CSD 2010 Operating Referendum

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Christina School District
Wilmington/Newark, DE

2010 Operating Referendum
May 25, 2010

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CSD 2010 Operating Referendum

  1. 1. Our Kids − Worth the Investment<br />Christina School District Operating Referendum – May 25, 2010 <br />
  2. 2. Vote May 25<br />The Christina School District will hold an Operating Referendum on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.  <br />The referendum seeks funding to maintain and strengthen instructional and operating funds for the upcoming fiscal year and beyond. <br />
  3. 3. Our Kids – Worth the Investment<br />A Successful Referendum Will Support…<br /><ul><li> Local funding for Full-Day Kindergarten in all schools
  4. 4. Local share for additional positions
  5. 5. Student programs and services
  6. 6. Art, music, and physical education
  7. 7. Textbooks and technology
  8. 8. Middle school sports program
  9. 9. Enhancements to Talented and Gifted programs
  10. 10. School instructional budgets
  11. 11. Rising costs of energy, transportation, and personnel</li></li></ul><li>Christina’s Financial Recovery<br />Christina is a model of fiscal responsibility<br />Christina has gone from a budget deficit in 2006 to annual balanced budgets in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010<br />This has been achieved through improved fiscal management, careful budgeting, community oversight, and good stewardship<br />Christina’s Financial Review Committee is a model for other school districts in the stateImportant Reminders!<br />Funds from a successful Referendum will NOT be used to pay back the loan from the state<br />Christina’s loan obligations have been met annually<br />The final loan payment to the state will be made in 2011<br />
  12. 12. The Impact of Our Financial Challenges<br />School budgets CUT<br />Textbook purchases CUT<br />Student services SCALED BACK<br />Full-Day Kindergarten DELAYED<br />Art, music, and physical education staff REDUCED<br />Maintenance DELAYED<br />Reserve funds REDUCED<br />
  13. 13. Why a Referendum Now?<br />Christina has NOT increased operating taxes since 2003<br /><ul><li> We can no longer run our school district in 2010 with 2003 dollars
  14. 14. Lean budgets following our financial crisis have resulted in schools and athletic fields that are underfunded and in disrepair
  15. 15. Proposed state budget cuts and rising costs will impact Christina’s operating budget by $8.1 million
  16. 16. Christina is the only district in New Castle County that does not offer Full-Day Kindergarten in all schools</li></ul>FACT:Christina is the only taxing entity in the county that has reduced taxes in the last 3 years as bonds have matured.<br />
  17. 17. Why a Referendum Now?<br />Day to Day Costs Continue to Rise<br />How costs have increased since 2003<br />Consumer Price Index – Philadelphia Region<br />FACT:The cost of electricity to power Christina’s schools has risen 29% since 2003.<br />
  18. 18. Why a Referendum Now?<br />Proposed State Cuts Will Cost Christina $6.4 Million<br />Consumer Price Index – Philadelphia Region<br />These Reductions will impact:<br /><ul><li> Staff positions
  19. 19. Transportation
  20. 20. Operating costs
  21. 21. Building maintenance</li></ul>FACT: The state has eliminated funding for Reading Resource teachers serving elementary schools, and Math Resource teachers serving middle schools. <br />
  22. 22. Why a Referendum Now?<br />Increased Local Costs Will be $1.7 Million<br />Consumer Price Index – Philadelphia Region<br />Increases in “Step” Pay for employees<br />Increases in Pension payments + $1,700,000<br /><ul><li> “Step” pay increases compensate our employees as they increase their years of service and experience
  23. 23. Pension payments are determined by the state
  24. 24. Pension costs are rising nationwide</li></ul>FACT:In Delaware, local school districts pay a share of employee costs (approximately 30%) and the state pays a share (approximately 70%). The number of employee “units” that districts “earn” is determined by student enrollment. <br />
  25. 25. Why a Referendum Now?<br />Total Projected Budget Shortfall$8.1 Million<br />Consumer Price Index – Philadelphia Region<br />Proposed State Budget Cuts - $6.4 million<br />Increases in employee “Step” Pay<br />Increases in Pension payments + $1.7 million<br />FACT:The District has not raised operating funds for 7 years. Costs continue to escalate. If Christina must absorb an $8.1 million shortfall, the impact on schools, students, and personnel will be significant.<br />
