The MMSD School Board plans to ask Madison taxpayers to approve two referenda: one to focus on building improvements (and potentially new construction) and one to focus on operating expenses.
Taken together, these referenda have potentially significant implications for students & families citywide, particularly in the Frank Allis, Nuestro Mundo, Moorland Road, and LaFollette communities. The East Side Progressives would like to welcome everyone to a forum with MMSD leadership, as well as members of the School Board, to discuss these impacts.
Primarily, the building referendum will fund improvements to existing high schools, including LaFollette High School. It also contemplates:
-Building a new school in the Moorland Road community.
-Re-locating Nuestro Mundo, an existing dual-language public charter school that currently operates in leased space.
-Determining the future of Frank Allis School, in light of the above.
-Funding environmental improvements and other facility changes citywide.
The operating referendum is designed to cover budgetary shortfalls stemming largely from the loss of district revenue (e.g., cuts in state funding of public schools).
Taken together, these referenda comprise Wisconsin’s largest-ever request -- nearly $350M -- from a school board to taxpayers through the referenda process. And the potential impacts to students and families are significant. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about these important topics!
-Kelly Ruppel, MMSD Chief Financial Officer
-Chad Wiese, former principal of LaFollette High School and current Director of Building Services
-Other MMSD staff TBD
School Board attendees include:
-Other Board Members TBD
There will be a Question & Answer period. For more info or to ask questions, you can find the event over on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/438618743450144/.