MPS’ New Interim Superintendent Was Principal at High-Performing School

Before moving into administration, Milwaukee Public Schools’ new interim superintendent led what was then one of the top schools in the state focusing on a program that stressed the basics — reading, writing and math — while employing high standards and strict discipline.

Keith Posley was principal of Clarke Street School in 2002 when then-President George W. Bush visited to tout its successes, particularly in educating poor children of color.

MPS declined a request to make Posley available to be interviewed on Friday. But his first official comments suggest his history at Clarke may inform his vision for his new role.

“I believe reading, math and writing need the intense focus of the entire district,” Posley said in a statement issued by the district. “Each child must possess a strong knowledge base in these critical areas.”

Posley, who oversees the district’s school administrators, was selected as interim superintendent by board members late Thursday after a round of closed-door interviews with candidates. He’ll assume the post in late May and work alongside Superintendent Darienne Driver until she leaves in July.

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