Attewell Leaves Greendale School District

The longtime Greendale resident, who coordinated the district's technology and communications, said he will remain active in the community.

Bill Attewell has left his position as technology and communications coordinator for the Greendale School District.

Attewell said he is "pursuing new opportunities" but will remain heavily involved in the community.

"I believe that the future of our community and schools is strong," he said. "Please know that I will remain active in our village and community."

Attewell is a longtime Greendale resident. He has also run the Everything Greendale blog, which he said in a post today will be relaunching soon.

our rights January 23, 2013 at 06:00 PM
The agenda put forth was very generalized and the district is already on the path described. Of course we all want the district to move forward and have the best for our children; however there really weren’t any new offerings. That may not be a reason to get rid of him (not sure that can even happen now that his contract has been extended) however it does make his selection for the job somewhat suspect. Which is a reflection on slota and friends. Absolutely nothing to do with being a liberal democrat. Tharp seems like a very nice person, perhaps just not the right qualifications. Nothing personal. That’s what I am hearing from some of these comments and from speaking to others. As for some of the school board members, the ones in question, yes have been there a long time and have grown quite comfy in their positions. No reason to emit an arrogant, condescending aura via comments and body language (something tharp says we need to pay more attention to as part of communicating). Or to spout off about a kid being expelled (which did not happen) prior to all the facts being taken into consideration. And no action against the kids whom did all the bullying in that incident. And is something GHS staff has denied happened, even though some students came forward and apologized. They have some honor unlike some on the board and staff. Specific enough! Specific enough for this forum.
am January 23, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Archie...and your point is? I know that Hughes probably would not vote for a particular candidate running for the school board either as Hughes was subjected to sitting through enough meetings with her over the years listening to her talk like she knew better than anyone else. With Act 10 school districts are sitting in positions that give them a lot more power than in the past and more opportunities to provide our students with the best education possible. As Greendale residents, we need to make sure that we are not voting in candidates that have their own personal agendas and looking for the notoriety in the community, not the best interest of our students or schools.
Amy Hermann January 24, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Can you please be more specific Molly. I can't find any information on what he said anywhere. It sounds like his contract was extended and he has a vision for our community, but no one knows exactly what that it is. Worrisome!
Fred Mullin January 24, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Nicole, I see that bullying is high on your priority list. I wonder if someone will take a good look at what some consider the bullying of staff by the head honcho.
Jennifer January 25, 2013 at 01:19 AM
I am an employee of the Greendale School District. I sat and listened to the State of the District Speech delivered by the Superintendent. He bullied staff by entendre in the presentation. The presentation was about what a fifth grader can do in Greendale. He also implied employees are not to do what I am doing now.
Fred Mullin January 25, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Sounds like we have entered "the emperor has no clothes" territory here.
our rights January 25, 2013 at 06:14 PM
And the crowd went silent
Tron January 26, 2013 at 02:31 PM
This is an interesting topic. However, the responses fail to raise serious questions concerning the educational product delivered to students in real time - specifically the potential departure of school leaders? I question if the district has a plan to replace high quality school leaders? I question why the board throws additional support (extension of his contract) for a superintendent, who has yet to demonstrate anything progressive, or visionary concerning student growth and achievement? School leaders have collaborated with central office administration to move Greendale ahead of its projected achievement, relative to social economic status. These leaders will take their expertise elsewhere and years of service, wisdom, and a track record of success is neglected, disrespected, and marginalized in favor of an individual who has yet to demonstrate little if anything of educational value.
Broad Street Supporter January 26, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Witnesses to the school board's decision to approve John Tharp's contract for three more years were appalled at the arrogance and lack of comment when they made the motion to approve the contract. People are too busy to attend school board skits, I mean meetings. When you are being deceived by people who think they are entitled to act like they are, the only solution is get new board members. My bet is two out of three will be gone. Slota is gone now and Katie Mevis is going to walk away with it. Kozmonovick may get it. Victoria McCormick probably needs to go too. Vote Weid-Vincent and Mevis. Dalkin is the best qualified but he is Kim Amdizich's Daddy.
