Madison Metropolitan School District, Wisconsin

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Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin
Madison Metropolitan School District logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Jennifer Cheatham
Graduation rate:74.6%[2]
Number of schools:49
Budget: $325.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Ed Hughes
Board members:7
Term length:3
Madison Metropolitan School District is a school district in Wisconsin that served 27,295 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district slightly improved graduation rates from 73.7% during the 2010-2011 school year to 74.6% during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This improvement coincided with a 7.9% jump in enrollment over the same period.[1]

About the district

Madison Metropolitan School District is located in Madison, Wisconsin
Madison Metropolitan School District is located in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison is the county seat of Dane County and the capital of Wisconsin. According to the United States Census Bureau, Madison is home to 240,323 residents.[3] Madison Metropolitan School District is the second-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 24,806 students during the 2010-11 school year.[4]


Madison outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 53.3% of Madison residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.4% for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Madison was $53,958 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Madison was 18.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Madison (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 78.9 86.2
Black or African American 7.3 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.0
Asian 7.4 2.3
Two or More Races 3.1 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 6.8 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[5]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 61.1 32.5
2008 66.0 32.9
2004 72.8 25.8
2000 71.0 27.5

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[6]


The superintendent of Madison Metropolitan School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Jennifer Cheatham. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2013. Cheatham previously served as an administrator with San Diego Unified School District and Chicago Public Schools.[7] She was offered an annual salary of $235,000 by the Board of Education.[8]

School board

The Madison Board of Education consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat number that represents a specific group of schools.[9]

Madison Board of Education
Member Seat Term Ends
Arlene Silveira 1 2015
Mary Burke 2 2015
Dean Luomos 3 2016
James Howard 4 2016
TJ Mertz 5 2016
Marj Passman 6 2014
Ed Hughes 7 2014

School board elections

See also: Madison Metropolitan School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on April 1, 2014. Two seats will be up for election in April 2015 and three seats will be on the ballot in April 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2013:[10]

The public is invited to register and speak at BOARD regular, special, and work group meetings as listed in the agenda and at hearings called by the BOARD on special topics. See BOARD Policy 1221.
  • Any individual may register with the SUPERINTENDENT or his/her designee beginning fifteen (15) minutes before the time scheduled for a regular or special BOARD meeting or a BOARD work group meeting, or thirty minutes (30) before the time scheduled for a public hearing. Speakers may not register prior to the official opening of registration. Registration will continue until the meeting is called to order. Appearances after this point will be at the discretion of the chairperson.
  • During the regular BOARD agenda, an individual who registers shall be given up to three minutes to speak to the BOARD. Extensions may be granted only by approval of the BOARD or committee.
  • During a special BOARD meeting, BOARD work group meeting, or during a Public Hearing, an individual who registers to speak shall be given up to three minutes to speak to the BOARD or BOARD committee. Extensions may be granted only by approval of the BOARD or committee.
  • A speaker may be registered by a designee but the speaker must be present when he or she is called to appear or forfeit his or her time.
  • Speakers must place the full address of their place of residence on registration forms.
  • Registration forms will allow citizens not wishing to speak an opportunity to express an opinion. All BOARD members will read these opinions.
  • Registrants will be called to speak according to the order in which they have registered.
  • Public appearances at regular or special BOARD meetings and work group meetings will be permitted at the point of the meeting as indicated in the meeting notice/agenda (usually after the approval of minutes).
  • An individual may speak one time during any period for public appearances that is noticed for any meeting.
    • If work groups meet in succession on the same date, a single period for public appearances at or near the start of the meetings may be provided, and an individual registrant may speak one time during said period.
    • No registrant or other individual is entitled to grant any portion of his or her speaking time to another registrant. This is not intended to prohibit the use of a translator or other person providing assistance to an individual registrant who requires such assistance.
    • To the extent a single registrant or multiple registrants bring a prepared written statement to read during public appearances that would take longer than three minutes to read in its entirety, the BOARD strongly encourages a single speaker to summarize the main points of the written statement and then submit a copy of the full written statement to be added to the record of the meeting and to be distributed to each Board Member.
  • Registrants for public appearances at the monthly regular meeting of the School BOARD will normally be permitted to speak on any item, not necessarily limited to the agenda prepared for the meeting. Registrants at other BOARD or work group meetings or at public hearings on specific topics must limit comments to items on the agenda of the meeting or to the topic of the hearing. Permission to speak on another item will be at the discretion of the chairperson(s).
  • Action will not be taken on public appearances (requests) during the same meeting as presented unless the public appearance is associated with an item of business already on the agenda for the meeting and for which adequate public notice was given in advance of the meeting.
  • When appropriate, issues raised during public appearances will be referred to the SUPERINTENDENT and/or an appropriate committee for study and for future report to the BOARD. Public appearances are not intended as a forum for identifying, presenting or processing complaints or grievances against individual staff members, and concerns relating to individual personnel matters should initially be brought to the attention of the staff member's immediate supervisor and/or submitted as a complaint to the District administrative offices.
  • At the discretion of the BOARD PRESIDENT, public appearances may be omitted from a special BOARD meeting or may be limited to a specific period of time, as stated or identified on the meeting notice/agenda. At any meeting where public appearances are identified on the meeting notice/agenda, the period for public appearances may be further limited at the meeting only by majority vote of the Board or committee. Examples of reasons for excluding or limiting public appearances as part of a BOARD or work group meeting include but are not limited to situations in which a public hearing on the subject matter has been or will be scheduled, the BOARD or BOARD work group workshop, time limitations associated with the meeting do not allow for an extended period of public presentations, etc. Any member of the public who is unable to offer his/her comments through a public appearance at a BOARD or work group meeting shall be entitled to submit written comments to the BOARD Members.[11]


