This year's budget cutting round was finished up on Wednesday night when the board voted to adopt the cuts recommended by the budget committee with a few modifications from the superintendent. Most difficult among the cuts are the elimination of multiple support staff positions, including special and regular educational assistants library and clerical staff along with two special education teachers. The loss of these positions will increase the demands on the teaching staff and reduce the time they can dedicate to each student. More on the list can be found here.
In other big news the Board approved a six year lease and joint operating agreement with the Madison School District to operate their Nuestro Mundo Charter School in the Maywood Building. This K-5 program is a dual language immersion program (English & Spanish). Five spots will be available for Monona Grove students in each grade, starting next year with kindergarten.