Impromptu food pantry started six weeks ago now serves 100 families

From our news partner Madison365:

When Jimena Maier offered to host a mini-food pantry in her garage less than two months ago, she never thought it would grow to serve more than 100 families. The first week the pantry was open it served 12 families. By week six it served 102. “We had a line of vehicles all the way down Tomscot (Trail). You couldn’t see the end of the line of vehicles,” Maier said.

Despite closures, schools continue to keep communities connected

As COVID-19 continues to change the lives of those across Madison, the importance of local school systems has risen through the ways they have strived to support local families.

“It has completely changed the lives of every person I know.” Michele Ritt, a Special Needs teacher with the Madison Metropolitan School District who was recently re-elected as County Supervisor for Dane County’s 18th District, said.

School Board will reopen superintendent search in May

Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education President Gloria Reyes announced Tuesday that the board will reopen the Madison schools superintendent search next month. The decision was made in a closed board meeting Monday night.

“Our intent is to see if there are any candidates we feel will be a good fit for us,” Reyes said in an online media briefing.

School Board Candidate Christina Gomez Schmidt: police in schools can de-esclate conflict

When it comes to one hot-button issue in the Madison School Board race, Christina Gomez Schmidt is in favor of maintaining the status quo.

“I support the SRO’s in our schools,” Gomez Schmidt said, referring to school resource officers, the Madison police officers whose contract has been controversial over the past several years. “I see their role as to build relationships with students and staff so that they can de-escalate conflict.”

Evers orders all schools closed March 18 – April 6

Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue an agency order mandating the statewide closure of all K-12 schools, public and private, as part of the state’s efforts to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, according to a press release.

Madison Students Look to Launch All-City Black Student Union

Eleven passionate Black MMSD students gathered on Tuesday night at East High School to continue planning for the launch of a city-wide Black Student Union (BSU). 

Two high school seniors have taken the lead on organizing a coalition of BSUs at the city’s four high schools.

Madison school board to address “zero tolerance” racial slur policy

Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education members announced Monday night that they will work with school district administration to amend the zero-tolerance policy that resulted in the termination of Madison West High School security staff member Marlon Anderson.