Long live Las Tortugas

In case you missed it, the school district is looking to strike a deal to rent out Maywood to Nuestro Mundo charter school. It is a six year lease that nets the district $165,000 annually, plus 5 spots would be reserved for MG kids in each grade.

Nuestro Mundo offers dual instruction in Spanish and English. The school currently enrolls about 270 students in grades K-5.

Here are details: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/nuestro-mundo-charter-school-could-move-to-monona/article_6b878dd8-6efa-11e1-aea8-0019bb2963f4.html

The deal offers some ramifications within the school district. It makes selling Nichols less of an alternative since you would have to find homes for the district offices plus the MG21 charter school – both of which are currently housed in Nichols. With Maywood occupied, you have one less alternative location to move either group.

The move does provide some financial relief for the district. $165,000 is nothing to sneeze at – and the money would come in each year – not just a one time payment. The district needs the financial relief now. Any consideration of selling Maywood or Nichols for development would take years to happen.

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  1. Robbie

     /  March 20, 2012

    Maywood Closed?

  2. Joann Stanton

     /  March 21, 2012

    If Maywood can’t be used for our own dstrict’s elementary students, I think leasing the space so other children can use this wonderful building is a great option. Maywood is a wonderfully configured school for elementary age students. I think it would be a mistake to remodel it to house the district offices and the MG21 Charter School. Leasing to the Madison District will allow us to keep Maywood and Nichols. I see no need to sell either property in the near future, if ever.

  3. JumboJet

     /  March 21, 2012

    I have to agree with Joann, once the schools and land are sold – we will never get that back. Tossing up more senior living apartments is not my future of Monona. A disc golf course would be ideal at Maywood…….

  4. Anonymous

     /  March 21, 2012

    I think it’s a great thing, but too bad state laws wouldn’t let this school be more of a partnership that allows more than 5 spots for MG kids.

  5. Penokee

     /  April 2, 2012

    A good idea that should be supported by the school board and others. Keep the land, lease the building.

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