Gene January 26, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Yes why isn't the Patch covering this story. Or is it a cover up ?
am January 27, 2013 at 04:36 PM
It very easy to "talk the talk", but how many of the candidates actually "walk the walk". I would be confident in saying that there is a candidate who does a good job with embellishing the truth, do your homework people, we don't need people to lose anymore credibility in our school board than they already have.
Gene January 27, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Same as some of the incumbents are not "walking the walk" hence all these comments, Alot of the staff are embellishing the truth even hiding it. That is exactly why we need to take a serious look at the candidates, we have already seen the people on the board, not impressed as of late. But yes, do your homework, and be sure to get out and vote when the time comes !!!
Brenda January 27, 2013 at 10:42 PM
am, glad to see the comment that the school board is losing credibility. That is the word on the street. The decision to renew John Tharp's contract for three more years after 6 months of no presence or leadership sealed that one with many. We in the school district got to hear John Tharp's state of the district speech. Unimpressive to say the least. I am an employ and he too will pass. Greendale residents and parents should pay attention to what is happening here.
Greendale Dad January 31, 2013 at 07:13 AM
You say things like "no presence," but I do not think that those words mean what you think that they mean. I've seen Dr. Tharp at more school events, more PTO meetings, more meet-and-greets, and more community events in 4 months than I saw his predecessor in the previous years that my daughter's been a student here. We've got a superintendent invested in the community, and in the schools. We have a superintendent who's demonstrated a commitment to being approachable and present and active. It's embarrassing to me that it seems like the regular Patch Partisans are turning our children's education into just another political game. It's doubly embarrassing to me that certain people and new school board candidates don't seem to realize that their sour grapes are just turning into bitter whines.
Fred Mullin January 31, 2013 at 01:30 PM
It may be easy to try to spin the serious questions about Tharp's leadership (or lack thereof) as politically motivated. Frankly, I am not seeing that. Parents, taxpayers and teachers have every right to be concerned and voice those concerns. The Patch is an excellent venue for that community conversation.
Jason Patzfahl January 31, 2013 at 01:33 PM
I could not have said it better myself!!! Bravo "Greendale Dad."
our rights January 31, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Physically being there and actually showing some leadership skills during these somewhat unsettling times are two completely different things. Whining for or against is still whining. Many people are just looking for solid answers and are not getting them, that is what some are upset about and not happy with the nonresponsiveness and pompous attitudes from the board. There are always going to be opposing opinions however that is no reason to act so self-important towards someone whom asks the tough question. Work for the people, all the people, not just the ones who voted you in.
Jason Patzfahl January 31, 2013 at 03:55 PM
@ "our rights" "There are always going to be opposing opinions however that is no reason to act so self-important towards someone whom asks the tough question." ~ There were no "tough questions" asked during the last school board meeting of Dr. Tharp or the school board. Where you there? Did you speak up about your concerns - Except doing so anonymously on the patch, I mean? I speak up about my concerns (sometimes at the meetings, sometimes on the patch), and I always use my legal name...People might take your "concerns" more seriously if you had a name to go with your "concerns."
Jason Patzfahl January 31, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Did you speak up at the meeting? No, of course not. And as a parent who follows what happens in the school district VERY closely, I disagree with almost everything that you had to say. Dalkin has been a business CEO, has no educational experience that I know of, and would probably fit in like a square peg on a school board, but is the father of a very well-respected Director of Assessment & Learning, which is his best qualification, not his worst. Weid-Vincent is an ex-teacher who has only one agenda that I know of: Do what is best for the kids, which is a good thing. But oh no, she recently ran against local Republican Jeff Stone, which will probably hurt her chances. Mevis: I refuse to comment any more on the candidate until I have a better understanding of her, but I am cautious about her reason for running, at best. And let's ask ourselves, Still, right now, would you rather send your kids to Greendale, Greenfield or New Berlin Eisenhower, or even Oak Creek?
