NOW:53207:USA00949
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA00949
H 17° L 5°
Clear | 6MPH

Pillar, signs being replaced at Deer Creek school

July 24, 2008

The large cement pillar that greets parents and students as they pull into Deer Creek Intermediate School will soon be gone.

The pillar is inscribed with pictures of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, an angel carrying a scroll, and other religious symbols. It served as a base for a statue when St. John’s School for the Deaf, which closed in 1983, occupied the site, and school officials will contact the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to see if it wants the pillar.

Signs being updated

Principal Mary Garcia-Velez said the pillar is outdated, not appropriate for Deer Creek and confuses visitors, as a sign affixed to it reads Deer Creek Elementary School. Deer Creek changed from an elementary to a middle school in 2005.

“We want to change the signage, so its representative of our school,” Garcia-Velez said. “It (pillar and sign) doesn’t go with who we are.

“It has nothing to do with the fact that it has religious significance.”

Other signs also include elementary school in the name and will be changed, too. The name on the school building was changed July 21 to just Deer Creek.

Garcia-Velez said signage is being adjusted “to show who we are now.”

No timetable set

Julie Kelly, St. Francis School District business manager, said the district’s maintenance personnel will take down the pillar. She was unsure how much that would cost, when it would be done or how long it would take.

Jerry Topczewski, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, said no one had contacted archdiocese personnel, as of July 17, about the pillar. He said archdiocese staff try to facilitate the placement of art work elsewhere if possible, depending on whether or not it can easily be maneuvered.

Jim Paszkiewicz, 69, adult education director at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in St. Francis, said the pillar has been there as long as he can remember.

“Sometimes religious articles have had their time and they need to be disposed of,” Paszkiewicz said.

Chantel Balzell can be reached at (262) 446-6602.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Oak Creek's Hakes back in state wrestling semis for second time 2/27

» Southridge Mall announces Eddie Bauer addition 2/26

» Dr. Seuss' birthday celebrated at Oak Creek library for Family Fun Night 2/25

» Got stuff? The Clutter Coach is coming to Oak Creek to help 2/25

» Oscar's Frozen Custard to open new location in Franklin 2/24

» OCFSD considers more than $1 million in proposed capital improvements 2/24

» West Allis superintendent finalists hail from Shorewood, Greendale, MPS 2/23

» Tickets now on sale for Greendale High School's 'Guys and Dolls' spring musical 2/23

» Milwaukee County Transit expands bus service to Oak Creek 2/19

» Sikh Temple shooting examined in one-hour documentary Monday 2/19

» Polish Center of Wisconsin begins Friday night fish fry for Lenten season 2/19

» Colleen Perry named Educator of the Year by Greendale Chamber of Commerce 2/19

» Greendale's John Tharp seeks new job with West Allis-West Milwaukee Public Schools 2/18

» Four Greendale School Board candidates will vie for two seats in general election 2/17

» Four OCFSD school board candidates advance to April's general election 2/17

» Oak Creek District 3 candidates advance to April's general election 2/17

» Dental Associates named Business of the Year by South Suburban Chamber of Commerce 2/17

» 'Spite Fences' author to visit Whitnall Middle School students 2/17

» Boerner Botanical Gardens to host winter bird arboretum walk 2/17

» Candidate appointed to vacant Oak Creek-Franklin school board seat 2/16

» Proposed veterans memorial stands a fighting chance at Broad and Southway location 2/16

» Slow-developing Hampton hotel in Franklin now expected to open in spring 2/16

» The Rock Sports Complex commended by South Suburban Chamber of Commerce for its 'Pride in Premises' 2/16

» Oak Creek High School parent/teacher conferences scheduled March 4 2/13

» No local ceremony awaits honored Oak Creek officers 2/13

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement


Local Business Directory

CONNECT    

Most Popular