Garden Inn

Boardman & Clark LLP


Middleton Community Bank

Singlewire Software Trek Bicycle

Middleton Optimist Club

North American Mechanical

Control Works

Schultz Electric

Standard Imaging

UW Credit Union Vogel Brothers

The UPS Store

T.A. Miller Electric

Sauk Plains Plumbing

Willy Street Co-op

State Bank of Cross Plains