Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Minutes for Long Range Planning
February 4, 2008
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Room 103
Madison, Wisconsin

Long Range Planning Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Carol Carstensen at 6:16 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Lucy Mathiak, Beth Moss

MEMBERS ABSENT: None

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Maya Cole, Lawrie Kobza, Arlene Silveira, Johnny Winston, Jr.

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE PRESENT: Joe Carlsmith

STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Liz Contrucci, Steve Hartley, Kurt Kiefer, Pam Nash, Tim Potter, Art Rainwater, Marcia Standiford, Ann Wilson - Recording Secretary

WORKSHOP

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Lucy Mathiak and seconded by Beth Moss to approve the Long Range Planning Committee minutes dated January 28, 2008 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried.

2. Announcements

There were no announcements.

3. Plans A, B, C, and D to Address Boundaries for the New School on the Far West Side and Boundary Changes to the Memorial Attendance Area

(Written materials provided in advance: Memorandum from Art Rainwater dated 1/31/08 re: Long Range Planning - Plans B, Modified B and Middle School Analysis - attached to the original of these minutes.)

Carol Carstensen began with a review of the development of the Conceptual Plan last spring. It was a tentative plan based on projected enrollment. She then reviewed the issues identified with the Conceptual Plan after the Third Friday enrollment in September that need to be addressed (listed in the written materials). Kurt Kiefer and Tim Potter were available to show the information using Maptician and to assist with answering questions.

DISCUSSION:

Allied Drive students - history of connection with Crestwood and Stephens, originally assigned because of available space, neighborhood voices strong (last year) about keeping the connection.

New Allied families may not feel the same way. Much has changed in ten years; make decisions for the present population.

Falk - projected and actual low-income numbers.

Ms. Carstensen next reviewed Plan B and the modifications to Plan B. She explained that the boundary study task force wanted the new school to serve a significant number of low- and middle-income students. The plan also keeps Crestwood and Stephens with viable populations and keeps Valley Ridge together. Other information about the plans is provided in the written materials.

DISCUSSION:

Fill core schools first with students from areas of new development

Leopold - no changes planned for 1-2 years

Transportation/bus routes

Implications of Huegel students to new school

New school capacity under Plan B

Ms. Carstensen and staff presented the middle school projections for Plan B.1 (also presented in written materials). She noted the information is provided to give an idea of what the options are.

Ms. Carstensen asked for ideas from the committee and Board members present about next steps.

DISCUSSION:

Task force was concerned about income disparity among schools. In best interest to look at the long term. Bring Falk enrollment into alignment with other schools in the attendance area.

Keep Valley Ridge neighborhood together.

Possible configurations for moving students to Falk: Channel 3 area (moving anyway), Stonecrest and Channel 3, Watts Road area, anything from Muir attendance area?

From the discussion, Carol Carstensen summarized that next steps should include reviewing variations of Plan B as well as issues for the middle schools. She noted that committee meetings are scheduled for February 11 and 25.

It was moved by Lucy Mathiak and seconded by Beth Moss to withdraw Plans C and D from further consideration to address boundary changes for the new school on the far west side and boundary changes to the Memorial Attendance Area. Motion unanimously carried.

DISCUSSION:

Pairing is educationally sound; have dealt with problems with pairs in the past.

Too short a timeline for considering pairing; should be a long-term decision.

Need better data. Solve problems without pairing if possible; don't want to affect future Board decisions

Lucy Mathiak indicated she would like to make a motion to focus energy and attention on working with Plan B as a base. Ms. Carstensen indicated this would not require a vote; that she would request that staff come back to the committee with maps, alternatives and impacts related to Plan B.

There was a request for and discussion about a process to receive feedback from the community about Plan B: what are the alternatives to consider? what does the community support? where are areas of concern? Ms. Carstensen suggested modified Plan B.1 be used as the base for the community discussion (including the Channel 3 area and Watts Road area at Falk) and that planning (questions and a timeline) for a joint community forum (all schools in the attendance area) be addressed at the next meeting.

DISCUSSION:

Establish a way of looking at boundary issues so that it does not occur every year: best practices, conceptualize schools.

Only look at making changes for schools with high, low-income percentages when boundaries are being reviewed anyway. Should not be the only trigger; review performance data.

4. Other Business

There was no other business.

5. Adjournment

It was moved by Beth Moss and seconded by Lucy Mathiak to adjourn the meeting at 7:22 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.

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