Thanks For Your Support!
On behalf of Communities and Schools Together, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our community for supporting the referendum that was approved on April 7, 2015.
We also thank community members for their gracious reception to our presentations and for their questions and comments, and their ultimate belief in, and subsequent support of, the proposal. It is often stated that it takes a village to raise a child. However, it takes a community to build a school. And the building and maintenance of both schools and the education provided within are distinctly each community’s ongoing responsibility.The Madison Metropolitan School District demonstrates that responsibility.
The Madison Metropolitan School District has a long tradition of providing a high quality education that encourages all students to meet their highest potential. We look forward to creating a bright future for our students and our community. “Thank You” for your support of the Madison Metropolitan Schools.
Community and Schools Together (CAST) is a grass roots organization of parents, students, educators, and community members. We at CAST are dedicated to educating the citizens of Madison about school funding referenda in the Madison Metropolitan School District. We welcome your ideas and involvement as we strive for the successful passage of school funding referenda.
CAST urges you as a taxpayer to learn about the issues and challenges facing our public schools. We want to provide you with information from sources throughout the community and state so that you can better understand the needs of our schools.
If you believe in quality public schools for all as an integral part of our democracy, join us in working to assure our schools have adequate resources. We look forward to sharing a positive message about the future of the MMSD.
Published in The CapTimes, January 14th, 2015
"Community group launches support campaign for Madison $41 million school referendum"
Written by: Pat Schneider
A campaign in support of the Madison Metropolitan School District’s $41 million referendum is launching this week with the reactivation of Community and Schools Together, a nonprofit advocacy group.
Organizers of the group, founded in support of a $23 million referendum overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2006, geared up for the 2015 referendum by revitalizing its Facebook page and adding a PayPal account to receive contributions. An upgrade of the group’s website is in the works.
They are encouraging school district residents — parents of MMSD students, parents whose kids graduated from MMSD s schools, school employees and community members — to join with them, said Carousel Bayrd, mother of two Van Hise Elementary School students and vice-chair of the Dane County Board.
Published in the Wisconsin State Journal, December 16th, 2014
"$41 million Madison schools referendum proposal finalized"
Written by: Molly Beck
The Madison School District will ask voters to approve a $41 million school facilities referendum in April.
The Madison School Board finalized the project list Monday after months of discussion.
It unanimously approved a substitute referendum that adds $2 million to the previously discussed $39 million referendum. The additional $2 million would go toward technology infrastructure improvements included in the district’s technology plan that was adopted last school year.
The proposal improves accessibility in 10 schools, adds classroom space to five school buildings considered to be too crowded to provide adequate learning environments and would renovate four schools that are in need of major upgrades, according to the district.
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