A Hartford Union High
School student works on a welding project during a tech
education class Thursday at the school in Hartford.
recent “very generous” donation will help Hartford Union
High School make improvements in the school’s Tech
Engineering Education Department.
the most recent meeting of the HUHS Board of Education,
the board formally accepted a donation of $20,000 from
Maysteel Industries of Allenton and presented a company
official with a certificate of appreciation for the
“The donation is greatly appreciated and the department
will put it to good use,” said HUHS Superintendent
Attila Weninger during the presentation.
Jason Kraus, chairman of the school’s TEE Department,
said the school has been supported for many years by
local businesses and others.
“This is another example of one of those local
businesses stepping forward to do that,” Kraus said. “We
didn’t know ahead of time or ask about a contribution
before they took the tour of our facility. At the end of
the tour, they surprised us presented us a check for
$20,000 to help our department and students.”
Kraus said school staff doesn’t know yet how the money
will be used, but there are several possibilities.
could be used in our machine or metal processing area.
We’ve also talked about the possible purchase of a
plastic injection molder,” Kraus said. “We’re always
looking at ideas or different ways to aid or improve the
department and its impact on our students.”
Darci Boettcher, Human Resources Manager for Maysteel
Industries, accepted the certificate of appreciation on
behalf of the company. She said the company has helped
other schools with donations and felt HUHS was worthy of
the gift and will put it to good use.
have been in a position where we could invest some funds
because we feel it is so important to keep building the
manufacturing skills in the community. All of the
schools, (in Slinger, West Bend, Kewaskum) and
specifically Hartford, are completely in line with what
we do here at Maysteel,” Boettcher said. “We’re
thoroughly impressed with what they do and understand
the circumstances that they go through sometimes with
supporting the financial obligation of running those
programs. So with our donation we just really feel it’s
important to support those programs.
Boettcher said the company’s CEO, their plant manager
and one of Maysteel’s manufacturing managers were able
to tour the school and the TEE department earlier this
month and were all very impressed.
providing this donation we want to help students learn
the skills that are needed by companies like us in their
employees,” Boettcher. “To do this kind of work they
need skills and they need to be properly trained. What
they learn at these schools prepares them to be the kind
of workers we need here.”
related move, the Board of Education at its most recent
meeting approved the spending of about $31,500 for the
purchase of a refurbished Weeks BP-60 router to replace
a much older SCM Tech 95 router. In a memo to the board,
Kraus said the current SCM router was purchased in 1998
and is out of date and replacement of the controller of
the router along would be about $30,000.
proposal is to purchase the refurbished router
replacement for $40,000,” Kraus said. Kraus said funding
the purchase would be as follows:
The trade-in value of the SCM is factored in to the
The TEE Department received a donated CMM machine that
it is selling for $8,500 to partially offset this cost.
The TEE budget includes $21,000 for replacement
The remaining $10,500 would come from an incentive grant
which has a current balance of about $57,700.
Using those funding resources the net cost to the
district for the refurbished router will only be
$31,500. Kraus said the current machine is used for
production of panel products by two different classes.
Course enrollments are about 80 students in four
sections this year.
major fault in this piece (the SCM router) is like other
such equipment where the controller is out of date,
there is no simple way to change this,” Kraus said in
the proposal to purchase submitted to the Board. “The
new (refurbished) equipment will have new controls with
current software and screens. The machine hardware has
been reworked with a new spindle and a rebuilt rail
According to the company’s website, Maysteel Industries
specializes in designing, engineering, and manufacturing
custom, precision, sheet metal enclosures, cabinets, and
metal fabricated assemblies.