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East beats Middleton in WIAA boys basketball

East beats Middleton in WIAA boys basketball

The Madison East Purgolders won a regional championship in a 56-53 win over the Middleton Cardinals at the East gym Tuesday night.

The game was postponed Saturday and played Tuesday.

East built a 14-point lead in the second half before Middleton rallied.

The Cardinals outscored East 26-17 in the fourth quarter and pulled to within a point but the Purgolders hit a number of key free throws to secure the win.

Middleton ends its season with a 17-6 overall record.

East moves to 17-6 and will play Verona at Sun Prairie Thursday night at 7 in the sectional semifinals.

Local 14-year-old actors to play Romeo and Juliet in shows this weekend and next

Madison College Performing Arts is presenting William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" the next two weekends, with two 14-year-old actors playing the leads, according to a release.

Director Miranda Hawk cast the young actors in hopes of giving a fresh take on the classic play. Romeo and Juliet are often played by adult actors, while Shakespeare wrote Juliet as a 13-year-old.

The majority of other roles will be played by Madison College students and a few community members for older roles.

WATCH: Verona takes first place in Big 8

The Verona boys basketball team defeated Madison East Thursday night to take first place in the Big 8 conference.

WATCH highlights from the game.

East succeeding on and off the court

The Madison East boys basketball team is tied for first place in the Big Eight conference with an 11 and 3 record.

The boys team hasn't won a Big Eight championship since 2009, but with four regular season games left, the Purgolders are tied with Memorial for first this week. 

WATCH the story and see how East's transformation has as much to do with off the court changes as it does with its play on the court. 

 

WATCH: Madison East secures win over La Follette

See highlights from Friday's boys basketball game when Madison East visit La Follette and secured a win.

Final score: 56-50.

Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

The Madison Metropolitan School District will ask voters for $41 million school facilities referendum in April.

A school district official said the school board finalized a project list involving 16 schools during a Monday meeting.

If approved, the money would be used to improve accessibility in 10 schools, add classroom space to five schools and renovate four schools in need of upgrades.

The biggest projects include $8 million in renovations at Jefferson Middle School and $4 million to redo the theater at East High School.

If approved, taxpayers owning an average $237,000 home would pay an additional $62.95 a year in property taxes for 10 years.

"If we can get these addressed not only will we create stronger schools and learning environments for our students, but we will set ourselves up for some long-term facilities planning that will really help bring our vision as a school district to life," MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said.

$78K in grant funding goes toward creative, innovative projects

$78K in grant funding goes toward creative, innovative projects

Grant funding to support creative and innovative projects not funded within the core school budget was approved for 49 Madison schools Tuesday, according to a release.

The Foundation for Madison?s Public Schools approved $78,290 for the grants, officials said. The grants are part of the Foundation?s School Endowment initiative, which is the first of its kind in the country.

?As budgets continue to tighten, the foundation?s role and our community?s support of public education are becoming increasingly important,? FMPS Executive Director Stephanie Hayden said. ?These grants provide the tools and support to enrich education opportunities for the more than 27,000 Madison public school students.?