Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Minutes for Performance and Achievement
February 12, 2007
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Auditorium
Madison, Wisconsin

Performance and Achievement Committee meeting was called to order by Ruth Robarts at 6:43 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Ruth Robarts, Shwaw Vang (arrived 6:45 p.m.)

MEMBERS ABSENT: None

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Arlene Silveira, Johnny Winston, Jr.

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE PRESENT: None

STAFF PRESENT: Amy Christianson, Mary Gulbrandsen, Steve Hartley, Pam Nash, Roger Price, Art Rainwater, Marcia Standiford, Ken Syke, Lisa Wachtel, Nancy Yoder, Gary Zehrbach, Barbara Lehman - Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Carol Carstensen and seconded by Ruth Robarts to approve the minutes of the Performance and Achievement Committee dated January 8, 2007 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried by those present.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

Items 4-6 were taken up together.

4. Report on MMSD's 2006 Summer School Program

5. Budget for MMSD's 2007 Summer School Program

6. Recommendations regarding the MMSD's 2007 Summer School Program

(Packets included the 2006 summer school report (2/07) and the 2006 summer school executive summary and 2007 summer school recommendations and budget (2/07). Copies are attached to the original of these minutes.)

Shwaw Vang arrived at this time.

Mr. Hartley referred to the materials in the packet. He spoke to the comprehensive nature of summer school and the unique relations of the various school systems that come together in a short period of time. Summer school targets those who are not successful in school and meets the needs of a very important population of students. In 2006 about 1,640 students were served, including the non-promotions in fourth and eighth grades, at a very high success rate. The recommendations for 2007 were reviewed in general. Summer school is offered to all students meeting the eligibility criteria. He reviewed the additional costs, additional site, and behavioral criteria, the timeline, sites, and programs at each of the sites.

DISCUSSION:

Very small percentage of students have behavioral issues on their report card. Criteria is now less subjective than in the past (was hard to measure). Some students with behavioral issues receive special education services, others do not.

It was moved by Ruth Robarts and seconded by Carol Carstensen to approve the summer school recommendations for 2007 for kindergarten-ready through high school as presented in the February 2007 Executive Summary for last summer and the recommendations for the coming summer. Motion unanimously carried.

7. Proposed Expansion of the Nuestro Mundo Charter School

(Packets included a list of the Board of Directors for Nuestro Mundo, Inc. and a PowerPoint presentation. Copies are attached to the original of these minutes.)

Members of the Executive Committee of Nuestro Mundo, Inc. present: Bryan Grau, Chairperson; Martin Scanlan, Vice-Chairperson; Judy Kujoth, Secretary-elect. The presentation focused on support for programming, support for family engagement, the financial outlook, and contract renewal (an outline of the presentation is attached to the original of these minutes). Financial outlook: how the school raises money, interest in financial sustainability, adding third grade next year, mission-driven allocations, marketing, strengthening business relations, improved grant support. Issues: kinder expansion, immersion summer school options, separate Nuestro Mundo Charter School (NMCS) allocation, middle school options, and building the relationship with the MMSD English-as-a-Second Language (ESL)/Bilingual program. They want to be cost neutral and believe the program to be very value-added. They are working proactively to avoid a time crunch as the contract renewal date approaches.

DISCUSSION:

Losing less than five students per grade per year; very successful at keeping students enrolled K-2. Some students may have moved but are staying in the school. Majority of those students lost are from the Spanish speaking population (high poverty, mobile population). Some worry for fifth grade.

All children are accepted in kindergarten or first grade; all other students should have a background in Spanish literacy after that, not just in speaking Spanish. There are also instances where children transfer from a bilingual program.

Specific proposal will come later as part of the contract renewal.

Grants have raised about $35,000; community donations through a mailing campaign of about 200 letters ($2,000). This year put out 4,300 letters.

Middle school issue is question of finding a home. Allis feeds into Sennett Middle School. There is a joint committee that will be coming to the Nuestro Mundo, Inc. (NMI) Executive Committee with some proposals.

Space issues at Allis for the long term as the program grows to a full K-5 school.

Overall, about 70 percent of NMI students are from the Allis attendance area.

Intent was as NMI moves up, Allis classrooms will shift over.

There is no intentional teacher looping as part of the program.

Current relationship with MMSD ESL/Bilingual program and anticipated changes on the horizon. NMI students are opting out of services through the MMSD ESL/Bilingual program. NMI is interested in the possibility of strengthening that relationship in order to look at professional growth collaborations or other schools so NMI is not just benefiting students who go to NMI.

NMI should be prepared for the financial discussion with the Board.

MMSD Board will also look at performance within the district. District needed to find an alternative way to serve this population of students; excellent program if cost is not a factor. Could be expanded districtwide model but cost is an issue.

There was a suggestion to look at Spanish speaking families who are foregoing different programs and achieving in both languages--cost accounting to give the school credit for that part of it (an amount per child). Focus on enormous benefit to English speaking families. Public schools across the country lack continuity in foreign languages. NMI is a very important model.

8. Other Business

There was no other business.

9. Adjournment

It was moved by Ruth Robarts and seconded by Carol Carstensen to adjourn the meeting at 7:35 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.

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