Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Preparations for the 2018-19 school year are officially underway with the start of Milwaukee Public Schools’ Leadership Institute at North Division High School.
The crowd of more than 450 school leaders gave Interim Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley a standing ovation as he thanked them for their hard work and dedication to the children and families of the community.
Dr. Posley, who became interim superintendent on May 21, returned more than $11 million in funding to schools when he restructured the 2018-19 budget. He also reorganized MPS Central Services to focus on supporting schools and students.
Dr. Posley explained his focused approach to instruction for the 2018-19 school year - reading, writing, and mathematics. He is building his efforts around Five Priorities for Success:
- Increasing academic achievement and accountability
- Improving district and school culture
- Developing our staff
- Ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency
- Strengthening communication and collaboration
Dr. Posley encouraged staff to continue to work together to improve outcomes for students and to capitalize on the strengths of their staff. While he said there are challenges facing the district, age was excited about the opportunities as well.
“Every single day, there is the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students and staff.” “I am confident we can do this, I am confident we, and our students will win. Our students are counting on us.”
School leaders also heard inspirational messages from Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, whose wife is a teacher, South Division High School valedictorian Dwat Iang, who fled the violence of Myanmar just three years ago, and Pulaski Principal Lolita Patrick.