The MPS board met Tuesday night to vote on a number of school closings, moves and other changes. Here is a quick guide to the results, courtesy of MPS.
The following schools will close at the end of the current school year (June 2012):
- 65th Street School
- Burroughs Middle School
- WORK Institute
- Montessori High School
- Wisconsin Career Academy
The following changes will go into effect at the end of the current school year (June 2012):
- Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning will move to 1017 N. 12th St.
- Hamlin Garland School moves to 3120 W. Green Ave. The grade levels of Hamlin Garland School will change to K4-grade 6 in school year 2012-13. In 2013-14, grade 7 will be added, and in 2014-15, grade 8 is to be added.
- MacDowell Montessori School moves to 6415 W. Mt. Vernon Ave. The grade levels of MacDowell Montessori change to K3 to grade 12.
- Hayes Bilingual Elementary School moves to 971 W. Windlake Ave. The grade levels for Hayes will be K4 to grade 6 in 2012-13 school year. In 2013-14, grade 7 will be added, and in 2014-15, grade 8 is to be added.
- Kosciuszko Montessori School will have K3 through grade 3 in school year 2012-13.
- Carver Academy remains open in school year 2012-13. Enrollment next year is limited to K4 students and siblings of existing students.
- James Madison Academic Campus changes from a charter school to a traditional MPS school.
- Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language changes from a charter school to a traditional school.
- Milwaukee School of Entrepreneurship changes from a charter school to a traditional school.
- 68th Street School's building will close in June 2012. The administration has been directed investigate merging the program with a school, and to report back to the Board in February.
- Golda Meir: In fall 2012, grades 6-8 will be located in the Milwaukee Education Center, at 227 W. Pleasant St. Planning for a high school expansion at Meir occurs during 2012-13 school year, with grade 9 added in fall 2013.
- Community High School's location in the 2012-13 is yet to be determined. Its charter contract was renewed for two years.
- Alliance and Carmen charter schools also received contract renewals.
Award-winning MPS students
MPS announced today that a number of its students recently excelled in some local and national competitions. Links to expanded information from the district are below.
- Ten MPS students earned medals in last weekend's final round of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr Speech Contest.
- A Rufus King High School team took third in a math competition at MSOE.
- Milwaukee High School of the Arts student Timothy Boone, Jr., won a YoungArts Merit Award in the "Popular Voice" category.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.