Where We've Been

The school district facilities have been comprehensively analyzed a number of times over the past twenty years. In 1997, a joint Town of Madison/Madison Public Schools “Facilities Needs Assessment” and “Integrated Facilities Strategic and Financial Plan” was conducted by the Facilities Resource Management (FRM) consulting firm. Seven years later the current Daniel Hand High School opened as a new construction in September of 2004 and the district was reconfigured to its present-day grade level configurations (i.e. K-4 elementary, 5-6 lower middle school, 7-8 upper middle school, 9-12 high school).

Shortly thereafter in 2010, the “Madison Town and Elementary School Facilities Review” was completed by a Joint Facilities Review Committee. For a variety of reasons, not the least of which being the economic climate at the time, very little action was taken in response to this facilities review.

Most recently, an in-depth study that began in 2014 resulted in comprehensive reports facilitated by the Drummey, Rosane and Anderson (DRA) architectural consulting firm. These reports included the following:

With the addition of Colliers International serving as representation, this most recent facilities study culminated with a referendum on September 26, 2017 to build a new elementary school on the Ryerson School property, with the expectation that a full renovation of Jeffrey School would follow immediately thereafter. Based on a trend of significant declining student enrollment over time, and with the projection for the trend to continue into the foreseeable future, this plan contracted the district from six schools to five by closing Island Avenue Elementary School.

The referendum failed and the Board of Education then sought another approach to address the current, and future maintenance needs of the school facilities that were identified in various facility reports. In addition, based on enrollment projections, on October 17, 2017, the Board of Education voted to close Island Avenue Elementary School following the 2018-2019 school year.

This move necessitated a reconfiguration of the school district, particularly the grade levels. In December 2017, the Board of Education voted to make the respective changes following the 2018-2019 school year. Beginning in September 2019, the district will be reconfigured as follows:

  • Ryerson Elementary School K-3
  • Jeffrey Elementary School K-3
  • Brown School 4-5
  • Polson Middle School 6-8
  • Daniel Hand High School 9-12

In the fall of 2017, the Board of Education again commissioned the services of Colliers International, a top tier global facilities and real estate consulting firm, to develop a long-term facility maintenance plan. With fresh reports developed over the past few years, a draft plan was presented to the Board of Education’s Facilities Committee in the spring of 2018. On May 31, 2018, the Facilities Committee voted to forward the draft 10 Year Capital Maintenance Plan to the full Board of Education for approval. On June 19, 2018, the full Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the plan.