President of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors Mark Sain
Press Release

Statement of Mark A. Sain, President of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors

"To be clear, there will be times when Dr. Driver and the Board do not agree. That is natural and to be expected."

Dr. Darienne Driver is Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, and I support her and the committee meeting process and policies of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.

Recently, the Milwaukee Public School Board’s Accountability, Finance and Personnel Committee discussed a number of important, and for some, emotional issues – a lease for one of our charter partners and compensation changes made as part of the Fiscal Year 18 budget. At times the discussion became heated and disrespectful to audience members, committee members, district staff, and MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver.

To be clear, there will be times when Dr. Driver and the Board do not agree. That is natural and to be expected. When that occurs, those issues will be discussed during meetings of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, not in public statements or comments that are unfair to both the Board and the superintendent.

As a community, we all share in the sometimes difficult, and always important, work of giving our children the best education possible. As a leader in Milwaukee, Dr. Driver is recognized nationally for innovation and program implementation. She is the chairperson of the Council of the Great City Schools, and was elected to that position by dozens of superintendents in large school districts across the country. Dr. Driver’s sole focus, our sole focus, is on doing what is best for our students, employees, and the community. I support that focus and Dr. Driver.

In just three years, she has guided and supported our students and staff through challenging times as we have focused on the most important work we do – improving outcomes for all our children. Her initiatives include:

  • Development of Eight Big Ideas, a series of organization-wide strategies that link and reinforce efforts to improve student achievement
  • Expansion of popular and in-demand programs including Montessori, International Baccalaureate, language immersion, and career and technical education
  • Creation of 20 high school-based College & Career Centers where students get information and support as they plan for their futures
  • Expansion of college-level Advanced Placement classes, including the use of telepresence to give students the opportunity to take advanced classes offered in other schools
  • Development of a new department to improve the educational achievement of Black and Latino male students

There is still work to be done. Resources need to be secured for our children and their schools, student achievement must improve and we must work together – families, students, teachers, staff, superintendent, and Board. I support this community and I support Dr. Driver as she works to create better opportunities and outcomes for our young people, the children of Milwaukee.

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7 thoughts on “MPS Gives $100,000 in Pay Raises Without Board Approval”

  1. Paul Hanson says:

    Gosh….I’ve been told that long ago there might have been an “Ol’ boys” network.
    Now we have the “sisterhood”
    What ever happened to MPS’s LEADERSHIP?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am appalled at the way our educational system has become! It should not be a business……never should have!! I think it is time that we cut from the top and give back to our kids. Every kid in our district should deserve what they need to succeed. How we serve our families without the income it takes to run. This is absurd and wrong!!!!!!!!!!!! We need to start caring about KIDS and FAMILIES and PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Eddie says:

    It’s said, I think everyone involved should lose their job along with the Superintendent who has no understanding of MPS. Did she get apart of the healthy raise

  4. Kendra says:

    When will we also get a list of the thousands of positions in central office??? These people are ALL making twice what any para makes, plus what teachers make! And have little to NO contact with OUR students ever!!! It is a downright sin how MPS superintendent & central office is running!

  5. Lorie says:

    I’m appalled also. I’m an MPS employee, a secretary and our raise was 0.4% – that amounts to an additional $6.00 per check. I enjoy my job – waking up each morning knowing that in a small way I do make a difference in a students like & the city of Milwaukee. But this is very disheartening & we have to do better.
    Kendra, I enjoyed your comment on the staff at the Admin. Bldg! There’s a lot of us who agree with you!

  6. Lorie says:

    I’m an MPS employee, a secretary and I am appalled at this. I did receive a raise- 0.4%! That comes to an additional $6.00!per check ! I enjoy my job- knowing each each day in my small way I make a difference in a students life and the City of Milwaukee. This is disheartening and we can do better! Anyone reading this – know that there are a lot of us who do our job everyday!!

  7. classroom says:

    This is a real life example of social injustice. Giving more to the upper echelon who are already a strain on the fragile school budget and leaving less for the hard working certified/classified employees of MPS; most importantly taking away from the students. If only the Vliet Street people would understand the history of American Education, they would know that the sole purpose of public schools is to educate our future generations, not a means of self promotions, high salary positions and fleecing of tax payers. This should be treated as criminal activity and all who are involved need to be publicly identified and punished including the superintendent. I plan on using this unfortunate event as a lesson to implement with my students so that they understand what is going on with these individuals who are hired to make MPS a positive agent of socialization. Just disgusting!

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