Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Minutes for Performance and Achievement
March 6, 2006
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, McDaniels Auditorium
Madison, Wisconsin

Performance and Achievement Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Shwaw Vang at 5:25 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Bill Keys, Shwaw Vang

MEMBERS ABSENT: Ruth Robarts

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Lawrie Kobza, Juan José López, Johnny Winston, Jr.

STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Mary Gulbrandsen, Steve Hartley, Pam Nash, Roger Price, Art Rainwater, Ken Syke, Barbara Lehman - Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Bill Keys and seconded by Shwaw Vang to approve the minutes of the Performance and Achievement Committee dated January 30 and February 6, 2006as distributed. Motion unanimously carried by those present.

2. Public Appearances

Kristina Hagberg, a junior at La Follette, objected to the dress code policy that does not allow students to wear headwear in school as a very biased policy. She did not think headwear should be a problem concerning gangs considering that security has been increased. As a hard working student with full confidence in the future, she stated she is uncomfortable taking her headwear off at school. She had a petition with 226 signatures in support. She preferred that wearing headwear be used as a privilege that can be taken away and given back.

Bill Keys urged the board to consider this change and asked the President and the Superintendent to meet with Ted Balistreri. The Superintendent indicated that he has talked with the principals and they feel very strongly about this, but he agreed to meet. It was clarified that religious headwear is permissible.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Report of the MMSD 2005 Summer School and Budget and Recommendations for the 2006 MMSD Summer School

(Packets included the 2005 summer school executive summary and 2006 summer school recommendations and budget; 2005 summer school participation; 2006 summer school sites - staffing/programs; elementary school student identification process and criteria. Copies are attached to the original of these minutes.)

The Superintendent noted that over the past 4-5 years, the extended learning program has grown to the largest in Dane County. Steve Hartley, summer school coordinator, credited the unique blend of staff and their ability to work together transportation, scheduling, Teaching and Learning Department with tubs of curriculum, MSCR, and various other services. The program model is very strong and comprehensive. He reviewed the written materials. He added that the district is meeting the needs of the targeted population of students. A correction was made to the sites to include Leopold.

Discussion: Private school children are accepted. Number of students served outside of the district is very small. Percentage of people of color on staff and number of administrators. District is not required to offer summer school to special education students unless it is part of their Individual Education Plan. Special education support is not provided. The staff profile was reviewed. There has been a trend to have fewer MMSD employees but they have first choice. Allows people to gain experience to get into the district. There is work to transition the staff into permanent jobs. MSCR provides recreation opportunities in the schools. Community Center relationships are done family by family. Student recruitment occurs through the classroom teachers.

It was moved by Bill Keys and seconded by Shwaw Vang to accept the budget as presented for summer school.

Discussion: First half of the programs already approved but goes across fiscal years.

Motion unanimously carried by those present.

FOLLOW UP: Find out how much was budgeted from last year's budget and how it compares.

5. Other Business

There was no other business.

6. Adjournment

It was moved by Bill Keys and seconded by Shwaw Vang to adjourn the meeting at 6:08 p.m. Motion unanimously carried by those present.

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