Milwaukee Public Schools
Press Release

MPS Board Update: Dr. Driver’s contract extended

Board, Superintendent continue work to provide students opportunities for success

By - Aug 19th, 2016 05:45 pm
Dr. Darienne Driver

Dr. Darienne Driver

MILWAUKEE (August 19, 2016) – The Milwaukee Board of School Directors this week extended the contract of Superintendent Darienne B. Driver, Ed.D. through 2019.

“Dr. Driver is the type of leader the students of this city need. Her efforts over the past two years have moved the school district forward and are breaking new ground in moving Milwaukee in the right direction for children and families,” said MPS Board President Mark Sain.

“Now more than ever we need to work together to ensure that our young people have the access to the opportunities they need to succeed,” said Superintendent Driver. “I appreciate the board’s confidence and support for the work our team is engaged in as we provide each MPS student opportunity and access to a quality education.”

As a superintendent who values partnerships, Dr. Driver has utilized the research-based Collective Impact Model, which seeks to improve student outcomes by engaging different community, business and other organization in improving school performance. Some examples underway now include six schools in the Community Schools Partnership, workforce development initiatives in agriculture at Vincent High School and culinary arts with the ProStart program at four high schools, the Milwaukee Partnership Schools, and the 5 in 1 Collaborative Partnership at Carver Elementary School.

Under Dr. Driver’s leadership, the district celebrated a number of accomplishments, including:

  • The MPS Classes of 2015 and 2016 earned a record-setting scholarship combined total of more than $90 million
  • Attendance increased in four of the district’s five regions
  • One hundred MPS schools were recognized for reinforcing positive behavior and meeting the academic needs of students
  • Literacy improved across grade levels, with some of the greatest gains in kindergarten and first grade where students who started the school year below target were on target by the end of the school year
  • Eight MPS high schools were rated among the best in the state and nation by US News and World Report and the Washington Post
  • MPS is the only district in the state selected to participate in the Turnaround Arts program, the signature program of the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities

Prior being named superintendent in 2014, Dr. Driver joined MPS in July 2012 as its first Chief Innovation Officer. Dr. Driver served in key leadership positions in several school districts, including Deputy Chief – Empowerment Schools for the School District of Philadelphia. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Detroit Public Schools.

Dr. Driver was appointed Superintendent in September 2014. Her extended contract runs through June 30, 2019, and includes a salary of $255,000 a year.

Dr. Driver earned a doctorate from Harvard University in Urban Superintendency in 2014. She has a master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and a master’s in curriculum development from the University of Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.

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