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Madison Metropolitan School District

Building Excellence

Over the next two decades MMSD student enrollment will increase as the city of Madison continues to grow and prosper. Along with our students, families, staff and community, we are developing a set of planning tools called Building Excellence, to address this growth and ensure our facilities serve teaching and learning throughout the district.

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A different kind of facilities planning process

Building Excellence is a living set of resources that will be used to initiate a new approach to long-range facility planning. Unlike a fixed plan that lays out a district-wide project list and timeline, our approach taps into an ever-growing database of information about each of the five project areas below (Attendance Areas, Community Growth Projections, Building Assessments, Instructional Design Needs, and Community Engagement). Building Excellence provides resources to identify and prioritize needs through a cyclical process that will allow for greater transparency and accountability, and this new approach will ensure that our facilities equitably serve teaching and learning needs district-wide.
Below you will find some of the resources that make up Building Excellence, which will be continuously updated to ensure decision-makers have the most accurate information to make facilities planning decisions. To learn more about our Capital Planning strategies that will be utilized for maintenance and major construction projects, please see slide 9 in the January Board of Education presentation.

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Future Ready MMSD

The School Board is considering two referenda questions for the community to vote on in 2020 - one for facilities and one for operating expenses. Visit the Future Ready MMSD page to learn more.

Information about the Holtzman Property purchase

Throughout the 2018-19 school year, the Board of Education expressed the need to provide a more adequate learning space for special education programs that are showing positive potential for students. Based on detailed discussions regarding the programming options we had available, the number of available seats in the program, and reviews of program waitlists, the Board set into reserves approximately $5 million from the closing of three tax increment districts (TID #27, #32, and #43) to purchase a permanent location for the special education programs, credit recovery and alternatives to expulsion that currently are placed in a $243,000 leased space at Olin Avenue. Learn more here.

2015 Referendum Projects

In April 2015, Madison voters authorized funding for a forty-one million dollar ($41,000,000) school facility improvement plan. The projects occurred in sixteen MMSD schools during a thirty-six month period, ending June 30, 2018. A summary of the project and its outcome can be found here.

Timeline of developing these resources with your input

We are following a three-phase plan to engage our students, staff, families and community members in the development of this strategy. We are currently in Phase 3 and we need your feedback to move forward. Please read through the resources above and click below to give your feedback. Thank you!

Where can you learn more?

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Long Range Facilities Plan

Find below all the links mentioned in the Draft Long Range Facilities Plan, in order of appearance. Please note that some links are repeated throughout the document but only appear on this page once.