Milwaukee Public Schools
Press Release

First Day of School is Monday, August 13

Dr. Posley, who became interim superintendent on May 21, begins the new school year with a renewed focus on district classrooms.

By - Aug 7th, 2018 12:05 pm

MILWAUKEE (August 7, 2018) — Milwaukee Public Schools will welcome back its high school, middle school, and select elementary school students on Monday, August 13 to kick off the early start calendar. To celebrate the first day of school, Interim Superintendent Dr. Keith Posley, members of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, and community members will visit Audubon High School.

Dr. Posley, who became interim superintendent on May 21, begins the new school year with a renewed focus on district classrooms. 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.

“Every single day, is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students and staff,” said Dr. Posley. “I am confident we can do this; I am confident our students will win. Our students are counting on us.”

As the 2018-19 school year begins, Dr. Posley is focused on core instruction – reading, writing, and mathematics – and attendance. District efforts are built around 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

Additional focus areas for the 2018-19 school year include:

  • Ambitious Instruction Plan
  • Attendance Campaign

The first day of school for MPS elementary schools on the traditional calendar is Tuesday, September 4.

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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