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Madison Metropolitan School District

Weekly Update to the Board of Education 7-21-2022

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

Dear Board Members,

This week marks the fifth week of our summer semester. During this week, our community and nation have continued to grapple with multiple national and international challenges: a constantly evolving global health pandemic; widespread inflation; shortages of goods and services due to supply chain disruptions; public sector paralysis caused by political partisanship; and ever-present instances of racial and social injustice. These challenges affect the strivings of our students, staff, families, and community members for more meaningful participation in civic life. However, our community’s ingenuity and resilience promises to forge new paths to academic, political, and artistic uplift.

As we move closer to the end of the month of July, we see increasing evidence of the preparations for our upcoming school year. Scholars are participating in summer internships, volunteer opportunities, and academic enrichment programming. Staff are engaged in their own capacity building exercises, including taking formal classes; participating in professional development; refining student engagement plans; and taking part in ongoing hiring activities. Families are moving through the early stages of back-to-school checklists, while still finding time to enjoy the warmth of a beautiful Wisconsin summer. Community members are balancing their feelings of civic pride over our district’s and city’s construction and maintenance projects with impatience over wanting to see the final product. Medical experts are reviewing key data to formulate recommendations for mitigating the effects of threats to health and safety.

As we all continue to engage in our summer activities and preparations for the upcoming school year, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. I look forward to providing you with further updates on our district’s progress in the coming weeks.

Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.


Weekly Update, July 21, 2022