Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Long Range Planning
July 10, 2006
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street
Madison, Wisconsin

Long Range Planning Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Carol Carstensen at 8:25 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Lawrie Kobza, Arlene Silveira




STAFF PRESENT: Mary Gulbrandsen, Ken Syke, Ann Wilson - Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Lawrie Kobza and seconded by Arlene Silveira to approve the Long Range Planning Committee minutes dated January 23, 2006. Motion unanimously carried.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Agenda and Goals for the 2006-07 School Year

Carol Carstensen indicated her plans for the coming year include updating the five-year plan with new information from fall enrollments, scheduling a presentation by City Planning, and working on sequencing/benchmarking for making decisions about overcrowding for the middle and high schools.

Lawrie Kobza stated she would like the committee to take an in-depth look and spend some time on reviewing policies and how they are applied. She felt this review would have a direct impact on the development of a five-year plan. She would also like to review class size at the elementary level.

Mary Gulbrandsen noted the East and West High Schools physical plant master plans would be coming to the committee for review. A master programmatic as well as facility plan will be important for all schools.

5. Creation of Two Advisory Committees: one for Elementary and one for the Middle and High School Levels to Review Use of School Space

Lawrie Kobza suggested an elementary advisory committee not be formed at this time unless it was for policy discussion and that there may be a need for a middle/high school advisory committee.

Carol Carstensen recommended no action on forming the committees at this time. In the meantime, there could be some development of ideas about the issues a middle/high school committee should address and a literature review of contemporary practice in size, facility usage, and programmatic issues at the middle and high school levels.

6. Referendum Scheduled to be Held November 7, 2006

Carol Carstensen noted the committee would be involved with helping to organize a citizen committee and would hold informational sessions in October. There would also be information provided to the broader community. Mary Gulbrandsen detailed the materials that will be prepared and communicated by the administration. Committee members emphasized the importance of knowing the questions the public will have so they can be answered, that a strategy is developed for communication, and that all board members are involved. There also needs to be clear communication with the Communications Committee and understanding of the role each committee will take.

7. Other Business

There was no other business.

8. Adjournment

It was moved by Arlene Silveira and seconded by Lawrie Kobza to adjourn the meeting at 9:45 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.