Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Performance and Achievement
December 17, 2007
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Auditorium
Madison, Wisconsin

Performance and Achievement Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Lawrie Kobza at 5 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Maya Cole, Lawrie Kobza, Johnny Winston, Jr.


OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Beth Moss, Arlene Silveira


STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Steve Hartley, Jack Jorgensen, Pam Nash, Art Rainwater, Marcia Standiford, Ken Syke, Ann Wilson - Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Johnny Winston, Jr. and seconded by Maya Cole to approve the Performance and Achievement Committee minutes dated November 26, 2007. Motion unanimously carried.

2. Announcements

There were no announcements.

3. School Models (Charter, Magnet, Alternative, Specialty)

4. Development of a Written List of Considerations the Board may Reference when making Decisions regarding the Provision of Educational Options

(Written materials provided in advance of the meeting: Minutes from the October 22, 2007 Performance and Achievement Committee meeting, MMSD Policy and Procedure 10000 Charter Schools, Considerations when Redrawing Boundary Lines. Written materials distributed at the meeting: updated Considerations when Considering Educational Options Draft for Discussion Only 12/17/07 - all attached to the original of these minutes.)

Lawrie Kobza stated her goal for the meeting was to develop a draft of a written list of considerations that the Board can use as they make decisions regarding the provision of educational options, similar to the considerations used by the Long Range Planning Committee when redrawing boundary lines. She hoped that the committee would get to the point where they would feel comfortable forwarding the developed information to the Board for full discussion and finalization. She noted other written materials provided that may be helpful during the discussion - the minutes from a previous meeting that identified the initial items of agreement, the MMSD policy on Charter Schools, and the Considerations When Redrawing Boundary Lines.

Ms. Kobza distributed a draft of considerations for educational options and offered it to the committee as a starting point for discussion. Each item presented was discussed and editorial changes made. At the end of the discussion, Ms. Kobza noted she would work with the Administration to incorporate the revisions and suggestions made and bring another draft to a Special Meeting of the Board of Education-Workshop. The following items will be taken into consideration as the next draft is prepared. It was also suggested the document be separated into policies and guidelines.

Concern about the perception that one option is better than another. Alternatives will be different than what is offered in the traditional school; people will think they are better or worse. Concern that the perception of quality has more to do with the student body than with what is happening in school.

Define the type of student need that justifies programming.

Develop a common approach to designing programs to meet student need.

Use the Equity Policy as an overall consideration.

Core curriculum in all schools/programs - options allow something additional.

Evaluation - surveys or studies about trends (re: educational options selected).

Further discussion (full Board) re: "Educational options should reflect the diversity of the district."

5. Other Business

There was no other business.

6. Adjournment

It was moved by Johnny Winston, Jr. and seconded by Maya Cole to adjourn the meeting at 6:25 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.