Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Long Range Planning
September 24, 2007
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Auditorium
Madison, Wisconsin

Long Range Planning Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Carol Carstensen at 6:38 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Lucy Mathiak, Beth Moss




STAFF PRESENT: Steve Hartley, Pam Nash, Art Rainwater, Marcia Standiford, Ken Syke, Ann Wilson-Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Lucy Mathiak and seconded by Beth Moss to approve the Long Range Planning Committee minutes dated February 12, March 25, March 27 and April 12, 2007 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. City Planning Presentations from Madison and Fitchburg

(Written materials provided in advance: Plan Commission Recommended Urban Development Boundary Map and MMSD Plan Commission Recommended Urban Development Boundary Map, both dated 9/18/07 - attached to the original of these minutes.)

Tom Hovel, City Planner for the City of Fitchburg, and Brad Murphy, Director of the Planning Division for the City of Madison, shared information about urban development and expected growth. Carol Carstensen noted this presentation is part of the committee's annual information update. Current enrollment information will be available by the time of the next meeting; projections will be available about mid-November. Another major task for the committee this year is to begin to set attendance boundaries for the new school on the west side.


Do not anticipate much growth for MMSD in Fitchburg - 160 acres, most of it for a technology campus. Don't know how many students will be generated until neighborhood plans are completed; do not expect many.

District has information about settlement patterns and family sizes.

Data about building permit changes - after much construction in 2000-2005, swing is back to trends of the 1990s. Data about the number of condo conversions, location of new construction.

Transportation concerns and plans; streets and bus transportation.

In-fill developments.

In-migration to Dane County and the city remains high; unemployment is low.

TIF projects.

Agreements with other school districts.

Need for family-size units.

Access to schools in neighborhoods is attractive, healthy.

Pressure to build schools to meet sprawl takes away from existing schools. Imperative that there is parity among old and new schools. (Natural evolution as city grows - schools built on the fringe end up in the middle.) (Need to support older schools. Critical to maintain enrollment and middle class base.) (Infrastructure of older schools has been maintained but no funding for modernizing.)

5. Other Business

There was no other business.

6. Adjournment

It was moved by Beth Moss and seconded by Lucy Mathiak to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.