Madison Metropolitan School District, Wisconsin
|Madison Metropolitan School District|
|Number of schools:||49|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Ed Hughes|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Madison Metropolitan School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 Website evaluation
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
About the districtDane County and the capital of Wisconsin. According to the United States Census Bureau, Madison is home to 240,323 residents. Madison Metropolitan School District is the second-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 24,806 students during the 2010-11 school year.
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.
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.
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. She was offered an annual salary of $235,000 by the Board of Education.
The Madison Board of Education consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat number that represents a specific group of schools.
|Madison Board of Education|
School board elections
Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on April 1, 2014. Two seats will be up for election in April 2015 and three seats will be on the ballot in April 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2013:
|“||The public is invited to register and speak at BOARD regular, special, and work group meetings as listed in the agenda and at hearings called by the BOARD on special topics. See BOARD Policy 1221.
The Madison Metropolitan School District's budget is published on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Teacher salaries at Madison Metropolitan School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2012-2013 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
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.
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Madison Metropolitan School District operates 49 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|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|
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.
The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:
- 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:
|Annual District Report Card Grades, 2012-2013|
|Category||District score||State score|
|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.
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.
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.
|Transparency grading process|
Last rated on April 6, 2012.
- Current budget available, which lists previous budgets in text.
- School board members and their individual contact information are listed.
- School board meetings and minutes are posted.
- Administrative officials in differing departments are listed.
- Some information is provided on contracts and employment.
- Audits are posted.
- Recent statewide test results are posted.
- Background check information is briefly reviewed in the employment tasks information.
- No public records information is provided.
- List of school districts in Wisconsin
- Madison Metropolitan School District elections (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- Madison Metropolitan School District
- City of Madison, Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- Wisconsin Association of School Boards
- Madison Teachers Inc.
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Wisconsin Information System for Education," accessed February 4, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "High school completion rates," accessed February 4, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Madison, Wisconsin," accessed January 27, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Dane County Clerk's Office, "Election Results," accessed January 27, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Catherine Capellaro The Daily Page, "Jennifer Cheatham takes charge of Madison schools," October 3, 2013
- Matthew DeFour Wisconsin State Journal, "Madison school superintendent Jennifer Cheatham offered $235K salary," February 22, 2013
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "Organization," accessed February 5, 2014
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "Public Appearances," August 26, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "Proposed Expenditure by Fund," accessed December 11, 2013
- Madison Teachers Inc., "Collective Bargaining Agreement 2013-2014," accessed February 4, 2014
- Madison Teachers Inc., "Teachers and Professional Staff," accessed February 4, 2014
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "School Start and Dismissal Times," accessed February 4, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
- Madison.com, "Parents ask what's the rush on Madison schools' $31 million tech plan," January 22, 2014
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "Board of Education Members," accessed February 4, 2014
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "Board of Education," accessed February 4, 2014
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "Departments and Divisions," accessed February 4, 2014
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "Employment Division," accessed February 4, 2014
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "Financial Audit," accessed February 4, 2014
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "DPI Report Cards," accessed February 4, 2014