Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Performance and Achievement
March 5, 2007
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Auditorium
Madison, Wisconsin

Performance and Achievement Committee meeting was called to order by Ruth Robarts at 5:05 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Ruth Robarts, Shwaw Vang (arrived 5:08 p.m.)


OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Lawrie Kobza, Arlene Silveira


STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Freddi Adelson, Bonnie Augusta, Jeanette Deloya, Mary Gulbrandsen, Kathy Halley, Steve Hartley, Jack Jorgensen, Kurt Kiefer, Pam Nash, Roger Price, Art Rainwater, Sally Schultz, Marcia Standiford, Nancy Yoder, Luis Yudice, 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 February 12, 2007 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

Shwaw Vang arrived at this time.

Items 4 and 5 were taken up together.

4. MMSD Alternative School Programs

5. MMSD Student Services Department

(Packets included a cover memorandum (3/1/07) and several documents that describe many of the programs and services provided within the Student Services Department: Alcohol and Other Drugs; At-Risk and Homeless Students; Alternative Programs; Expulsion Report; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Resource Teacher; Health Services; Psychological Services; Safety and Security; and Social Work. Copies are attached to the original of these minutes.)

Mary Gulbrandsen and Steve Hartley gave the presentation which was distributed at the meeting (a copy of the PowerPoint is attached to the original of these minutes). Mr. Hartley distributed copies of a budget sheet for the Alternative Programs (a copy is attached to the original of these minutes). A report from the Dane County District Attorney's Office was distributed giving the 2005 annual juvenile statistics and a chart showing a breakdown of police calls from 2003-2005 and those resulting in arrests for the four high schools (copies are attached to the original of these minutes).


Very impressed with the number of alternative programs. Unfortunately, some students are turned away due to lack of resources or space and staff allocation. Sometimes it just takes more time to get in. Students must earn their way into the programs; they do not fail their way in. Almost all students volunteer to attend the programs.

On-line programs are used in cases where students are expelled in order to help them reintegrate; not available if they are expelled without services (there are not a lot of students in this category). Some grants are ending this year that will be reflected in the budget.

Data is monitored on the alternative programs to see what is working and what is not and sometimes things are changed.

Difficulty with reporting accurately the list of positions and the allocations in the areas of psychology, social work, and the health offices because what is approved in the spring may change when grants are received over the summer that supplement some of those allocations. Keeping formula for schools and staying around 75 is good. Really hurting on grants. Constantly working on the development of partners who fund those positions as well. This department plays a critical role in keeping the classrooms functioning. Trying to avoid future cuts in this area as much as possible.

Ms. Kobza clarified that the reason for the departmental presentations was to provide the Board with background prior to reviewing the budget so the members can raise questions and focus the upcoming discussions. Also good to hear the presentations and learn more about what is going on in all the areas.

6. Other Business

There was no other business.

7. Adjournment

It was moved by Carol Carstensen and seconded by Shwaw Vang to adjourn the meeting at 6:08 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.