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Madison Metropolitan School District

Weekly Update to the Board of Education 4-14-2022

A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Dear Board Members,

This week, which marks the second week of our fourth quarter, has certainly been eventful. Our community, state, and nation continue to wrestle with the effects of surges in COVID-19 cases, inflationary spikes in prices, staffing shortages, racial injustice, and global political unrest. Despite the uncertainties of our times, we are inspired by accomplishments like the historic Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and the daily resilience demonstrated by our students, families, staff, and community members.

This week we have witnessed new examples of our students and staff demonstrating resilience and achieving excellence. Resilience is seen in collaborative efforts to share more authentic cultural insights such as La Follette High School’s Union LatinX and Black Student Union hosting 65 filmgoers last Friday for the immigration experiences movie “Under the Same Moon” in the opening installment of their film festival “Black and Brown.” Excellence is exhibited by Alice Severson, Science Teacher at Huegel Elementary School, being named one of four finalists from Wisconsin for the 2022 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Our ability to foster resilience and inspire striving for excellence is certainly aligned with our strategic budgetary decision-making. As such, it was encouraging to witness the vigorous interrogation of planned investments during the board’s Operations Work Group meeting on Monday. The conversations which took place during the meeting demonstrated how seriously our district takes being good stewards of the resources which our community entrusts to us. Our students, families, staff, and community members will receive greater returns on the invested resources due to these productive discourses sharpening our focus on excellence, equity, humanity, and intentionality.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. We look forward to providing you with more updates on our district’s progress next week.

Sincerely,
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.

 

Weekly Update, April 14, 2022