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April Madison Board of Education Progress Report

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April Madison Board of Education Progress Report

Postby Johnny Winston Jr. » Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:42 pm

The month of April brings showers, however, for the Madison BOE it brings new beginnings, budget challenges and community dialogue. First, regarding new beginnings let me congratulate Beth Moss and Maya Cole on their election onto the Madison school board. They will be replacing the retiring Shwaw Vang and Ruth Robarts. Our community should be proud of Mr. Vang and Ms. Robartsâ?? years of service. I was also re-elected to a second term and look forward to continued public service in this position. In addition to new board members, the board decided unanimously to name the new school General Vang Pao Elementary. Second, the Madison School District faces a $7.1 million dollar shortfall, which has the board discussing school closings and consolidations, increasing elementary class sizes in several schools, increasing class sizes across the district in elementary art, music, gym and REACH, and eliminating the 5th grade strings program. After fourteen years of being under the state imposed revenue limits, the budget cuts are now reaching the point of cutting into the foundation of our educational values. Third, several public hearings on the budget reductions will be held throughout the community including on Tuesday April 17th at LaFollette and Thursday April 19th at Memorial. Both hearings are at 6:30 pm. The 2007-08 budget will be finalized in late April or early May. Fourth, the board voted down an operating referendum proposal that could have taken place in the summer. However, given our budgetary situation I wonâ??t be surprised to see an operating referendum on the ballot in February 2008. Fifth, the board approved a Request For Proposals for consultants to conduct a superintendent search and decided on health insurance contributions for Administrators.

Board Committees:
A full month of public hearings and board workshop agendas kept many committees from meeting since my last report. However, the committees have played an important part in analysis and discussion this year. Finance and Operations (Lawrie Kobza, Chair) continues its work on the citizenâ??s budget. Long Range Planning (Carol Carstensen, Chair) held public hearings in the community regarding the proposed closings and consolidations. Communications (Arlene Silveira, Chair) held a special workshop regarding community advocacy efforts regarding lobbying our state government for additional K-12 funding. Community Partnerships (Lucy Mathiak, Chair) received a presentation regarding the process and procedure the UW Foundation uses to engage people to make contributions.

MMSD News:
On Monday March 26th, the MMSD held its annual recognition awards honoring district staff, students and citizens who have made significant contributions to Madison's outstanding schools. Nine students received the Joe Thomas Community Service Award, five teachers were recognized for their work toward the Kohl Teacher Fellowship, and eleven individuals received the Distinguished Service Award. For more MMSD news click here: http://mmsd.org/today/

Thank you for your interest and support of the MMSD.
Johnny Winston, Jr., President, Madison Board of Education
jwinstonjr@madison.k12.wi.us

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Re: April Madison Board of Education Progress Report

Postby Taxed » Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:38 am

Johnny Winston Jr. wrote: the board decided unanimously to name the new school General Vang Pao Elementary.
You know, as I was getting my golf clubs out at Hawks Landing during our recent warm spell, I thought to myself â??a new school in this area just screams Vang Pao."
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Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:22 pm

I wonder why UW history professor Alfred McCoy didn't testify before the school board. McCoy detailed Vang Paoâ??s role in the heroin trade in his 1991 book, â??The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade.â?Â
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Postby Taxed » Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:47 pm

Well hell, if we are going that route letâ??s at least honor an American. I say name it Masel Elementary. Honoring a heroin trafficker sends the wrong message to our children.
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Postby Mister_A_In_Madison » Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:49 pm

[quote="Henry Vilas"]I wonder why UW history professor Alfred McCoy didn't testify before the school board. McCoy detailed Vang Paoâ??s role in the heroin trade in his 1991 book, â??The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade.â?Â
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Re: April Madison Board of Education Progress Report

Postby jjoyce » Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:34 pm

Taxed wrote:You know, as I was getting my golf clubs out at Hawks Landing during our recent warm spell


So wait, you've paid to join Hawk's Landing and you want us to believe that you're all "Taxed"? According to the website...

initiation fee: $2500

annual dues, single: $3609

knowing you'll have to play three times a week to get your money's worth out of a course that's barely the second best track west of the Beltline: priceless

And you mean to tell us that you forked over all that dough and didn't put up the extra $125 for club storage? Not only that, but that "membership" doesn't even entitle you to any equity in the "club," nor does it appear that they're limiting membership, which means play will be as slow out there as it's always been.

How do you expect anyone to respect your views as a fiscal conservative when you blew over six grand to play a course that was a muni just last summer?
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Re: April Madison Board of Education Progress Report

Postby Taxed » Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:01 pm

You have fun at Vitense, and try to get past the envy. This doesn't mean I cancelled my membership at Nakoma you know. Hawks is closer to my place, and when the Hummer is low on gas it saves time to go there without having to refuel.

