Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Long Range Planning
October 29, 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 5:01 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Lucy Mathiak (arrived 5:02 p.m.), Beth Moss




STAFF PRESENT: Steve Hartley, Pam Nash, Doug Pearson, Art Rainwater, Howard Sampson, 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 September 24, 2007 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried by those present.

2. Public Appearances

Pat Smith, Local 60 - Acknowledged that the plan to have students do the laundry work at high schools did not work out. Requested that the Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for the work come back to the union because the work has come back. Loss of the full-time position to do laundry resulted in the inability to hire substitutes which has created a difficult situation.

Jill Keip - The fee is too high for many students to be able to play hockey. Inability to play in high school takes away the possibility of a hockey scholarship. Urged the Board to look at their goals and find a way to keep all sports.

Jeff Annen - Reducing to two athletic directors is short-sighted and detrimental to programs as a whole. Parents, booster programs, have done their fair share. Athletics is a place to learn important lessons about life. Concern for future of all children and athletes. Hockey parents are no better equipped than other parents to pay high fees.

Marc Joyal - Opposed to doubled fee for hockey. Figures are questionable at best. Creative solutions were not explored. Question whether any consideration was given to raising gate fees or participation fees. Explained reason why the number of participants is small. Is money received from advertising going back into the athletic budget? Advertising generates money from users, but does not give it back to users.

Theresa Bednarek - Substitute another item in the budget for the increased hockey fees - use the custodial laundry position. Ice time should not be included in the hockey budget because it is a separate facility; MMSD cost for utilities, etc. are not factored into other sports budgets. Strongly oppose fee increase for hockey.

Steve Schumacher - Hockey is an expensive sport. Parents have paid for many years and will continue to do so. Fees are based on the 2005-06 season when there were 4 teams; are now only three, so costs should be reduced by 25 percent. Look at alternative ways to set fees.

Gail Rutkowski - Concerns about timeliness of providing accounting information. Discrepancy of $9,000. Where is credit for athletic fees that parents pay? Where will students go who cannot afford hockey; will they become a burden for the city and county? Does the Board expect the city and county to provide for their needs?

Vicki Joyal - Expect an outrageous amount of money for hockey fees; hard to find notice of raised fees - buried in school newsletter. Hockey families are no wealthier than other families. Families should not have to dip into savings or retirement to afford high school sports. What will happen when no new players come in? Will be forced to seek fee waiver based on inability to pay.

Jane Doughty - Reconsider hockey fees - decision made with incomplete information. Costs for facilities need to be included for all sports when figuring cost per sport. Athletic fees should be assessed in the same way as textbook fees - the same for each family.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Savings from Performance Contracts

(Written materials provided in advance: Madison Metropolitan School District Energy Management Program (copy of presentation) - attached to the original of these minutes.)

Director of Building Services Doug Pearson provided energy facts and information for each of the seven steps of energy management (as described in written materials), including recognition of achievements. He completed his presentation by noting that, had the District continued to consume energy at 1997 rates, the utility expenditures would have been $4,400,000 more.


Consideration given to using solar panels and selling energy. (Very expensive to install, rarely pays for itself, payback period long and very slim.)

Savings from referendum purchased temperature control systems and other energy saving measures. (See quick payback, information included in materials presented.)

Energy generated by wind power in the near future. (Issues - public perception re: birds, noise, ice, hard to find small turbines - researched but not practical for schools yet.)

Decrease of emissions - specific pollutants (available in information on website).

Disadvantages of air-tight new buildings. (Specific number of air exchanges are required - problems result from poor construction, not new building technology or processes).

Carol Carstensen noted that energy savings accomplishments are impressive, especially as the district is increasing total square footage. The Superintendent added his appreciation to Mr. Pearson for a job well done.

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 5:55 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.