West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board to decide on recreation center

Lane Middle School in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District will become a recreation facility.

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board will have one more recreation center and one less school after Lane Middle School closes at the end of the current school year.

The school board on Oct. 31 agreed to redefine the school as a recovery center as part of its 2022-2023 budget. She voted in June to close Lane Intermediate School and two other elementary schools at the end of the 2022-23 school year.

The district’s Department of Recreation and Community Services will lease Lane Intermediate from the district.

However, this decision did not come without some criticism from members of the public.

Three people – Gary Schmid, Joe Mikolajczak and Steve Broadwell – spoke during the public comment portion of the Oct. 31 meeting. Each opposed the recreation center proposal and asked the district to consider selling the building to a church group. Schmid is a resident and member of the church. Mikolajczak and Broadwell are also residents of the district, but are not members of the church.

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