Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Minutes for Long Range Planning
January 19, 2005
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street
Madison, Wisconsin

Long Range Planning Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Ruth Robarts at 6:03 p.m.

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

MEMBERS ABSENT: None

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Bill Keys, Shwaw Vang (arrived 6:09 p.m.)

ADVISORY COMMITTEE Joan Eggert, Oliver Kiefer (Student Representative), Pat Mooney,

MEMBERS PRESENT: Lena Song (Alternate Student Representative), Jan Sternbach

STAFF PRESENT: Mary Gulbrandsen, Dennis Kuchenmeister, Roger Price, Doug Pearson, Art Rainwater, Ken Syke, Ann Wilson - Recording Secretary

1. Public Hearing on the Administration's Proposal for a Maintenance Referendum

Doug Pearson gave an overview of the facilities management process, provided some examples of completed projects, reviewed the facilities assessment process, and provided some examples of projects that need to be done. He outlined the recommendations and provided a fact sheet with additional information.

Don Severson - representing Active Citizens for Education - provided a written statement (attached to the original of these minutes). He said in his statement that the district's accountability is highly questionable, that there has been a lack of good decision making, and that taxpayers are expecting much higher levels of accountability from policy makers and administrators.

Dick Adam - East High parent and member of the booster club - questioned whether the East Field House is ADA compliant. He described the difficulties of entering the Field House from both the inside and outside and hoped funds from a maintenance referendum could be used for both maintenance as well as improvements that would allow accessibility.

FOLLOW-UP: Art Rainwater and Roger Price indicted that they would investigate the possibility of making changes that would make the area more accessible. Shwaw Vang requested that Board members be informed of proposed changes.

Janet Morrow - Stated her support for the referendum and for placing all three issues to the voters - the new school at the Leopold site, maintenance, and the operating budget. Voters in Madison have historically valued public education and they deserve the opportunity to vote. The public has been kept informed, and the district should trust they will make the right decision and vote yes. Her advice was not to be afraid to ask.

Alan Crossley - Asked that consideration be given to include accessibility to the East Field House as part of the maintenance referendum. Provided anecdotal examples of why this is so important to parents, students, and visitors to East. Noted in particular that the outside doors do not have handles.

Steve Leone - Added his support to improvements in accessibility at East. He noted that cost estimates in a previous referendum were for a much more elaborate arboretum and foyer than is needed. Parents are most concerned that the doors are locked, they are sometimes chained from the inside as well, and that it is the responsibility of the board and administration to ensure the building is accessible. Pam Leone - asked the administration to explain how it could have made the decision that the building is ADA compliant.

Janet Morrow - Was given another opportunity to speak and she cautioned that opening the maintenance referendum to improvement projects would open the door to many requests throughout the district. She gave as an example the lack of phones in all classrooms at Huegel, which she called a safety issue.

2. Other Business

There was no other business.

3. Adjournment

It was moved by Johnny Winston, Jr. and seconded by Ruth Robarts to adjourn the meeting at 7:20 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.

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