On Friday, the Madison Metropolitan School District announced that Aldo Leopold Elementary School, located on Madison's southwest side, had been chosen to be one of the district's two community schools starting in the fall. Community schools integrate services like food access, mentoring, family support and health care into the school to serve all students, their families and the surrounding community. Upon the news of being picked for the initiative, Leopold Principal Karine Sloan said in a statement: “Becoming a community school will greatly strengthen our efforts to meet the needs of our families, for whom we have the honor to serve."
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Leopold and Mendota Elementary Schools have been chosen as the first cohort of schools to begin operating as community schools, the Madison Metropolitan School District announced Friday morning.