About the MPSD

In the Manitowoc Public School District, we believe that learning should give students the tools to make their dreams come true. Our focus on “high quality” instruction starts with the basics but is far more than a checklist of skills. We want students to develop a depth of understanding that will serve them now and equip them for a future that will surely amaze and challenge them.

New mission and vision statements, and core values were adopted in 2017 to help guide the MPSD in becoming the best district in the universe. 

Mission Statement:  The Manitowoc Public School District commits to educate, engage and inspire all learners to thrive in a global community.

Vision Statement:  Inspiring Education-Empowering Community-Unleashing Potential

Core Values:  Relationships-Compassion-Collaboration-Dedication-Integrity-Inspiration

The MPSD is a caring and supportive community of staff, students and parents

Every child is an individual and learns in different ways. Children of the same age and in the same grade may have different levels of achievement and that is why MPSD teachers use a wide variety of teaching methods. It is our responsibility to:

  • Value the individuality of each student
  • Analyze the unique needs of each student
  • Differentiate instruction — teach with student variance in mind
  • Scaffold instruction to meet the student at the right level while using an appropriate delivery model
  • Provide early and ongoing assessment and intervention to meet the needs of struggling students
  • Communicate regularly with parents and students
  • Encourage all students to reach their full potential

The MPSD has a strong leadership team

The district operates under a Board of Education, which consists of seven citizens elected at large by voters of the district. The Board members are responsible for administrative supervision of all public schools in the district.

Superintendent Mark Holzman was appointed to head the district in July 2015. He works collaboratively with the following six central-office based directors. 

  • Director of Education Pamela Lensmire
  • Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment Jason Bull
  • Director of Business Services Shawn Alfred
  • Director of Pupil Services Joanne Metzen
  • Director of Human Resources Joyce Greenwood-Aerts
  • Director of Buildings and Grounds Chris Dupre

The MPSD is proud to share their statistics

The MPSD is a unified school district established in 1910 that includes the City of Manitowoc and some of the bordering rural area - a total of 93 square miles. The district has the 28th largest enrollment among the 426 public school districts in the state.

  • The third-Friday-in-September enrollment count on Friday, September 21, 2018 was 5,156. 
  • The MPSD has the following ethnic enrollment in 2018-2019: 0.52% American Indian, 9.2% Asian, 4.2% Black, 14.16% Hispanic, 66.4% White, 0% Pacific Islander, 3.92% Two or More.
  • In 2018-2019, 49% of students qualified for free or reduced meals.

The MPSD has one comprehensive high school, an alternative high school (operating as a charter school), two middle schools, five grade K-5 elementary schools, and one elementary school that serves 4K-5th grade and Head Start students. 

The district employs around 895 people — approximately 390 teachers, 20 administrators, 140 paraprofessionals, 40 secretaries, 50 custodians/maintenance, 30 support staff, and 225 subs and coaches.

The MPSD believes in non-discrimination

The Manitowoc Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, creed, religion, marital or parental status, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability in access or admission to programs, services, or activities, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of its operations. 

The Manitowoc Public School District provides access to all courses, including Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or disability. CTE programs include, but are not limited to, career exploration activities or courses, job shadowing, work experience, youth apprenticeships, business/community partnerships, and GED02 programming. 

The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs. 

The Manitowoc Public School District does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.

This notice is provided as required by: 

  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (1964)
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) 
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments (1972)
  • Title II of the ADA (1990)

Questions concerning this policy should be directed to Superintendent Mark Holzman at holzmanm@mpsd.k12.wi.us or 2902 Lindbergh Drive, P.O. Box 1657, Manitowoc WI 54221-1657.



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