Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Long Range Planning
April 25, 2005
La Follette High School
702 Pflaum Road, Room C17
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.


OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Lawrie Kobza, Juan José López, Shwaw Vang


PRESENT: Hardin Coleman, Joan Eggert, Jill Jokela, Jeff Leverich, Lucy Mathiak, Pat Mooney, and Student Representative Oliver Kiefer

STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Jennie Allen, Jane Belmore, Valencia Douglas, Mary Gulbrandsen, Kurt Kiefer, Art Rainwater, Ken Syke, Barbara Lehman-Recording Secretary

Approval of Minutes was taken up later in the meeting.

2. Public Appearances

Kari Douglas, Lake View PFSO, stated that Lake View was not overcrowded enough to justify making the recommended boundary changes. They provided the Committee with many options if the school does get the projected increase in enrollment. She felt the Committee had not heard from many people in the Lake View Community whose will they should follow. She was asked about the pull-out rooms for ESL, special education, social and psychologist work, etc., and responded that they would work with the district on these issues if the numbers continue to come in strong. There was some discussion about creating a study committee to look at all the East Side elementary schools relative to enrollment and facilities.

Carolyn Konkol, K-1 teacher in the Open Classroom, distributed written information on the Open Classroom (a copy is attached to the original of these minutes) and wanted to respond to questions and topics from last week's meeting. Last week the parents of students in the Open Classroom spoke to the uniqueness of the program where three teachers team around children for their entire K-5 experience. They have very strong learning, engagement, and relationships and the program has been in the district since 1976. She reviewed the written material.

Follow Up: Provide a breakdown of what schools the children would go back to if the Open Classroom is eliminated.

There was one written registration in support of school social work services.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Options to Address the Overcrowded Student Population Problem at Lake View Elementary School

(Packets included a summary and details of Module 2. A copy is attached to the original of these minutes.)

Ms. Robarts thanked all the Citizen Advisory Members for the many hours of work they put into the committee over the school year. She hoped they would be part of the reorganization. Ms. Carstensen hoped to do outreach to individual schools.

It was moved by Johnny Winston, Jr. and seconded by Carol Carstensen that the Long Range Planning Committee take no action to address the overcrowded student population problem at Lake View Elementary School and direct the Administration, in conjunction with the Lake View Parent/Faculty/Student Organization, staff, parents, and community members, to develop a contingency plan should overcrowding become an uncomfortable situation for the 2005-06 school year.

Discussion: Addressing planning issues school by school rather than as a whole area of the district. Speaker was asked and confirmed that they have options for next year within the school that they can discuss with the Administration and implement, including outposting. Confirmed that the motion only addresses Lake View for next school year.

The Citizen Advisory members were unanimously in favor of the motion.

Motion unanimously carried.

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Johnny Winston, Jr. and seconded by Carol Carstensen to approve the minutes of the Long Range Planning Committee meeting dated April 11, 2005 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried.

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 6:35 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.