MMSD Tackles Leopold Overcrowding

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Madison's school board takes up overcrowding issues once again.
This time the school under discussion is Leopold Elementary.

Monday night the Long Range Planning Committee focused on high enrollment issues at the school on the city's south side.

On top of the overcrowding, the school district is facing an $8.6 million budget gap.

The board is considering a couple of ways to deal with the issues, including a May referendum to build a second school on the Leopold site, or changing boundaries on the city's west side.

We spoke to one parent in favor of the referendum. Marisue Horton has children at Crestwood Elementary. She says building a second school at Leopold makes more sense then moving students to different schools in Fitchburg and Madison's southwest side to deal with overcrowding.

Horton also says if schools are at capacity, they are doing their job. “To me 100 percent and 105 percent there shouldn't be anything wrong with a school operating at that level because to me that tells the tax payers that we're doing what we needed to do.”

Decisions about overcrowding and other budget shortfalls could be made as soon as March seventh.

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