April 7th, 2015 MMSD Referendum -- CAST Is Back!
Our good schools are the foundation for a strong community. A number of our schools urgently need more space because they are overcrowded. Others require remodeling to improve accessibility for all students, staff, families, and community members. Some buildings need more secure entrances; while others need long-overdue renovations of basic structures such as walls and ceilings. Finally, crucial upgrades are needed to the technology infrastructure that services all of our schools in order to meet the demands of education in the 21st century. A successful referendum will make all of this happen.
Vote YES for schools on April 7th - show how much YOU value education.
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.
Community and Schools Together (CAST) is a volunteer organization working to help pass this important measure.
Your contribution will help make sure our students have the schools they deserve.
You can donate online here, or mail a contribution to Madison CAST, PO Box 46341, Madison, WI, 53744-6341Donate
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 at 06:30 PMVan Hise Elementary School in Madison, WI
Join referendum supporters, MMSD representatives, and parents for an open house discussion of the MMSD Referendum.
The event will include presentations on plans for improving accessibility in Madison's schools, tours of school facilities, and will allow for questions of MMSD staff and Board of Education members.
Sunday, March 08, 2015 at 02:00 PMCallahan's Sports Pub in Madison, WI
Join supporters of public schools to celebrate our LaFollette and East area schools with performances by the Frank Allis Wildcats 5th Grade All-Girls Dance Troupe and musical guests East High's Accidentals Jazz Band and Corinne McKnight.
The event will feature Madison Board of Education member Dean Loumos.
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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