Design for New Underwood Elementary Approved
The Wauwatosa School District has been approved to move forward with its design and plans for the new Underwood Elementary School to be constructed beginning summer of 2019.

The City of Wauwatosa Common Council approved the Conditional Use Permit to construct a new school– required for all new construction - on Tuesday, April 16. The City Plan Commission recommended approval with a 7-0 vote and the City Design Review Board has also approved the exterior building design.  Additional photos of the approved design can be seen here.

Construction Info:
  • Neighbors and parents were invited to meet the construction team on April 23rd.
  • Construction fencing and the construction trailer have been implemented on site.
  • Crews have begun reworking site utilities.
  • Parking for construction crews will be located on the Bryant and Stratton property, per an agreement. Parking on the street will be limited.
  • Standard working hours are: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. but can extend to 7:00 p.m.
  • Any neighbor with questions about the project can visit the VJS trailer on site to connect with the Site Superintendent.
  • Construction will begin in June.
Lincoln Elementary Design Update
Underwood Ave. View (Preliminary Design)
Close up of Main Entrance - Underwood Ave. (Preliminary Design)
On Tuesday, April 18, the District and its architect presented an updated design of Lincoln Elementary School (pictured above) based on the feedback of the City's Design Review Board (DRB) from the last meeting. The DRB said the updated design was a great improvement and "major step forward in the right direction".

The DRB approved of the stacked kindergarten "wing" and the additional outdoor space that change created. It provided some additional feedback about landscaping on the SE corner of the building and a desire to connect that corner more to community activity. There was also some discussion about what color the panels should be on the east side of the building, aesthetics of the exterior walls of the gym space and general landscaping feedback. 

The updated design for Lincoln will be submitted to the Design Review Board for approval on June 6.

Construction info:
  • On April 30th neighbors and parents were invited to meet the construction team.
  • Crews are currently working to prepare the south portion of Lincoln's building for demolition.
  • Construction fencing and the installation of the construction trailer will begin the week of May 6, 2019.
  • Utility disconnects will begin on or around May 6, 2019, building demolition will begin the week of May 13, 2019.
  • Construction will begin in June and will continue through the summer of 2020.
  • Primary entrance to the construction site will be on Wauwatosa Ave. and Warren Ave.
  • Most construction traffic will be routed from Wauwatosa Ave. and Warren Ave. Limited traffic will enter the site off of Underwood Ave. and Milwaukee Ave.
  • Standard working hours are: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. but can extend to 7:00 p.m.
  • Any neighbor with questions about the project can visit the VJS trailer on site to connect with the Site Superintendent.
  • Contractors will be parking in the public parking lot or on-site. Parking on city streets should be minimal.
District-Wide Upgrades Update
The referendum dollars will also address prioritized needs at all other District schools (10) in the areas of: 
  • Building Maintenance & HVAC Systems Improvements 
  • Safety & Security Upgrades 
  • ADA Accessibility Upgrades 
  • Classroom Updates & Technical Education Labs Upgrades 

Construction for the District-wide upgrades will occur over the course of the next three summers. Projects at East High School, West High School and Roosevelt Elementary School will begin first, in summer of 2019.

  • Replace boiler and some mechanical equipment
  • Addition of air conditioning to improve indoor air quality and temperature regulation
  • Maintenance to hard surface/asphalt areas outside of the building; increase green space on north side of building.
  • Replace some flooring and paint (summer 2019), update classroom furniture (December 2019).
  • Relocating the main entrance to the West side of the building and renovating space to create a sequenced secure entry.
  • Renovate current main office area to Speech, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy space.

  • Replace asphalt and concrete sidewalks in parking lot and loading dock area.
  • Replace exterior doors in poor condition.
  • Add classroom door barricade hardware.
  • Renovate Technical Education classroom/lab space (Begin Winter 2019).
  • Repair or replace flooring, ceiling in classrooms.
  • Update some classroom furniture.

