new use has been found for an old middle school.
If all goes as planned, the former McKinley Middle School on 32nd Ave. in
the heart of the city will become a second campus for KTEC, a popular STEM
school that had a waiting list of several hundred.
STEM curriculum stands for "Science, Technology, Engineering and Math."
KTEC--an acronym for Kenosha school of Technology Enhanced
Curriculum--will retain is current home in the former Lincoln Elementary
Against the strenuous objections of students and
parents, MicKinley closed at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. District
officials considered selling the old building, but decided to hang on to it
after considering it's limited market value.
According to the
district, expanding KTEC, a charter school, would better position KUSD to
weather the expected growth of the state-wide voucher program, and might
even attract students who are now attending private schools.
of readying the building for the start of the next school year is estimated
to be $457,000. Subsequent work to the roof and brick is expected to cost
$883,000 over the next five years, according to district documents.
The proposed expansion will be discussed at a school board committee meeting
next Tuesday evening, and again the following evening at 6 in a session open
to the public that'll include Q & A.
Both meetings will be held at
the Educational Support Center.