Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Performance and Achievement
October 9, 2006
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Auditorium
Madison, Wisconsin

Performance and Achievement Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Shwaw Vang at 6:12 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Ruth Robarts, Shwaw Vang




STAFF PRESENT: Jack Jorgensen, Joe Quick, Art Rainwater, Marcia Standiford, Lisa Wachtel, Ann Wilson - Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Ruth Robarts and seconded by Carol Carstensen to approve the Performance and Achievement Committee minutes dated August 21, 2006. It was noted that Carol Carstensen made the motion for approval of the March 6, 2006 minutes. The motion to approve the minutes as amended was unanimously carried.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Establish a Performance and Achievement Committee Meeting Schedule for the 2006-07 School Year

(Written materials provided in advance: Pages 3-4 of Board of Committee Goals for 2006-07 from the Special board meeting workshop on June 19, 2006 - attached to the original of these minutes.)

Shwaw Vang reviewed the items suggested for discussion by the committee this year as listed in the minutes of the August 21 meeting. He noted that staff liaisons will also have some items to include on the agenda and that he is willing to prioritize items.

Ruth Robarts suggested beginning with a review of the Fine Arts program, particularly at the elementary school level, and a discussion of how the committee will set goals and evaluate the music pilot program. Art Rainwater indicated the Fine Arts Coordinator is ready for this presentation and it could be scheduled for the next committee meeting.

Ms. Robarts also noted there has been discussion about forming a Fine Arts Task Force which would provide feedback prior to budget discussions. Carol Carstensen noted a charge needs to be developed. Shwaw Vang indicated he is interested in hearing the report from the district coordinator and that she would be the natural liaison to the Task Force. Art Rainwater indicated he would review workloads and see who could be assigned. Ruth Robarts indicated that, in view of the several recommendations about fine arts made at the June 19 meeting when board and committee goals were discussed, she would like the Task Force charge to extend to what should be happening in the district as well as what is not. Carol Carstensen noted that the list of items generated in June were not prioritized nor voted on, so committee chairs have leeway in scheduling topics for discussion. Shwaw Vang indicated he was open to discussion and would entertain motions at the next meeting; a Fine Arts Task Force would be high on his list of priorities for discussion.

There was further discussion of possible agenda items, including disproportionality or overrepresentation of particular groups in special education, the summer school report, math and heterogeneous (required) classes, and looking at data regarding skill development by curriculum strands/standards.

Mr. Vang requested of the staff liaisons that they confine agendas to one or two items. It was noted that the Performance and Achievement committee is tentatively scheduled to meet on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. Mr. Vang hoped that time would be available to schedule additional meetings. Agenda items were determined for November (Fine Arts report and task force discussion), December (disproportionality in special education), and January (mathematics initiative). The chair will meet with liaisons to determine the agenda items after January. He reminded staff and committee members to bring forth any agenda items as needed.

5. Other Business

There was no other business.

6. Adjournment

It was moved by Ruth Robarts and seconded by Carol Carstensen to adjourn the meeting at 6:43 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.