The Madison Metropolitan School District's budget is published on its website.[12]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $147,444,948 47.7% $10,415,528 3.4% $98,084,666 31.7% $155,227 0.1% $52,865,415 17.1% $308,965,784
2012-2013 $157,561,910 48% $11,563,274 3.5% $109,160,166 33.2% $152,409 0% $50,138,462 15.3% $328,576,221
2013-2014 $157,203,217 48.3% $12,478,886 3.8% $100,181,101 30.8% $152,114 0% $55,541,943 17.1% $325,557,261
Averages: $154,070,025 48% $11,485,896 4% $102,475,311 32% $153,250 0% $52,848,606.67 16% $321,033,088.67

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Madison Metropolitan School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2012-2013 school year:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 33,575 69,162
B.A. 12 34,197 70,243
B.A. 24 34,819 71,323
MA 36,684 76,992
MA 12 37,306 84,918
MA 24 37,927 86,050
MA 48 39,793 88,314
Ph.D. 41,036 90,579


Teachers in Madison Metropolitan School District are represented by Madison Teachers Inc. (MTI). The president of MTI during the 2013-2014 school year was Peggy Coyne.[14]

Schools in Madison Metropolitan School District


The district served 27,295 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 10.1% increase in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 24,779 -
2010 24,965 0.7
2011 26,955 7.9
2012 27,245 1.0
2013 27,295 0.1

District schools

Madison Metropolitan School District operates 49 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Madison Metropolitan School District
Allis Elementary School
Badger Rock Middle School
Black Hawk Middle School
Chavez Elementary School
Cherokee Middle School
Crestwood Elementary School
East High School
Elvehjem Elementary School
Emerson Elementary School
Falk Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School
Glendale Elementary School
Gompers Elementary School
Hamilton Middle School
Hawthorne Elementary School
Huegel Elementary School
Jefferson Middle School
Kennedy Elementary School
La Follette High School
Lake View Elementary School
Lapham Elementary School
Leopold Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Lindbergh Elementary School
Lowell Elementary School
Marquette Elementary School
Memorial High School
Mendota Elementary School
Midvale Elementary School
Muir Elementary School
Nuestro Mundo Elementary School
O'Keeffe Middle School
Olson Elementary School
Orchard Ridge Elementary School
Randall Elementary School
Sandburg Elementary School
Schenck Elementary School
Sennett Middle School
Shabazz High School
Sherman Middle School
Shorewood Elementary School
Spring Harbor Middle School
Stephens Elementary School
Thoreau Elementary School
Toki Middle School
Van Hise Elementary School
West High School
Whitehorse Middle School
Wright Middle School

Academic performance

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction administers annual Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) tests to students throughout the state. These tests assess proficiency in math and reading among students in grades three through eight as well as tenth grade. WSAS tests also evaluate proficiency in language arts, science and social studies at grades four, eight and ten. The Department of Public Instruction publishes results from WSAS tests as part of each district's Annual District Report Card.[16]

The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:[16]

  • Student Achievement: This category compares reading and math performance by district students to state and national standards.
  • Student Growth: This category compares year-to-year performance on reading and math sections in WSAS tests.
  • Closing Gaps: This category compares test performance by low-performing groups in the district to similar cohorts across the state.
  • On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: This category uses benchmarks including ACT scores, graduation rate, attendance rate and math achievement to assess post-graduate preparedness.

