For Immediate Release: March 17, 2015

Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson (608) 663-1903


The Madison Metropolitan School District will host a ‘Telephone Town Hall’ this Wednesday, March 18 at  7:00p.m. to discuss the upcoming referendum. Tens of thousands of Madison-area residents will receive a phone call Monday evening inviting them to join their first-ever live telephone town hall meeting, made possible through a generous donation by the Madison Community Foundation.


Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham and district officials will share information about the upcoming facilities referendum, which will appear on the April 7 ballot. Participants of the Telephone Town Hall event will have an opportunity to ask questions, share comments, vote in polls on their touch tone phones or just listen in to the meeting,


If passed, the referendum would fund improvements to 16 Madison school buildings, including the following:


  • greater accessibility so students, families and community members with mobility challenges can access second and third floors
  • additions to alleviate our most overcrowded schools and accommodate enrollment growth
  • renovations targeting schools with the lowest ratings on the district’s facility condition index
  • technology infrastructure upgrades to support growing use of technology


Residents will be called Monday evening and invited to join the meeting. Anyone can also join by dialing toll-free 888-409-5380.


Those who can’t join the meeting are invited to visit to learn more.