Milwaukee Public Schools
Press Release

Board Names Dr. Posley MPS Superintendent

Longtime educator puts renewed focus on the classroom

By - Oct 9th, 2018 10:38 pm
Keith P. Posley. Photo courtesy of MPS.

Keith P. Posley. Photo courtesy of MPS.

MILWAUKEE (October 9, 2018) – Dr. Keith P. Posley will officially lead Milwaukee Public Schools, the largest school district in Wisconsin, effective immediately, as Superintendent. Dr. Posley has been serving as interim superintendent since May 21, 2018. He was voted in unanimously by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors at its Board meeting on October 9, 2018.

Dr. Posley has begun the new school year with a renewed focus on district classrooms and increasing academic achievement. Dr. Posley 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 will be available to speak to media Wednesday, October 10; 9:30 – 10 a.m. at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet St.

“I am excited and honored to continue my work as Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools,” said Dr. Posley. “Nothing is more important than the academic success of our young people. I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, families, staff and all community friends of our students.”

Dr. Posley is no stranger to MPS having spent nearly 30 years with the District starting his career in MPS in 1990 as a school teacher at Franklin Elementary. He excelled as a teacher and became an assistant principal, principal and served in various district administrative roles. Dr. Posley most recently was Chief School Administration Officer and was charged with overseeing all 160 MPS schools and their school leaders. Read Dr. Posley’s full biography here.

The plan for ambitious instruction focuses on strong core instruction – reading, writing, and mathematics. Current District efforts are centered on the Five Priorities for Success:

  • Increasing academic achievement and accountability
  • Improving district and school culture
  • Developing MPS staff
  • Ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency
  • Strengthening communication and collaboration

The Ambitious Instruction Plan highlights the District’s commitment to assuring high-quality instructional programming to maximize the learning of all students. MPS works to assure every student receives rigorous instruction to perform at mastery levels in every grade and that students will graduate on time.

About Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • More MPS students are taking college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86.2 million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to seven of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post.

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