More proof Elmbrook imports a LOT of nonresident students

In fact, for the 2009-10 school year, Elmbrook will import the top number of Chapter 220 students in the MPS surround at 324 seats. (297 from this year plus 27 new openings.) Wauwatosa, the old leader DECIDED TO NOT OPEN ANY NEW SEATS and stick to the current number of 314.

According to the MJS other districts are scaling back.

…school districts’ predominant concerns involve the program’s economics – both the impact of nonresident students on existing programming and questions about Chapter 220’s long-term future.

Four districts are not taking any students next year. Others are not taking any other than siblings. Here’s the whole chart from the paper:

I’ve brought this subject forward for a couple of years now. Taxpayers obviously don’t care. They’ll be re-electing Elmbrook School Board President Meg Wartman who gives you non-resident students and a couple of gyms built for the gods (not to mention artificial turf at her child’s high school!) without even blinking. In fact, I doubt this woman who revels in spending your money will even see an opponent.

Anyone else want out of here?


  1. Platform for Change Elmbrook at large seat

    Declining Enrollment
    Non-Resident Students
    New High Schools
    Building Maintenance and Capital Budgeting
    Child Safety
    Replacement of Superintendent and Administrative Team
    DPI Investigation
    Reporting of Behavioral Issues
    Calling the Police when Crimes were Committed
    Possible Violation of Federal Law by Current Board Members
    Enforcement of Current Elmbrook Schools Policies
    Anti-Bullying Initiative – As District has been contacted by DPI to address
    Police Liaison
    Surveillance Cameras in all schools

  2. DPI Investigation
    Possible Violation of Federal Law by Current Board Members
    Anti-Bullying Initiative – As District has been contacted by DPI to address

    Mike – do tell more!

  3. correction,

    District failing to and refusing to call police when crimes were committed

  4. I have heard that a couple of 220 students really beat a resident student quite badly at PPMS. The district refused to call police. Eventually, the parents did.

    Didn’t the Freeman cover it briefly?

    I may try to get a copy of the police report from Elm Grove after the first of the year. If CAO is covering something up, we’ll get to the bottom if it.

  5. More campaign issues:

    Security in our schools:

    The existing Board and Administration does not want an audit trail for what is going on in our schools. We need:

    * Discussion/Review of School Safety Measures

    * Community/Parent oversite

    * Police Liasons in all Middle and High Schools

    * Increase supervision before and after school at entrances and exits to school buildings

    * Reduce the number of access doors to the building prior to the beginning of the school day to ensure that all student entrances are supervised.

    * Ask teachers to further examine the necessity of students to leave classes during instructional time.

    * Increased awareness of instructional staff to supervise hallway, restroom and other areas prior to school, after school and between class hours.

    * Assigned instructors before and after school to hallways and exit locations.

    * Additional staff members to assist with supervision in buildings and exit areas of buildings.

    * Conduct a safety audit of all campuses within the school district. This will help to determine if there are additional needs required to meet safety goals.

    * Security cameras throughout the building and in outside areas of schools.

  6. Mike, as in you want these things? How much more are you willing to pay? I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by all the district demands as it is.

  7. Cindy,

    The major cost would be for the video cameras and monitoring systems. Most schools already have these in place in other districts, down to the elementary schools.

    Other districts also have electronic security systems which log staff members using their electronic pass keys entering the buildings and could limit access to date and time of day.

    I beleive the cost of police in the buildings was stated by Elmbrook Administration/board at $71k or so for the high schools ($35,000 each) .

    Other are districts have police officers (liasons) in the middle and high schools at NO CHARGE to the district. You see, some local cities and towns assign police to schools because it IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THEIR COMMUNITY, and the BEST USE OF THEIR POLICE OFFICERS.

    So the bottom line on cost is upgrading our security systems and monitoring systems.

    Teachers and administration should be out in the halls, at the doors at the beginning and end of the day to keep the children and the facility safe. Since they are already employees, this would be the best use of their time for all involved instead of staying in their rooms.

    I would love to see a survey of other local districts and if any have NO security cameras in their schools.

  8. I agree that teachers and administrators should be out in the halls. Many are already.

    The district tried to fund a police officer for the high schools, but the city wouldn’t fund half, so it fell through. I just don’t see the city taking an officer off their required place parking at the back of a grocery store parking lot to actually be in the schools. That would be very forward thinking and unlikely to happen in our community.

  9. My understanding was that security measures were put into place at the high schools after the first failed referendum (and had been planned regardless of the vote outcome.) Was that not the case?

  10. Not sure how I feel about a liason… on one hand, it could be good. But on the other hand it’s a little too much.

  11. The youngest reports cameras at East.

  12. Cindy don’t forget about the mandatory 2 squad cars at Wirth Park with the driver side windows lined up so the two officers can chat. Way more important than being in the hallway!

  13. My neighbor has dubbed that action as the Brookfield Police mating ritual.

  14. Please go for that police report on the incident which did occur at the end of the last school year at PPMS. It does not end there either – it’s just another ugly chapter.

  15. As a student at East, I feel it is good for us to be exposed to students from the inner city, even if our tax dollars have to pay for it. Did you know that the district receives a financial incentive from the state for each Chapter 220 student? The more students = the more money Elmbrook gets from the state. I actually did a story on this for the school newspaper, and school staff generally support the program. Our principal told me that the program “creates more positive members of Society”.

  16. And yes Cindy, we do have cameras here at East. All over the place.

  17. Anthony – I’d be pleased to put your story here if you’re interested.

    Why can’t “positive” members of society be created in every school?