  • Replace exterior doors in poor condition.
  • Add classroom door barricade hardware.
  • Renovate Technical Education classroom/lab space (Phase 2).
  • Repair or replace flooring, ceiling in classrooms.
  • Update some classroom furniture (piloted by students in fall of 2018).
  • Upgrade HVAC systems for improved air quality and temperature regulation.
  • Replace some heating equipment.
In Case You Missed It: Referendum Tax Impact Lower than Expected
In our School Reporter Community Newsletter mailed to all residents in March, the District was happy to share that the referendum tax impact is significantly lower than expected.

Thanks to significantly lower interest rates and the structuring of debt payment, the school district was able to reduce the tax impact from a maximum mill rate increase of $1.88 per $1,000 of property value each year for approximately 22 years to an estimated average annual cost of $1.48 per $1,000 of property value over a 20-year repayment term. 

For the first year, the referendum tax impact will increase the school district's portion of the mill rate to $1.87 per $1,000 of equalized property value. Future years are projected to below $1.87.


  • The referendum tax impact will first be noted on your December 2019 tax bill.
  • The City plans to line item the referendum cost on each tax bill.
  • With the changes to your tax bill, now is also a good time to make any necessary adjustments to your escrow account, if you utilize one for payments. 
Reminder: School Board to Hear Proposal to Replace East High School Activity Field Due to Safety Concerns
On Monday, May 6th, the Wauwatosa School District will present a proposal to the Wauwatosa School Board regarding site improvements to the north activity field at East High School as part of the District's 2019 Capital Improvement Projects funded by the District’s operating budget.
The field is proposed for replacement due to safety concerns caused by the shifting of old home foundations beneath it. The foundations and conditions beneath the soil of the field have created hazardous conditions including sinking holes and “hilling”, which creates serious concern for injuries of those using the field.
The current field conditions require substantial maintenance and downtime which leaves competitive teams unable to use it for practice or competition for extended periods of time. This is an on-going concern each year. You can learn more about the proposed project by visiting  www.wauwatosaschools.org/capitalprojects

The intent for this agenda item is present the plan and to hear public comment. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. The Board is not expected to vote on the agenda item on Monday. Can't make it? Email your input here.
Neighborhood Meetings Scheduled to Gather Input on McKinley and Wilson/WSTEM Design Vision
While construction on the new McKinley and Wilson/WSTEM Schools will not begin until next summer (2020), the District and its architect are beginning the community engagement process regarding the design vision for both schools.

Neighborhood Meeting # 3 -- Design Presentation & Neighborhood Feedback
At this meeting the architect will present a preliminary design to the neighborhood for feedback, based on the input from the first two meetings.

  • May 14th @ 6pm - Wilson/WSTEM
  • May 15th @ 6pm - McKinley Elementary

ICYMI: Budget Forum Held to Discuss Impact of Proposed State Budget on Wauwatosa Public Schools
On April 4, Superintendent Dr. Phil Ertl and Dr. Julie Underwood, a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, discussed the impact of the proposed state budget on public schools during a Budget Forum.

Distinguished Service Award Nominations Due May 11
Do you know a Wauwatosa School District employee that goes "above and beyond" normal expectations and embodies exemplary service and dedication in their work? YOU can help them be recognized for their level of excellence by nominating them for the Distinguished Service Award!
The criteria and process are as follows:
  • The nominee must have been employed by the District for at least three years.
  • The nominee can be recognized no more than once every three years. See Recent Recipients of Distinguished Service Award. 
  • An individual may nominate no more than two employees each year.
  • The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 11, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.
  • A committee of the Board will review nominations and select the recipients.
  • When making its decision, the committee will consider (1) demonstrated services to the District which are distinguishable by excellence; (2) quantity and quality of accomplishments listed in the nominating paragraph; and (3) overall realization of this person’s going "above and beyond" normal expectations.
  • Recipients will be recognized at the Opening Day event in August.
Retiring and 25-Year Employees Honored
On Thursday, April 25th, the District held its annual Employee Recognition Dinner to honor its employees celebrating 25-years, as well as retirement this year. Each honoree was recognized by Superintendent Phil Ertl, members of the Wauwatosa School Board, and their colleagues. Congratulations to this year's honorees:

