Seat 1 School Board Candidate Maya Cole:
Boundary changes create a larger effect on a district than the direct impact on the children and their families.
- Neighborhood schools are vital for a community.
- Transportation costs eat away at a budget.
- Kids don’t get the daily benefit from a walk to school every day.
These are a few reasons that I feel strongly that we need to support and maintain all of our neighborhood schools.
I think it’s important to keep in mind that Madison has become a growing urban school district. Our community has undergone radical transformation in the past 20 years, and any plan to address the community’s educational needs must take those changes into account.
My vision is to continue the work of the long-range planning groups and expand it to form a strategic plan along the lines of the University of Wisconsin strategic planning. Long-term goals for the district, in my opinion, should be at least ten years or more.