Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Minutes for Performance and Achievement
March 27, 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 5:40 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Bill Keys, Ruth Robarts, Shwaw Vang

MEMBERS ABSENT: None

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

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE PRESENT: Connor Gants

STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Mary Gulbrandsen, Pam Nash, Julie Palkowski, Doug Pearson, Roger Price, Art Rainwater, Mary Ramberg, Loren Rathert, Barbara Lehman - Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Bill Keys and seconded by Ruth Robarts to approve the minutes of the Performance and Achievement Committee dated March 6, 2006 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried.

2. Public Appearances

Barbara Schrank commented on the recent West and Memorial Strings Festival performance. She gave an update on the student who was mentioned one year ago who had began studying strings in 4th grade. She was concerned that the same processes were unfolding and that opportunities were missed to redesign and develop funding sources. She hoped this year to see dialogue among advocates for music, art, and strings with the community. She asked the Board to consider a community fine arts education committee under the Performance and Achievement Committee and also under the Partnerships Committee to develop a multi-year strategic plan.

Jeff Enriques referred to an article that spoke to the experimental research that music lessons have on intellectual performance. Supported the strings program. He was asked to share a copy of the article with the Board.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Report on the Status of the Elementary School Strings Program in the MMSD

(Packets included a strings status report (3/23/06). A copy is attached to the original of these minutes.)

Julie Palkowski, Fine Arts Coordinator, reviewed the report which provided information regarding the impact of the change from the previous two forty-five minutes blocks per week to one forty-five minute block per week. The report contained background information; program data, including enrollment and staffing; expenditures and income of the program; summaries of strings staff and principal surveys; and challenges being addressed.

Discussion: Rate of response to surveys and strong concerns. Number of fourth grade students at the festival. Cultural arts gaps. Next year's revisions to standards and benchmarks to match what the teachers can realistically address. Coordinator and strings teachers setting new standards and benchmarks. No clear database on each of the students with the benchmarks; reporting for strings was not that specific. Number of waivers for fees; closely matches district percentages. Demographics information would be available in the next two weeks. How instrument repairs and replacements are handled. Tutoring by high school students of younger students is happening and is encouraged. Ms. Palkowski felt that more work was needed on the vision statement proposed by the strings teachers last fall to make it more global and briefer but also connecting with the other fine arts areas. She is gathering as much information as possible about the district, the community, and the partners that can be built. She needed time to connect with people who have been in the district longer. Mr. Vang asked for feedback from the Superintendent and Ms. Palkowski relative to a proposal to creating a music, fine arts, and strings task force. They had not heard about this proposal before but were glad to explore it if the Board goes in that direction.

5. Other Business

There was no other business.

6. Adjournment

It was moved by Bill Keys and seconded by Ruth Robarts to adjourn the meeting at 6:32 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.

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