  18. Anthony,
    Please keep in mind that the “state” is not some mythical money machine, and that it is not exactly flush with money right now. Too often, people speak of funding for these programs as if the money to cover it is simply growing on the lawn of the capital.

  19. Randy in Richmond says:

    Looking at the school district’s names it appears you have quite a few Indian names just as we do here in Virginia.

  20. @Libby; I understand that the state is not some money machine, and it is facing financial problems, but I still, 220 helps students like me experience diversity in my schools.

    @Cindy; I will have the article for you, I have to make some minor edits on it though.

    @Richmond Randy; Yes, since Wisconsin has lots of Indian tribes, we also have lots of Indian names. I am actually part Native American.

  21. Anthony,
    I would argue that there IS diversity in our schools – even without 220. Look around at your classmates. What you will see is ethnic diversity (which was the original intent of 220) and religious diversity. Contrary to what most people think about Brookfield/Elm Grove, there is also economic diversity.

  22. Ethnic diversity? In Elmbrook? Even with 220 there isn’t a nickel’s worth.

    15% minority is not ‘diversity,’ whatever that means anyhow.

  23. Oh, I think there is ethnic diversity in Elmbrook. It’s lovely. Perhaps we have just gotten used it as the norm–and perhaps our minority families are well-assimilated. This is not a comment on the merits of chapter 220 one way or another, just an observation.

  24. I really, truly, do not understand why the diversity of a school district should be any different than that provided by the resident population.

    No one forces a community into diversity. Why an entire school system?

  25. I’m not saying we should have diversity, i’m saying the claim is an overstatement.

  26. Lorax,
    In my child’s classroom last year there were 21 students:

    12 “white” students
    9 “minority” students

    Of the “minority” students, there were:
    6 Asian students
    1 Indian student
    1 Hispanic
    1 African-American student

    I would say that is quite diverse.
    ps. Of those students, 3 were Chapter 220.

  27. Furthermore, of the “white” students, there was one child with a parent born in England and one child with a parent born in Norway. All in all, I would say it was a culturally-rich group of kids. Wouldn’t you agree?

  28. The district does not have the training, initiative, nor desire to prepare it’s staff and student population to address the 220 challenges. 220 students bring diversity. What is the diversity?

    Family makeup
    Cultural and behavioral upbringing

    Race is the least of the issues regarding diversity. These children live in very different environments than most Elmbrook students.

    Applying Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to an Elm Grove or Brookfield student/parent’s life in comparison to a 220 student and family shows a great gap in the levels acheived on the pyramid.

    The exposure to poverty, violence, a single parent household without a father figure is a great influence in the molding of these young children. The district not only is not prepared to address this, they turn their back on the violence and behavior and play the 220 diversity card.

    Based on the PPMS beatings that are referenced, the message from the district is 220 kids, we will tolerate and protect you if you choose to beat and abuse our resident students.

  29. Maslow’s Hierarchy: brilliant! Social/emotional differences are very difficult to describe in a meaningful way; this construct makes the subject much easier to verbalize. Thank you.

    I’m less confident of some of your generalizations. I tend to make similar assumptions, but in reality we don’t really KNOW what the home life of the 220 students is like. We don’t really KNOW what the home life of our resident students is like.

    My kids have been subjected to some outrageous behavior at school and on the bus; some of it was repeated over the course of years. The trouble makers were always local residents. (I even looked up court records on the family of one particularly problematic student. That home situation was appalling.) I have never taken any behavioral issue to a principal and had the principal fail to act. Never. Based on my experience, I have to think any failure to act at PPMS was an anomoly rather than a standard.

  30. ppms issues were covered up by admin not the principal

    the 3 boys who beat the 13 yr old at ppms all come from 1 parent homelives.

  31. Randy in Richmond says:

    I bet none of those 3 boys like spinach, either.

  32. “I’m less confident of some of your generalizations. I tend to make similar assumptions, but in reality we don’t really KNOW what the home life of the 220 students is like. We don’t really KNOW what the home life of our resident students is like.”

    Well said, Kathyryn…and thank you for pointing this out.

  33. I KNOW what the home life of my daughter is. I KNOW how it has changed our daughter’s life after the beatings she took. I know how it has changed our family life. Yes, WE KNOW.

    I KNOW how the perpetrators act and how a couple of the Mom’s defend their children, and how they feel this has gone too far (involving the police).

    I KNOW one of the boys father was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Something about 2 people, a house, a dog, and FIRE. 2 survived, 2 didn’t. Can you guess which?

    I KNOW the district refuses to respond to the abuses that occurred under their watch. 6 months, no response.

  34. FATHER, I’m sorry for offending you. I meant to caution against making assumptions about students on the basis of their zip codes. It was not my intent to trivialize the trauma to your child and family.

  35. What I say about kids in 220 beating up resident students is that if we give them privlage to come to our schools, and get a decent education, they should follow our rules and respect students and staff. If they can’t do that, then they can go back to MPS.

  36. KAthryn

    You haven’t offended me nor my child .

    I wanted to point out the facts i KNOW, not the stereotypes.

    You are a very thoughtful person based on your posts.

    It seems that those in power are more concerned with the political ramifications than simply protecting a child .

    You will see action in the near future to protect all students state wide.

    We have done what is necessary . I told a young african american women what happened to my daughter when i needed to exepedite our communication order for our new house. She moved the install date up
    almost 1 month. She then told me to tell my daughter she is a hero.

    I think shes right.