Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Performance and Achievement
February 16, 2004
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Room 103
Madison, Wisconsin

The Performance and Achievement Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Juan José López at 6:42 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Bill Clingan, Juan José López, Ruth Robarts


OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Ray Allen, Carol Carstensen, Bill Keys, Shwaw Vang

STAFF PRESENT: Jane Belmore, Valencia Douglas, Mary Gulbrandsen, Jack Jorgensen, Chris Nelson, Roger Price, Art Rainwater, Ken Syke, Donna Williams, Barbara Lehman Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Bill Clingan and seconded by Ruth Robarts to approve the minutes of the Performance and Achievement Committee dated February 2, 2004 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Instructional Departments-Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, Educational Services, and Teaching and Learning-as they relate to the Budget

Question and Answer session:

Topics: Hispanic and Latino parent concerns relative to communications and how their children are progressing. How often events are occurring (e.g., Spanish night) at highly populated ELL schools. Latino Work Group report expected in March and will address ways to enhance communication between school families and community providers. How the programs at Memorial and West High Schools may be helping to decrease the incidents involving sexual harassment and race. Variety of ways the schools are educating youth about appropriate behavior and responding when students are not acting appropriately. More issues come from neighborhood issues. Inclusion of conflict resolution in the curriculum and an integral part of the organization and classroom. New things are being instituted along with seeing the need for having honest conversations. District is actively working to change the environment in the high schools. Susceptibility of schools and how they work in the community environment. Student Senate showing great interaction and leadership from different ethnicities and different academic backgrounds. Board could use some criteria to measure some of these things; creating a framework of things to keep track of. District is also working on systematic behaviors to re-engage students from suspensions.

Movement in the areas of math and science curriculum. Cannot move at the same velocity as literacy; with fewer people it will take longer and the measures are different. Performance of MMSD African American students vs. outside districts. Strategies to change the way African American students are treated.

Presentations were helpful. Department reports will be updated as part of the balanced budget. Tables will become consistent. Appreciate getting the reports ahead of time.

FOLLOW UP: Provide information on the READ 180 program-which schools have it and how it is funded. Provide information on schools' efforts to keep parents of color informed and other outreach efforts. Provide Vital Signs document and climate surveys and a report on the recent work from Shabazz.

5. Other Business

No discussion.

6. Adjournment

It was moved by Bill Clingan and seconded by Ruth Robarts to adjourn the meeting at 7:28 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.