Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Long Range Planning
January 22, 2007
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Auditorium
Madison, Wisconsin

The meeting was called to order by Lawrie Kobza at 9:29 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Lawrie Kobza, Arlene Silveira




STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Mary Gulbrandsen, Pam Nash, Art Rainwater, Ken Syke, Barbara Lehman - Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Arlene Silveira and seconded by Carol Carstensen to approve the mintues fo the Joint Long Range Planning and Finance and Operations Committees dated January 16, 2007 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. MMSD Elementary School Class Size

(Written materials provided in advance: Estimated Elementary Class Size Reduction Analysis (1/22/07) DRAFT. Materials provided at the meeting: Updated Estimated Elementary class Size Reduction Analysis (1/22/07) DRAFT - all attached to the original of these minutes.)

Sue Abplanalp, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools, distributed an updated version of the analysis as a work-in-progress. She reviewed the changes and additions made since the last meeting, including the suggested option (1d) to eliminate only reduced class sizes and move Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SGAE) contracts to the schools with the highest percentage of low-income students (this option would eliminate no SAGE contracts). She also showed how the contracts would be moved around for each of the options. The analysis also included an analysis and graph for specials. All based on this year's numbers.

Options Changes

1d Eliminates no SGAE contracts. Decreases savings by about $200,000. Would maintain maximum flexibility to have as many SAGE contracts as possible and move them around to the highest poverty schools after the new school is built.

1a None of the numbers changed. Nuestro enrollment number increased to more realistic number as a result of moving transferring the SAGE contracts. Eliminates seven SAGE contracts instead of eight.

1c Eliminates one contract.

1b Eliminates two SAGE contracts.

2a Adds back reduced class size for K-1 in six schools instead of eight.

2b, 3a, b, c No changes.


Option 3b - what happens to grades 2 and 3? If 1c is adopted, it will increase class sizes at K-1 and leaves grades 2 and 3. Analysis accounted for in 3c. Add this to 3b to answer the question.

Very helpful to have this document.

Recommendation on class size will come up during the budget process (end of February or beginning of March).

Full budget will not be available. Good to talk about the budget reductions and get public reaction to them. Can be done in the Finance and Operations Committee and/or in front of the full Board.

FOLLOW-UP: Put class size analysis on the web site.

5. Other Business

There was no other business.

6. Adjournment

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