Madison School Board Progress Report for the week of July 31st
- Is it me or is the summer going by way too fast? Very soon the school year
will arrive for our students and the board action will mark some changes.
On July 17th the Board approved a �wellness policy� that will prohibit the
sale of soft drinks at local high schools in favor of milk, diet sodas,
bottled water and 100% juices. In addition, it will stop the sale of �junk
food� during the school day that put school cafeterias in competition with
school stores or vending machines. Some of our students and staff believe
that this will hurt school fundraising efforts, however, our board believes
that our students are resourceful and will find alternative means for
funding. This policy was developed in part because of a federal mandate that
all schools nationwide must have a wellness policy...The board also approved
�advertising� and �sponsorship� policies. These policies have very clear
parameters. Examples of where ads and sponsorship could occur include the
district website, newsletters and announcements at sporting events. Given
our fiscal challenges, I believe that this is an appropriate policy that I
hope will help preserve some of our extra-curricular, arts and sports
programs which are often vulnerable to budget cuts... On August 7th the
Board will vote on the proposed �Animals in the Classroom� policy and begin
the process of evaluating the Superintendent� On August 14th the board will
discuss the November 7th referendum and have our regular monthly meeting.
The summer edition of MMSD Today is now available at
http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/today/. Congratulations to Reggie Williams for
being named Boys Varsity basketball coach at LaFollette.... Enrollment of
all MMSD elementary school students will be Thursday, August 24 from 11:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the student�s school... Supply lists for elementary
schools are online... MMSD�s Summer Food Service provides free meals to
children. The program was established to ensure that children in needy areas
continue to receive nutritious meals during summer vacation.
Save the Date (Community Events):
On Saturday August 12th the 6th Annual Streetball & Block Party at 12 noon
to 7 p.m. at Penn Park, South Madison. Activities include a men�s
basketball tournament, youth activities, food and fun. Proceeds to the
campaign to promote student achievement and parent involvement... The Food
Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (www.foodallergy.org) is putting on a walk
to raise awareness of food allergies on Saturday August 19th at Elver Park
at 9 a.m.
Did you know? Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR) is a
department of the Madison Metropolitan School District and has been
providing recreation programs for 80 years?
Thank you for your interest and support of the MMSD.
Johnny Winston, Jr., President, Madison School Board
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