Welcome to the School District of South Milwaukee
Since its founding, the School District of South Milwaukee has provided a public education that prepared students for life working in Wisconsin and beyond. For most of its history, the District taught the children of the city’s mill and factory workers. As the economy has changed, so has the community and the District, but many small-town characteristics remain. Students in this small city by Lake Michigan still walk to its schools, where they’re greeted personally by their principals and teachers.
The school district has four elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. Roughly 2,800 students are educated in the district from 3K-12th grade, and live within walking distance to their schools.
The District’s industrial past is honored to this day with a modern Career and Technical Education program. The CTE program has six certified career education pathways in Advanced Manufacturing; Architecture and Construction, Business Administration - Finance, and Patient Care. In a nod to the past and an embrace of the present needs of these industries, our CTE grads often walk across the stage one day and start their careers the next.
For those who have college aspirations, South Milwaukee helps students earn early college credit with 14 Advanced Placement courses in math, science, literature, art and design and government. Additionally, students have more than 50 possible technical college credits available to them in the fields in courses like 3D Modeling, Advance Accounting, ProStart (cooking), child care, and teaching.
For several weeks now School Board members and District representatives have been out in the community with tables, like at the Bucyrus Club and various sporting events talking to residents about the 2 million dollar non-recurring operational referendum that’s on the ballot on April 2nd. We had a big information night at the high school and have two more planned out in the community.
Today’s podcast is a version of one of those sessions – I’ve invited administrators from each area affected by the referendum to tell us about what the additional dollars would be used for
The referendum is called Safe, Supported, and Successful. We’ll start with student and staff safety, then student success, and then hear about how we’re supporting students and staff.
Then, at the end, I’ll take the questions we’ve gotten about the referendum and ask Business Services Director Dan Arnold to answer them.