Message from Acting Superintendent Dr. Driver

Dear Colleagues,

I am honored to serve as acting superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.  Although the 2013-14 school year just ended, we’re already gearing up for a successful start to the 2014-15 school year. It’s a school year that promises to build on the incredible successes we celebrated this past year.

The 2014-15 school year promises even more great things for our students and the Milwaukee community as we launch new efforts to improve student outcomes.

  • Parent coordinators will be in every school, working to strengthen partnerships with parents to increase student achievement.
  • School support teachers will help every school develop a road map to improved instruction by supporting professional development and working to identify and grow excellence in teaching.
  • Fourteen Commitment Schools are receiving additional resources to more sharply focus on implementing rigorous academic and behavioral interventions.  All 48 schools rated in the lowest category on the state report card will receive additional support.
  • Students and staff will notice improvements in nearly four dozen MPS schools which underwent major maintenance/facilities improvements this summer.  Seventeen schools were also spruced up through our ongoing partnership with GE.  In addition, the reconstruction of the new South Stadium is well underway and improvements at Custer Stadium will begin at the end of the upcoming football season.  Our students deserve the best facilities possible, whether they’re pursuing academic or athletic excellence.

We have a great team of leaders at the school and district level and I’m pleased to announce new roles for two members of our district leadership team.  Erbert Johnson is our new chief of staff.  His financial knowledge – as MPS comptroller and banking executive as well as his extensive community connections – brings a wealth of experiences and knowledge to the district.  Ruth Maegli will oversee district innovation efforts as acting chief innovation officer.  Ruth, a longtime principal, has directed the district’s GE Foundation Demonstration Schools project that model successful implementation of the Common Core for other schools in the district.  Both are proud MPS graduates.

While we’ve made progress, we still have a lot of work to do.  We’ve made changes that will allow us to run the race faster in our efforts to improve achievement. It’s a challenge, but it’s one I know we can meet.  Our children and our community are depending on us to do nothing less.

Enjoy the summer.  September will be here before we know it.

Sincerely,

Darienne Driver, Ed.D.

Acting Superintendent of Schools