Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Long Range Planning
August 11, 2003
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Room 103
Madison, Wisconsin

Quorum was not achieved and the meeting was called to order by the City of Madison Plan Commission Chair.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Bill Clingan, Juan José López (arrived 5:13 p.m.), Shwaw Vang (arrived 5:10 p.m.)


STAFF PRESENT: Jane Belmore, Kurt Kiefer, Joe Quick, Tim Potter, Roger Price, Art Rainwater, Barbara Lehman-Recording Secretary


MEMBERS PRESENT: Ray Allen, Carol Carstensen, Bill Keys, Ruth Robarts

Items 2 and 4 were taken up by the Plan Commission

2. Public Appearances

Eugene Parks referred to his letter distributed to the Members of the Plan Commission and the Members of the Board of Education just prior to the start of the meeting (a copy is attached to the original of these minutes). Stated that the use of TIF has become abusive and is approaching illegality. He cautioned that they must be used sparingly, especially if another referendum is sought. He added that there is growing sentiment among business owners against TIF districts and that most property owners do not understand that these are hidden tax increases.

4. Joint Meeting with City of Madison Planning Commission regarding the Madison School District's Demographic Changes, Growth and Development, and the Preparation of the City's Future Comprehensive Plan

Kurt Kiefer, Director of Research and Evaluation for the MMSD, gave a presentation on the changing demographics in the school district (a copy of the presentation is attached to the original of these minutes).

Shwaw Vang arrived at 5:10 p.m. and a quorum was achieved.

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Shwaw Vang and seconded by Bill Clingan that the minutes of the Long Range Planning Committee dated February 24, 2003 be approved as distributed. Motion unanimously carried by those present.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

Juan José López arrived at 5:13 p.m.

Mr. Kiefer finished the presentation and summarized.

Discussion: DPI web site gives information about how each of the state school districts are doing relative to student achievement. Local assessment data would have to be provided by the district.

FOLLOW UP: Compare MMSD to state population and find out what is different with Madison.

Brad Murphy, Director of the Planning Unit for the City of Madison, presented information on preparation of the City's comprehensive plan. Copies of an "umbrella" plan involving required elements, content, and implementation efforts; the general process overview and schedule; and contact information were distributed and are attached to the original of these minutes. Geographical maps were reviewed showing the relations between existing planned land uses and what is being proposed and the relationship to the school district.

Discussion: Schools falls into different categories under the "umbrella"---lot of overlap. Housing mix done on a plan-by-plan basis. Owner-occupied housing has grown slightly-trying to achieve 50/50 split. Good working relationship between staffs at City and the District. Each neighborhood has institutional land uses identified. Southdale destined for City of Fitchburg. All units of government are doing plans and should include the school districts. Adding significant amount of housing within the downtown and isthmus neighborhoods. Cannot move schools to where the population is--housing drives much of the process. City encouraged input and recommendations from the School Board and to schedule additional joint meetings. Short synopsis of how the school district plans for new schools. Confirmed that resolutions have been sent to the Common Council about income segregation in housing and how the district is trying to stay as close as possible to the district average in every school. Poverty pockets are scattered around the city. Analysis of school district data parallels that of the inclusionary zoning study.

Items 5-10:

It was moved by Juan José López and seconded by Shwaw Vang that:

5. students residing in the Feldts, Bongey development attend Huegel Elementary, Toki Middle, and Memorial High Schools;

6. students residing in the Ruppel and Hoopes development attend Stephens Elementary, Jefferson Middle, and Memorial High Schools;

7. students residing in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Madison Property attend Falk Elementary, Toki Middle, and Memorial High Schools;

8. students residing in the McKee development attend Chavez Elementary, Toki Middle, and Memorial High Schools;

9. students residing in the University Parcels development attend Stephens Elementary, Jefferson Middle, and Memorial High Schools;

10. students residing in the McKee development attend Leopold Elementary, Cherokee Middle, and West High Schools.

Motion unanimously carried.

11. Other Business

No discussion.

12. Adjournment

It was moved by Juan José López and seconded by Shwaw Vang that the meeting adjourn at 6:10 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.