Try to understand that fiscal conservatives don't object to spending their own money . . . just to having others spending it for them.

And try to stay on topic. We are talking about naming Madison Schools after Southeast Asian War Lords who traffic in Heroin. Are you not familiar with how a forum works?
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Re: April Madison Board of Education Progress Report

Postby Mister_A_In_Madison » Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:30 pm

Taxed wrote:You have fun at Vitense, and try to get past the envy. This doesn't mean I cancelled my membership at Nakoma you know. Hawks is closer to my place, and when the Hummer is low on gas it saves time to go there without having to refuel.

Try to understand that fiscal conservatives don't object to spending their own money . . . just to having others spending it for them.

And try to stay on topic. We are talking about naming Madison Schools after Southeast Asian War Lords who traffic in Heroin. Are you not familiar with how a forum works?


A post like this makes me think that Taxed is only a caricature of a fiscal conservative meant only to antagonize rather than to argue cogently.

But, I am sure, everyone else already knew that.
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Re: April Madison Board of Education Progress Report

Postby Taxed » Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:50 pm

Mister_A_In_Madison wrote:But, I am sure, everyone else already knew that.
Just a little slow are you? Twas Jason and not I that took the detour.
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Re: April Madison Board of Education Progress Report

Postby Marvell » Tue Apr 10, 2007 4:19 pm

Taxed wrote:
Mister_A_In_Madison wrote:But, I am sure, everyone else already knew that.
Just a little slow are you? Twas Jason and not I that took the detour.


'Twas?

Methinks thou were'st first to reference the duffer's chore. Proffer proof that paints a divers truth, or prithee shut closed thy flagon-hole.

Zounds but thou art a mooncalf...
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Re: April Madison Board of Education Progress Report

Postby jjoyce » Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:08 am

Taxed wrote:This doesn't mean I cancelled my membership at Nakoma you know.


This is quite a persona you're carving out for yourself. I get the impression that anyone unfortunate enough to get behind your pull-cart hack-and-drag act out at Odan-errr-Hawk's Landing is in for a real treat.

Don't sell yourself short, Judge Smails. You're a tremendous slouch.
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Re: April Madison Board of Education Progress Report

Postby Mister_A_In_Madison » Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:28 am

Marvell wrote:
Taxed wrote:
Mister_A_In_Madison wrote:But, I am sure, everyone else already knew that.
Just a little slow are you? Twas Jason and not I that took the detour.


'Twas?

Methinks thou were'st first to reference the duffer's chore. Proffer proof that paints a divers truth, or prithee shut closed thy flagon-hole.

Zounds but thou art a mooncalf...


Forsooth, Marvell of TDP, yonder knave doth be most unlikely to parry thy well-appointed barbs.
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Re: April Madison Board of Education Progress Report

Postby Taxed » Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:34 am

jjoyce wrote:
Taxed wrote:This is quite a persona you're carving out for yourself.
I owe it all to TIF. But the subject, you natty haired little ho-daddy, is naming an American School in an upper middle class neighborhood after an alleged drug dealer who partnered with us in one of the worst imperialistic ventures we ever undertook. Any thought on that, or are you too focused on nipping at the heals of someone who doesnâ??t buy in to your poverty consciousness?
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Re: April Madison Board of Education Progress Report

Postby Taxed » Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:37 am

Mister_A_In_Madison wrote:Forsooth, Marvell of TDP, yonder knave doth be most unlikely to parry thy well-appointed barbs.
You and the unmarvelless one have chosen a dialect as outdated as your political views.
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Re: April Madison Board of Education Progress Report

Postby Mister_A_In_Madison » Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:51 am

Taxed wrote:
Mister_A_In_Madison wrote:Forsooth, Marvell of TDP, yonder knave doth be most unlikely to parry thy well-appointed barbs.
You and the unmarvelless one have chosen a dialect as outdated as your political views.


Apparently, you have not paying all that much attention. I often call out issues that look like big wastes of taxpayer dollars.

However, the difference is that I do not attempt to feed the misconceptions that fiscally conservative individuals are spending it all on themselves... or that they do not want to spend on others (rather, some of us do but just want to make sure it really is being spent as intended).

Back on topic, I do agree that it seems odd to name a school after someone with these sorts of allegations hanging over them.

They were enough to derail Madison's intended naming of a park after him.

What has changed?

Or is this meant as a sort of recompense for that perceived slight?

Or - tongue firmly in cheek here - is the MMSD Board being subtle and suggesting to the community how it might attempt to secure alternative funding in the future?
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