How will tonight’s property tax increase vote play out on April 6, 2010? Three Madison School Board seats will be on the ballot that day. The seats are currently occupied by:
|Beth Moss||Johnny Winston||Maya Cole|
|Regular Board Meetings > 2007 election||28||28||28|
|Absent||4 (14%)||3 (10.7%)||3 (10.7%)|
|Interviews:||2007 Video||2004 Video (Election info)||2007 Video|
I emailed Beth, Johnny and Maya recently to see if they plan to seek re-election in the April 6, 2010 election. I will publish any responses received.
What issues might be on voters minds in five months?:
- The District’s $418,415,780 2009/2010 budget [1.1MB PDF] ($412,219,577 2008/2009 and $399,835,904 in 2007/2008) and recent property tax increases (the decline in Wisconsin K-12 spending growth – after years of substantial increases is a factor), but dealing with less is a reality for many citizens.
- Governance, in terms of
- program effectiveness review,
- Madison School District & Madison Teachers Union Reach Tentative Agreement: 3.93% Increase Year 1, 3.99% Year 2; Base Rate $33,242 Year 1, $33,575 Year 2: Requires 50% MTI 4K Members and will “Review the content and frequency of report cards”
- the math,
- fine arts,
- talented and gifted task forces
- and the full implementation of “infinite campus“, which should reduce costs and improve services
- The term high school redesign appears occasionally along with small learning communities.
- General district and possibly school governance issues may be topical as well.
- National conversations regarding
- Education school rigor (The UW-Madison School of Education has significant influence on our local District),
- teacher tenure
- and Madison’s lack of substantial charter school options
may also be on voter minds.