Madison Metropolitan School District achieved an overall score of 68.5 during the 2012-2013 school year. The district's overall score led to a Meets Expectations designation from the Department of Public Instruction. The following table compares district performance with state performance according to the 2012-2013 Annual District Report Card:[16]

Annual District Report Card Grades, 2012-2013
Category District score State score
Student Achievement 63.5 66.1
Student Growth 64.0 60.6
Closing Gaps 65.5 66.8
On-track and Postsecondary Readiness 81.2 84.9


Debate over Tech Plan

Rival community groups in Madison have debated the virtues of the district's five-year Tech Plan proposal during board meetings in January 2014. The Tech Plan would use $31 million to incorporate enough computers into area schools to ensure one-on-one instruction. The annual expenses for the current proposal would grow from $1.5 million during the 2013-2014 school year to $8.4 million during the 2018-2019 school year.[17]

The School-Community Alliance for Public Education (SCAPE) advocates for a more thorough review of the program by the board. SCAPE believes that the annual cost of the Tech Plan deserves greater scrutiny by district residents. The group also suggests that one-on-one computing might not be valuable enough for K-3 students to warrant higher expenses.[17]

The Leopold Parent-Faculty Organization supports implementation of the Tech Plan based on their own experiences with one-on-one computing. The organization raised private funds to purchase iPads and other technology for students in south side schools. Organizers note the broad popularity of this initial investment and express concern about the district's outdated technology infrastructure.[17]

Contact information

Madison Metropolitan School District logo.jpg
Madison Metropolitan School District
545 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 663-1659

Website evaluation

Taxes P
Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Contracts P
Public Records N
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Background Checks P

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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of Wisconsin school district websites

Last rated on April 6, 2012.

The good

  • Current budget available, which lists previous budgets in text.[12]
  • School board members and their individual contact information are listed.[18]
  • School board meetings and minutes are posted.[19]
  • Administrative officials in differing departments are listed.[20]
  • Some information is provided on contracts and employment.[21]
  • Audits are posted.[22]
  • Recent statewide test results are posted.[23]
  • Background check information is briefly reviewed in the employment tasks information.[21]

The bad

  • No public records information is provided.

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Wisconsin Information System for Education," accessed February 4, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "High school completion rates," accessed February 4, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Madison, Wisconsin," accessed January 27, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
  5. Dane County Clerk's Office, "Election Results," accessed January 27, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Catherine Capellaro The Daily Page, "Jennifer Cheatham takes charge of Madison schools," October 3, 2013
  8. Matthew DeFour Wisconsin State Journal, "Madison school superintendent Jennifer Cheatham offered $235K salary," February 22, 2013
  9. Madison Metropolitan School District, "Organization," accessed February 5, 2014
  10. Madison Metropolitan School District, "Public Appearances," August 26, 2013
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Madison Metropolitan School District, "Proposed Expenditure by Fund," accessed December 11, 2013
  13. Madison Teachers Inc., "Collective Bargaining Agreement 2013-2014," accessed February 4, 2014
  14. Madison Teachers Inc., "Teachers and Professional Staff," accessed February 4, 2014
  15. Madison Metropolitan School District, "School Start and Dismissal Times," accessed February 4, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2, "Parents ask what's the rush on Madison schools' $31 million tech plan," January 22, 2014
  18. Madison Metropolitan School District, "Board of Education Members," accessed February 4, 2014
  19. Madison Metropolitan School District, "Board of Education," accessed February 4, 2014
  20. Madison Metropolitan School District, "Departments and Divisions," accessed February 4, 2014
  21. 21.0 21.1 Madison Metropolitan School District, "Employment Division," accessed February 4, 2014
  22. Madison Metropolitan School District, "Financial Audit," accessed February 4, 2014
  23. Madison Metropolitan School District, "DPI Report Cards," accessed February 4, 2014