Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Long Range Planning
January 16, 2007
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street
Madison, Wisconsin

Long Range Planning Committee meeting was called to order by Carol Carstensen at 5:02 p.m. She indicated that she and Lawrie Kobza would alternately chair joint meetings of the Long Range Planning and Finance and Operations Committees. She also noted Lucy Mathiak was not able to attend but hopes to join in discussion later this evening.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Lawrie Kobza, Arlene Silveira


OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Ruth Robarts (arrived 5:04 p.m.); Johnny Winston, Jr. (arrived 5:05 p.m.)


STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Jennifer Allen, Mary Gulbrandsen, Pam Nash, Joe Quick, Art Rainwater, Marcia Standiford, Nancy Yoder, Ann Wilson - Recording Secretary

1. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

2. Announcements

There were no announcements.

3. Considerations when Redrawing Boundary Lines for Elementary Schools

(Written materials provided in advance: Considerations When Redrawing Boundary Lines dated 1/11/07, MMSD Routes with Projected Times. Materials provided at the meeting: Considerations When Redrawing Boundary Lines dated 1/16/07 - all attached to the original copy of these minutes.)

Carol Carstensen read each of the considerations from the version distributed at the meeting. These items reflect the changes made following discussion at the last meeting and additional changes suggested by Lawrie Kobza. Any additional suggested changes were editorial and did not change the intent.

It was moved by Arlene Silveira and seconded by Lawrie Kobza to approve the Considerations when Redrawing Boundary Lines containing revisions as presented at this meeting. Motion unanimously carried by those present.

4. Elementary School Class Size

(Written materials provided in advance: Memorandum from Art Rainwater re: Elementary Class Size Reduction Analysis dated 1/16/07. Materials distributed at the meeting: Estimated Elementary Class Size Reduction Analysis marked draft and dated 1/16/07.)

Art Rainwater noted that low-income data may be displayed in different ways, some charts including early childhood enrollment and others not. In the future, all district data will be for grades K-5 with early childhood not included. He also noted that information presented is based on 2006-07 numbers and that information during the budget process will be projected, and thus different.

Assistant Superintendent Sue Abplanalp reviewed the background information about SAGE contracts in the district, explained in detail the information included in the chart, Class Size Reduction Analysis: 2006-07 found in the written report, and explained in detail each of the options presented for consideration for reducing class size at the elementary level. She emphasized that these are options for consideration, that there will be further work based on input and discussion, and that any recommendations would be presented as part of the budget process. Lawrie Kobza noted another meeting is scheduled for this joint committee on this topic next week, so there is more opportunity than this meeting for continued discussion.

Art Rainwater shared information from the Department of Public Instruction that SAGE contracts can now be transferred among a district's schools. Any contracts surrendered are done so permanently; there are no new contracts available. He also shared that the amount of SAGE contracts will be increased in 2008-09 to $2500.


Educational impact of SAGE, impact of poverty on low-income student achievement.

All items presented as recommendations during the budget process will include everything considered re: that issue and reasons for recommendation or no recommendation.

Administration will be prepared by March 1 to provide recommended budget reductions and impact statement, perhaps as early as the end of February. Not able to present entire budget recommendation at that time. Board will need as much time as possible to consider class size options, due to potential magnitude of change.

Impact of reduced class size on space in schools and request for analysis.

ESL staffing/allocation is done separately and will not affect the class size information presented.

Take into account class size considerations when looking at boundary change scenarios for Linden Park site school.

Low income statistics and trends.

Items to be covered at the next discussion of this topic include allocation options for Spring Harbor and Wright and a review of requested and updated information about the class size reduction analysis.


Sue Abplanalp will provide an analysis based on increased value ($2500) of SAGE contracts.

Copy of district's analysis about concentrations of poverty and impact on low income student achievement (like the Rusk study, but more in-depth).

Sue Abplanalp will provide an analysis of impact on space for options 1b and 1c.

5. Other Business

There was no other business.

6. Adjournment

It was moved by Arlene Silveira and seconded by Lawrie Kobza to adjourn the meeting at 6:35 p.m. Motion unanimously carried by those present.