The Menominee Indian School District (MISD) faced numerous challenges – schools were not meeting expectations, they had a 16% chronic absenteeism and the high school was considered “drop-out factory.”
Wendell Waukau, Superintendent of MIDS, knew that something needed to be done. With his brother Jerry Waukau, Clinic Administrator of Menominee Tribal Clinic, and key partners, they added a dental chair at the elementary school; attendance and success mentors in the community; and career readiness opportunities in the high school.
“We didn’t just do school reform. We did community reform,
Thanks to their efforts, school suspension rates decreased from 8.2% to 6.2% and graduation rates increase from 60% to 90%.