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Neighborhood meetings scheduled to gather community input in design vision of new McKinley & Wilson/WSTEM Schools


Construction of the new Wilson Elementary/Wauwatosa STEM and Mckinley Elementary Schools won't begin until next summer - 2020 - but the Wauwatosa School District and its architect, Plunkett Raysich Architects,  are beginning the community engagement portion of the design process for both schools.


The two schools, along with Lincoln and Underwood Elementary Schools, were approved by voters to be reconstructed as part of a $124.9 million facilities referendum to address the District’s aging buildings.


The District will hold three neighborhood meetings at both McKinley and Wilson/WSTEM to gather input in the design visioning process of both new buildings.


Neighborhood Meeting #1 -- Artifact Scavenger Hunt

The goal of this meeting is to identify elements of the current building design that the community appreciates. 


Tuesday, March 19 — McKinley

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, March 20 — Wilson Elementary/WSTEM

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.


Neighborhood Meeting #2 -- Site Design Charrette

Groups will discuss possible site layouts per the parameters/ requirements for each site.


Thursday, April 18 — McKinley

6:00 -7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 17  — Wilson/WSTEM

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Neighborhood Meeting #3 -- Preliminary Design Presentation

The architect will present preliminary designs for feedback, based on input from the first two meetings.


Wednesday, May 15 — McKinley

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, May 14 — Wilson/STEM

6:00 -7:30 p.m.


The format will follow the same process used for the neighborhood meetings for the new Lincoln and Underwood Elementary Schools, which are scheduled to begin construction in early summer of 2019.


All meetings will be held at the respective school. Please enter through the main doors on Gridley Ave. for the Wilson Elementary/WSTEM School meetings and via the main door on N. 89th St. for the McKinley Elementary meetings.


Learn more:

You can learn more about the design process at