2011 Operating FundReferendum Preserving the Avon Academic Standard
What is a referendum? An Operating Fund Referendum allows local school districts to request permission through a direct vote to assess additional property taxes.
2 year budget reductions total $4.36 million
How did we do this? In 2010, we added two schools and made dramatic cuts including reducing:
18 teachers – through attrition
1/3 support staff hours
How did we do this... Reduced energy consumption Closed the AISE pool Eliminated summer school Implemented furlough weeks Reduced field trips Employee groups accepted 0% wage increases Other
Enrollment has grown and revenue increases have declined
What is the result? We cannot sustain the current budget. The Avon standard for teaching and learning is threatened.
Avon Schools today…
Student achievement is improving all over the district
Facility needs have been met for the foreseeable future
Enrollment growth has returned to “normal” levels
Our award winning district has become one of the most highly desired districts in the Midwest
In a recent survey of Avon residents…..
A word about property values “8-20% of a home’s value can be tied to the reputation of the school system” (The Journal of Real Estate Research – 2009)
New sources of revenue - community support! $105,000 in grant dollars were found to support programs at ACSC The Avon Education Foundation provided over $57,000 for ACSC programs in 2010
We have reduced the cost of administration in Avon while adding schools
How does Avon compare? Avon ranks 181 out of 333 districts in cost per student Only 6.2¢ of each budget dollar goes to administrative salaries/benefits
School Corporation Debt
Property taxes Property tax bill was lowered by an average of 15.87% in 2009 $0.1705 will add back 10.7% of your property tax bill from this reduction for 2012 School tax portion of your bill would be below 2008 levels
What does this mean to me? Increase of $13.89/month on a $200,000 house Help preserve the Avon standard for teaching and learning
Without this referendum….. One example of cuts…….
Impact to children Larger class sizes at all levels Reduction of programs Extra-curricular Academic Increased usage fees for parents
What do we need from you? Vote YES on May 3 $0.1705 on the property tax rate to raise $3.4 million annually These funds will be used to preserve the Avon standard for teaching and learning
What can you do? Register to vote Deadline Apr 4 indianavoters.in.gov May 3 vote YES in support of the Avon Community and the Avon Referendum question! Absentee voting begins April 4 Help preserve the Avon standard for teaching and learning
For more information Visit us @ www.supportavonchildren.org