Week of May 30th – School Board Update by President Johnny Winston, Jr.

Via a Johnny Winston, Jr. email:

Currently, the Madison School Board is deliberating over the 2006-07 budget. Board members submitted budget amendments to the Administration last week. The strings program, library pages, funding for community groups, student fees, school programs and class sizes are among the items identified by board members to change in the budget. For a list of budget amendments and Administrative responses please go to: http://mmsd.org/budget/mmsd/0607/budget.htm.
We invite the public to comment on the budget amendments at our public hearing on Tuesday May 30th at 5 p.m. at the Doyle Building or in writing to the board at comments@madison.k12.wi.us. The board will finalize the budget on Wednesday May 31st. Both of these meetings will be televised on MMSD television on cable channel 10 at 5 p.m.

Upcoming Dates & Agenda Items:
· The board will deliberate on a possible fall referendum regarding building of a new school on the far Westside of Madison and the refinancing of building additions debt on June 5th.
· On June 12th the Performance and Achievement Committee will receive a report regarding the new Middle School Design. Board will receive a report on the United Way Schools of Hope Initiative by U.W. School of Education’s, Dr. Julie Underwood and discuss policy regarding placement of cell antennas on MMSD property for revenue.
· On June 19th the Board will have a “brainstorming session” to discuss issues and topics for the upcoming school year. The board’s committees will become a focus this year. This meeting will allow the elected board to develop priorities and a vision for the school district and allow the Administration to address those issues. It will be the goal of the board to work cooperatively, effectively and respectfully.
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there are six School Board committees – Finance and Operations; Human Resources; Partnerships; Long Range Planning; Performance and Achievement; and Communications (formerly Legislative).
Thank you for your interest and support of the MMSD.
Johnny Winston, Jr.
President, Madison School Board