Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 2/22/2018 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Accountability, Finance, and Personnel
Type: Action
Subject: 8. Action on a Request to Rename Richard Kluge Elementary School to Richard Kluge Elementary School of the Arts
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 5.01 - Facilities
Attachments: Name change request letter
File Attachment:
Kluge name change request letter.pdf
Background: Richard Kluge Elementary School is a traditional elementary school, which served 294 students in grades K4 through 5 in 2016-17 and the fall enrollment count for 2017-18 was 324.

Kluge was formally designated as an arts specialty school, effective for the 2013-14 school year, through a vote of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors in the fall of 2012. The school is one of seven formally-approved arts specialty schools in Milwaukee Public Schools.

To make the school more easily recognizable for families as an arts specialty school, Kluge is seeking a name change in keeping with the naming conventions at many other MPS arts schools, which include "arts" in their school names.

Principal Keushum Willingham presented a possible name change to various stakeholder groups in September 2017. In a vote, staff supported the change. In October 2017, the School Engagement Council also voted in favor of a new name. Mr. Willingham subsequently submitted the attached letter to the Superintendent requesting that the school be renamed Richard Kluge Elementary School of the Arts.

The Administration recommends approval of renaming Richard Kluge Elementary School to Richard Kluge Elementary School of the Arts.
Fiscal Impact Statement: This item does not authorize expenditures. Any costs associated with the name change will be absorbed in the school's FY18 budget.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon approval by the Board, the Administration will work with the school to implement the name change
Recommendation: Your Committee recommends that the Board approve renaming Richard Kluge Elementary School to Richard Kluge Elementary School of the Arts.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Director