1970's

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you…”

The 1970’s saw significant changes that prospered an even greater Christian education for special needs children in the Milwaukee area. God indeed made the plans for Lutheran Special School to prosper.

1971 The school began meeting at Concordia College in Milwaukee, serving twelve students.

1972 The Milwaukee Federation of Lutheran Churches could no longer afford to operate the Special School, so Concordia College assumed the responsibility for operations. The Special School was renamed “Concordia Special School.” Marilyn Bartel became the Principal.

1975 Ms. Bartel resigned, and Judy Schultz was hired as teacher and Principal.

1977 Concordia continued to operate the classroom for twelve students. Approximately fifty Concordia students a year served as paraprofessionals as part of their “Introduction to Psychology” class, and received one credit.

1979 Due to the need for a balanced budget, the Special School class was given ninety days to raise $10,000, or the school would have to close. The amount was successfully raised with the help of the Siebert Foundation, the Badger Lutheran newspaper, congregations, and individuals.