A controversial plan to close and consolidate schools on Madison’s North and East sides appears dead a week before the Madison School Board’s self- imposed deadline for determining $7.9 million in spending reductions.
Four of the board’s seven members plan to vote against Superintendent Art Rainwater’s proposal to save $1 million by closing tiny Lindbergh Elementary and reshuffling hundreds of other students in elementary and middle schools, according to interviews with all board members.
The plan could be revived, however, if board members fail to find a comparable amount of cost savings elsewhere in the district’s 2007-08 budget.
Related 2007-2008 MMSD Budget (07/08 budget is either $339M or $345M (- I’ve seen both numbers used); up from $333M in 06/07) Posts:
- “Bitter Medicine for Madison Schools”: 07/08 budget grows 3.6% from 333M (06/07) to $345M with Reductions in the Increase (I”ve also seen a $339M 07/08 budget number)
- MMSD $6M Structural Deficit Publicly Revealed
- Larger than typical reductions in the annual budget increases
- Concessions made in advance of MTI negotiations by a majority of the Madison School Board [alt view]
- Salary & Benefit budget increases: The dog that didn’t bark
- Active Citizens for Education Budget Proposal Documents
- We support a multi-year operating referendum
- MMSD spending, staffing and attendance history
- Madison area school student population numbers