our rights January 31, 2013 at 04:19 PM
There are tough questions being asked here with no offerings. Yes I was at that meeting and yes I chickened out at speaking up there. At the next meeting perhaps not so much. As I've heard and said many times, at my personal visits to the district office, I was turned away, told to leave a message for tharp which went answered as did emails and phone calls. My name seems to be of concern to you, while my concerns, in the big picture, are for the kids. The use of anonymous names, that may be an issue you would like to take up with patch.
Jason Patzfahl January 31, 2013 at 04:25 PM
@ "our rights" ~ Or you could always edit your username to reflect your actual name, but that would take courage...just like speaking up at the meetings. I will admit, it is not fun or easy, but Hell, I've done it and I am NO professional public speaker. Each time it gets a little easier, and I get a little better. Try it, or stomp whining.
Original Dweller January 31, 2013 at 04:26 PM
How does the CEO of the Greendale Public Schools get away with not answering email, citizen questions, or returning calls. Oh Yes, I forgot. The board of trustees he works for does the same thing. This is a symptom of a bigger problem. The administrators in the central office are well known for coming late to meetings, not being ready for them, slow or not answering emails and phone calls. My neighbor who teaches at one of the primary schools lives in the B sections talks about this all the time. Teachers gave up getting answers from the administrators this fall.
our rights January 31, 2013 at 04:29 PM
And I quote; """"I was unable to attend"""", "but have heard from parents that I trust that they liked his agenda and the path he wants to put GSD on."
our rights January 31, 2013 at 04:33 PM
You can can call it whining or whatever you like, does not change the facts on how people of opposing views are treated. Whether it be here, at board meetings or on Broad Street.
Jason Patzfahl January 31, 2013 at 04:52 PM
A superintendent is NOT a CEO of a company. CEO's have to answer to the board, whose job it is to make a profit. Schools are not businesses, nor is it a for profit model. Public schools are an investemnt in our kids and the future and do not make widgets so a few people up top can get wealthy. And I am sorry to burst your bubble, but administrators calling meetings and arriving late is hereditary in EVERY school district. And Personally, from my experience, I disagree with the claim that they do not return calls or emails. It just simply isn't true from where I sit. Maybe you should try a different tone if you are unsuccessful. Give respect and you shall get it.
Jason Patzfahl January 31, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Sorry, but Mondays are hectic for me. I will do my absolute best to be at the next school board meeting. And by the way, there are about 300 people name "Gene" in Greendale, but only one J. Patzfahl (probably in the entire world). Don't get me wrong, sometimes I wish I could hide in anonymity, but then I would think myself a total hypocrite. gotta get to work...that's enough of this for today -
our rights January 31, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Dammed if I do, Dammed if I don’t. Not aware 300 Gene's here. They all have a nice name; we should start the "Gene" club. Oh wait that would be a clique. Sorry. You seem to be quite informed and I can respect that, I have nothing personal against you or your views, just letting mine be heard here on the patch like so many others and be assured my experiences will be made known to the proper authorities that enforce educational policies at the state and federal governmental level. Will take a while but it will happen. As contacting the district directly and politely, from my experience was not effective. May not have been that way with others which is fine. Getting respect and giving respect is a two way street.
Linda G January 31, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Don't just beat up John Tharp for weak performance. Hold the directors of the school board up for election responsible for the vote approving a 3 year contract without good reason except they could not admit they might have an issue on their hands. I know that many of us tried to convince them and it got to them so bad they stopped answering email or calling us back. Vote them out and get new people who will listen, answer and own their actions. Vote Weid!!!!
Jason Patzfahl February 06, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Seems as though Bill Attewell leaving the district might have been a messy affair: His "everything greendale" blog is nothing but bashing the Greendale school district. He does not report on anything positive from within the district, like constant student feedback to the board, improved lunches, improved test scores, more student diversity, our ability to meet our students' diverse needs, the great concerts and productions, our great music program, various student-achievements, etc. and etc... He is Mr. negativity. Sometimes you have to remove the unhappy, rotten apple from the bunch so that the rest of the bushel is not infected.
our rights February 06, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Well Jake, now who's whining.


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