Retiring Employees
  • Jill Bottom -- English Teacher, Whitman Middle School
  • Linda Dusel -- Special Education Teacher, Jefferson Elementary School
  • Marina Fischer -- Food Services, Whitman Middle School
  • Linda Forbord -- Reading Specialist, Wilson Elementary School
  • Susan Gaudynski - Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten Teacher, Lincoln Elementary
  • Mary Hahn -- Second Grade Teacher, Underwood Elementary School
  • Wendy Schmidt -- Physical Education Teacher, Wilson Elementary School.
  • Dawn Witte -- First Grade Teacher, Roosevelt Elementary

25-Year Employees
  • Timothy Patten -- Computer Support Specialist, Technology Services
  • Juliebeth Favour -- Mathematics Teacher, East High School
  • Susan Walczak -- Social Worker, West High School & Wilson Elementary
Sixteen WSD Teachers Awarded Scholarships for Continuing Education Opportunities
The Wauwatosa Woman’s Club, on behalf of the former Suburban Woman’s Club of Wauwatosa, has sponsored $16,000 in scholarships for 16 Wauwatosa School District educators. 

Each $1,000 scholarship awarded is to be used for tuition and/or other fees and expenses for graduate or undergraduate courses related to the teacher’s professional teaching position.

Wauwatosa Students Represent Wisconsin in We the People National Finals
Students from both West High School and East High School competed in the 2019 We the People: The Citizen and Constitution National Finals in Washington, D.C. April 26-29th. They were among 1,200 high school students from across the country.

West High School's team was named the Best Regional Team for the Central States and East High School took home an award for Best Unit 5 Team. Each team consists of six units or areas of expertise. #tosaproud
Above: East High School Unit 5 Team with its award.
Below: Photo of both high school teams
West High School We the People Team.
East Theatre Shows
There is still time to see the Tosa East Players' spring production of "Romeo & Juliet"!

  • May 5 - 2 PM

WSD Students Compete in State Solo & Ensemble Festival
Congratulations to each of the Wauwatosa School District students who competed, or will compete, at the State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival through the Wisconsin School Music Association. The state competition is held the last Saturday of April and the first Saturday of May. READ MORE
Two WSD Students Named National Honor Society Scholars
East High School students Erin Reinhardt and Parker Esswein have been selected as NHS Scholarship recipients. Erin and Parker were chosen from more than 11,000 applicants and will receive a $3,200 scholarship toward higher education. Recipients are chosen based on their demonstrated work to support the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Join us in congratulating Erin and Parker on their accomplishments! #tosaproud
East High School Student Selected for 10-month Youth Exchange Scholarship
Wauwatosa East High School student Lauren Cortright has been selected for the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarship. This is an all-expenses paid August to June program where she will be immersed in German language, life and culture with a host family in Germany, attend classes held all in German, and attend events that involve the German Parliament or Bundestag. The program has a rigorous application and selection process. We’re #tosaproud !
Wauwatosa Wrestling Coaches Named District 7 Coaches of the Year
The Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association voted Wauwatosa Wrestling Coaches Corey Bauer and Kent Morin the District 7 Coaches of the Year for 2019! Read More
Clothes Recycling Drive May 11
Do you have spring cleaning on your to-do list? The Wauwatosa Recreation Department wants to help you! Drop off your unwanted clothing at the Clothes Recycling Drive on Saturday, May 11th from 9:00am - 12:00pm. The drive will be held in the parking lot outside the Recreation Office on the east side of the Fisher Administration Building at 12121 W. North Ave. See what items are accepted.
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