Local Montessori school looks to join Madison school district

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--The Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education will decide this month whether to make Isthmus Montessori School the district's first public Montessori school.

A public hearing was held this afternoon and people had the opportunity to express their opinions about this issue.

Montessori schools have a different approach to teaching than public schools. Chief of Staff for the Madison Metropolitan School District Kelly Ruppel said the board needs to make sure the systems are compatible before approving the application.

"That's the intent and the reason why we need a plan ahead of the proposal," Ruppel said. "So we know what it is you're proposing and ensuring it's in line with our values as a school district."

Isthmus Montessori co-founder Melissa Droessler said they are optimistic about the final vote.

"I see this working everyday, when I worked for Milwaukee public schools, I saw it working everyday. so we see it work and I know..I know, it's going to happen."

The final vote is scheduled for January 30th.

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