1980's

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you…”

The Lord had His hand on this ministry. In the 1980’s, the location threatened its closing, but God promised not to harm.

1982 Concordia Special School moved to the new campus of Concordia College in Mequon.

1985 Enrollment declined due to distance and transportation problems, so in March, the Board of Regents of Concordia decided to close the school at the end of the 1985-86 school year. In the fall, Gene Ladendorf, the District Superintendent of Lutheran Schools, formed a task force to study the need for special education services for Lutheran children in greater Milwaukee. This task force verified the need for services and put together a proposal to the District Department of Education asking for support and seed money to begin an independent special education program. This request was granted.

1986 Lutheran Special School, formerly, Concordia Special School, became a totally independent organization with its own Board of Directors, bylaws, and budget. Lutheran Special School opened its doors as an independent school serving twelve students in a Milwaukee Lutheran High School classroom.

1987 A half-time teacher was added to the classroom at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. A teacher-consultant was hired to identify and test students needing remedial services. It became apparent that students at Milwaukee Lutheran High could also benefit from Lutheran Special School.

1988 The Elementary Resource Room program was begun at Mt. Olive Lutheran School.