Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 1/7/2020 - 6:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 1. Report with Possible Action Regarding Possible Referendum Funding Allocation
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 3.01 - Annual Operating Budget
Attachments: Copy of Referendum Ballot Question
Staff Resource Summary by School
Excerpt Survey Summary Report
Estimated Costing Analysis
File Attachment:
Copy of Referendum Ballot Question.pdf
Staff Resource Summary by School.pdf
Excerpt Survey Summary Report.pdf
Estimated Costing Analysis.pdf
Background: At the December 12, 2019 Strategic Planning & Budget Committee meeting, based on the report of the Community Task Force, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors requested an outline of possible referendum funding allocation. The allocation should benefit all students while priority is given to those schools and students who have the most needs. Considerations will take into account the results and recommendations of the Schools our Children Deserve MPS survey, feedback sessions, public testimony, the report of the Community Task Force, and MPS’s commitment to equity.

Eight priorities were identified through the survey, feedback sessions and were outlined in the report of the Community Task Force. These eight priorities will increase equity and excellence in our schools and promote positive educational and social-emotional outcomes for our community’s children. The priorities are the following:
• High-quality early childhood education
• Facilities maintenance and safety improvements
• Attracting and retaining certified educators
• Professional support staff
• Meeting educational standards for programming in library services, art, music, and physical education
• Expanding access to advanced educational programming opportunities
• Comprehensive career and technical education
• Class sizes

The attachments are provided to guide the discussion including the following: a copy of the approved ballot question, the current staffing resource summary, an excerpt of the polling survey summary report and an estimated costing analysis to support the identified priorities.
Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Martha Kreitzman - Chief Financial Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent