Community meeting to be held on future of 68th Street School program

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools wants to let parents and neighbors know about a meeting on Thursday, organized by two city aldermen, to discuss the future of the 68th Street School program.

The meeting – set for 6:30 p.m. at Milwaukee School of Languages, 8400 W. Burleigh Street – is expected to focus on a plan put forth by neighborhood organizations and others to merge the 68th Street program with 81st Street School.

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors voted last week to refer to committee a recommendation to merge 68th Street School with Richard Kluge School. The Board voted in December to close 68th Street School and move its program to a site to be determined.

The committee handling the 68th Street School issue, the Committee on Innovation/School Reform, meets Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street.

MPS administrators plan to attend the Thursday, Feb. 2 meeting to listen to the concerns of families and neighbors.

Superintendent Gregory Thornton said the district needs to be attentive to those families and communities as well as families and communities throughout the city.

School families and neighbors will also have the chance to speak at the Feb. 14 committee meeting.

The Feb. 2 meeting is being organized by Ald. Jim Bohl and Ald. Michael Murphy.