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Milwaukee Public Schools welcome students back on first day

Posted at 12:57 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 15:21:58-04

Milwaukee, WI - Thousands of students are officially saying goodbye to summer —starting a new school year with some red carpet treatment.

MPS students on the traditional calendar rocked into the first day of school with a red carpet roll out Tuesday morning.

“I think it’s our job as a state to kind of stand behind them and get them off to a good start,” said Gov. Tony Evers.

Gov. Evers was just one of many recognizable faces in the crowd cheering and shaking hands as each student made their way into Milwaukee Parkside School of the Arts for the first time this school year.

“There’s a lot of reasons to be excited," Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes said. "We should be optimistic because we’re building community. That's what this type of event does."

After the grand entrance, Superintendent Keith Posley reiterated the district's commitment to the five priorities of success. He said his goals this school year are to increase academic achievement and accountability, improve district and school culture, develop staff, ensure fiscal responsibility and transparency and strengthen communication and collaboration.

“We’re going to make it work with what we have," Posley said. "We’re going to give it a 110% every day, and our children will not suffer."

Superintendent Posley also said the school year is off to a great start for those students who started early, and with all the students starting Tuesday, the district has nearly 77,000 students enrolled.