Editorial: Growing community schools

Editorial: Growing community schools

Less than a week after the Madison Community Foundation announced its 75th anniversary celebration capstone gift — a $1.1 million challenge grant to support future community schools in Madison — the Madison Metropolitan School District has announced Hawthorne and Lakeview Elementary Schools will become the district’s two newest community schools this fall, which is good news

It’s important to keep the momentum growing behind this important, collaborative approach to how we support our schools.

Hawthorne and Lakeview will join Mendota and Leopold as the four currently designated community schools, hopefully, with more to come. This initiative, a component of the district’s Strategic Framework project, is about tying service coordination and student and family support resources to neighborhood assets.

In other words, it’s a way for all community members, whether they have children in the schools or not, to contribute to this critical piece of our civic infrastructure, our public schools. We welcome this timely decision and commitment to growing community schools.