Public pools close, school year begins

Tom Murray

Public pools close, school year begins

By Tom Murray. CREATED Sep 3, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep 3, 2012

WEST ALLIS - Cool Waters in Greenfield Park closed for the year at 6:00 Monday evening.  Children splashed in the giant pool, celebrating the long breaks last few hours.

Those kids wore swimsuits Monday before putting on their school clothes early Tuesday morning.

"We just wanted to come back here and get a last chance to swim," said Maggie Ceballos, a 7th grader.

Aaliyah Garcia, a 5th grader, said her favorite part about going to back to school is "that I get to see all my new friends."

Hicham Bennani spent Labor Day at Cool Waters with his two sons.

"Say goodbye to summer with a nice day like this," Bennani said.

While many enjoyed took the three-day weekend off, it was a working holiday at Carson Academy in Milwaukee.  Teachers put finishing touches on classrooms and bulletin boards.

Principal Thresessa Childs has been an educator for more than 20 years and said Monday is the calm before Tuesday's storm.

"We're upstairs, so it's going to be extremely busy with students and parents coming and dropping off their children," Childs told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.

Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers plans to join Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton to ring bells Tuesday morning at Stuart School on N. 86th Street, marking the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.