Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Performance and Achievement
December 20, 2004
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Room 103
Madison, Wisconsin

Performance and Achievement Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Juan José López at 7:15 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Bill Clingan, Juan José López


OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Bill Keys, Ruth Robarts, Johnny Winston, Jr.


STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Jane Belmore, Jeannette DeLoya, Valencia Douglas, Mary Gulbrandsen, Joseph Hill, Kurt Kiefer, Roger Price, Art Rainwater, Mary Ramberg, Ken Syke, Ann Wilson - Recording Secretary

1. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

2. Announcements

There were no announcements.

3. Strategies to Increase the Attendance of Students at School

(Written materials provided: Memorandum to Board of Education from Mary Gulbrandsen dated 12/16/04 re: Attendance; Memorandum to Board of Education from Art Rainwater dated 12/16/04 re: Habitual Truancy Data for 2003-2004; Powerpoint presentation entitled "Attendance Initiatives, MMSD 2004-2005" - all attached to the original of these minutes.)

Mary Gulbrandsen, Director of Student Services, introduced Jeannette DeLoya (Social Work Program Support) and Joseph Hill (Coordinator for Expulsion/Truancy) who gave the presentation. She noted the MMSD definition of an absence is stricter than the DPI's definition, so data found on the DPI website will be different from that reported by the district.

FOLLOW-UP: Request for a copy of attendance analysis presentation by Tim Potter. Request for data from Memorial regarding the value of smaller learning communities/impact on truancy and attendance. Check out concerns about "wrongly served" detentions and "Refused to Admit List" at West.

Mary noted there will be a report on alternative programs scheduled for January that includes information about programs that reach out to Latino students who are not attending school. Also, a task force is reviewing the discipline plan at all levels and the whole approach to changing student behaviors.

4. Other Business

There was no other business.

5. Adjournment

It was moved by Bill Clingan and seconded by Juan José López to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m. Motion unanimously carried by those present.