Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Long Range Planning
October 25, 2004
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Room 103
Madison, Wisconsin

Long Range Planning Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Ruth Robarts at 6:02 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Ruth Robarts, Johnny Winston, Jr.


CITIZEN MEMBERS PRESENT: Hardin Coleman; Jill Jokela; Oliver Kiefer, Student Representative; Lucy Mathiak; Pat Mooney; Lena Song; Jan Sternbach

CITIZEN MEMBERS ABSENT: Dawn Crim, Joan Eggert, Jeff Leverich, Dr. Xa Xiong

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Bill Clingan, Bill Keys, Juan José López, Shwaw Vang

STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Jennifer Allen, Jane Belmore, Valencia Douglas, Howard Fried, Mary Gulbrandsen, Mary Hyde, Kurt Kiefer, Doug Pearson, Roger Price, Joe Quick, Art Rainwater, Barbara Lehman - Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Carol Carstensen and seconded by Ruth Robarts to approve the minutes of the Long Range Planning Committee meeting dated October 11, 2004 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried by those present.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Constructing a Second Elementary School on the Leopold School Site

(Packets included the administration's recommendation. A copy is attached to the original of these minutes.)

Ms. Robarts noted that this item has been before the committee several times and the recommendation from the administration on constructing a second school on the Leopold property. Dawn Crim and Joan Eggert had conflicts tonight and would not be able to attend. There would be general discussion and then the three committee members would vote on this item. She hoped the discussion would include where the committee would go from here in terms of where the decision would fit in and other topics that need to be pursued.

Discussion: The only other option for Leopold would be to re-boundary for all schools in the contiguous area that would move a lot of children around. If a referendum fails, then the district will re-boundary. The administration is now in the process of getting the projections and beginning the process of changing boundaries. Roger Price reviewed the Leopold attendance area map. Ms. Carstensen noted that in 2000-01 boundary changes were considered for Leopold and about 100 students were sent to Thoreau and Chavez. That was the highest number of students who could be sent out to those schools at that time. A failed referendum could end up affecting all 30 elementary schools. West side schools are full and that is where huge growth is occurring. Within the next 5-7 years another school will be needed on the far west and far east sides.

Total capacity with a new building would take Leopold to 1,120 with 560 in each building. The current building would house grades K-2 and the new building would house grades 3-5. These two buildings would be sufficient for the long term for this area based on its geography and plans for development. There are not many developments in Fitchburg that are in the MMSD. Affects on middle and high schools does not matter because the children will be here. There will be a period of time in which enrollment at the middle and high schools will decline. Wright Middle School can be expanded and, in the long term, the far west side over the next 20-25 years will need another complete high school attendance zone the size of Memorial.

Interim plans until the opening in January of 2007 include not keeping the students at Thoreau and Chavez at those schools until the building is in place in the fall of 2007. Among other things, some classrooms will have to be doubled up and the school can go back to the Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) block program in order to avoid more out posting. Enrollment could be capped. New people moving in would go somewhere else until the building is ready. Specials can be done on a cart. Busing times would try to be kept less than 45 minutes and could pass one school to go to another. The re-boundary process would have to flow north and east. There are also strategies for making sure parents who have transportation issues can still participate at their child's school. The re-boundary plan would have to consider keeping the concentration of low-income students as low as possible and Leopold has their concentration right around the school. Five-year projections are just now being completed and the committee is due to get that information on November 15.

There was some discussion about describing how the district would look if a referendum does not pass and having to wipe out the current attendance areas and start over. There will have to be 300 children accounted for from Leopold. Building codes have made the use of temporary classrooms almost the same cost as building new. The amount of money per home would be minimal (Chavez was $16 per year) if bonded over 30 years. A maintenance referendum would stand alone. The estimate is between $15 and $20 per year for the average home in Madison valued at $205,400. The referendum would be a borrowing and remove the principle and interest from under the revenue limits. There was some discussion about the proposed partnership with Promega some years ago before Wright Middle School was built. State law prohibits requiring developers to contribute anything toward schools.

It was moved by Carol Carstensen and seconded by Johnny Winston, Jr. to pursue building a second building on the Leopold Elementary site to accommodate growth in that area.

Discussion: Straw vote was taken of those members of the advisory team. It was noted that two of the people who could not attend tonight's meeting cast their votes in favor of the administration's recommendation. There were no dissenting comments from the advisory team.

Motion unanimously carried.

The next meeting will be to receive information about long range enrollment projections.

5. Other Business

There was no other business

6. Adjournment

It was moved by Carol Carstensen and seconded by Johnny Winston, Jr. to adjourn the meeting at 6:57 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.