  26. 26. Why a Referendum Now?<br />What about the $100 million the State received?<br /><ul><li> The $100 million in “Race to the Top” funds Delaware will receive from the Federal government must be spent according to strict guidelines
  27. 27. Christina will only receive a share, to be used over 4 years.
  28. 28. This money CANNOT be used for day-to-day operating costs
  29. 29. This money CANNOT pay for rising utility and personnel costs
  30. 30. This money will NOT cover the $6.4 million in proposed state cuts
  31. 31. This money will NOT allow Christina to delay the referendum.</li></ul>Consumer Price Index – Philadelphia Region<br />
  32. 32. What will the Referendum pay for?<br />How Will Students and Schools Benefit from the Referendum?<br />
  33. 33. What will the Referendum pay for?<br />Full-Day Kindergarten Implemented in every elementary school by 2011<br />Christina remains the only district in New Castle County that has not implemented Full-Day Kindergarten because it cannot pay the local share required to hire teachers<br />Christina now has adequate space to offer Full-Day Kindergarten district-wide<br />With the Referendum, Full-Day Kindergarten will finally be a reality for all Christina families by 2011<br />Without the Referendum Christina will still not have the operating funds necessary to hire the teachers and provide the resources needed for district-wide Full-Day Kindergarten<br />
  34. 34. What will the Referendum pay for?<br />Local share for additional positions<br />With the Referendum, the District could pay the local share of more positions, which could put more teachers and support staff in schools where they are needed<br />Without the Referendum, the District cannot hire additional teachers and staff that might be earned under the new State Staffing Model, because it cannot pay the local share of their salaries<br />
  35. 35. What will the Referendum pay for?<br />Student programs and services<br />With the Referendum, the District can support and expand its programs for students<br />Without the Referendum, student support and behavioral services will be cut due to state and federal reductions<br />Art, Music, Physical Education, and Libraries<br />With the Referendum, staffing levels can be maintained and programs can receive needed support<br />Without the Referendum, Art, Music, Physical Education, and Libraries will face further staff reductions<br />
  36. 36. What will the Referendum pay for?<br />Textbooks and Technology<br />With the Referendum, schools will double the amount spent on textbooks now, and can regularly <br />replenish books, computers and other resources <br />Without the Referendum, schools will continue to face shortages in textbooks, technology, and other instructional materials<br />Consumer Price Index – Philadelphia Region<br />Middle School Sports Program<br />With the Referendum, the District can offer a middle school interscholastic sports program like those in Appoquinimink, Colonial, and Red Clay School Districts <br />Without the Referendum, Christina must delay a middle school sports program<br />
  37. 37. What will the Referendum pay for?<br />Enhancements to Talented <br />and Gifted Programs<br />With the Referendum, enhanced talented and gifted programs can provide more services to more students<br />Without the Referendum, the District will not have the resources to expand or enhance its offerings for gifted students<br />School Instructional Budgets<br />With the Referendum, school budgets can be increased<br />Without the Referendum, schools will face further cuts to their already reduced budgets <br />
  38. 38. What will the Referendum pay for?<br />Rising Costs of Energy, Transportation and Personnel <br />Consumer Price Index – Philadelphia Region<br />With the Referendum, the increasing costs of energy, transportation, and personnel will not have as great an impact on students and schools<br />Without the Referendum, increasing costs will continue to impact students and schools<br />
  39. 39. What are we asking for?<br /> 35 cent increase to the current school tax rate phased in over a three-year period<br />Year One 2010-2011<br />Operating Tax Increases over a three-year period<br />Per $100 of assessed property value<br />Year Two 2011-2012<br />Year Three 2012-2013<br />20 cents<br />8 cents<br />7 cents<br />$10.85 million<br />$4.33 million<br />$3.78 million<br />
  40. 40. What will it cost me?<br />Reminder: a home’s assessed value in New Castle County is a much lower number than the market value<br />A random sample of homes that recently sold for about $200,000 reflect an average assessed value of $62,975<br />Based on an assessed value of $62,975, a resident would pay:<br />
  41. 41. What will it cost me?<br />Calculate Your Taxes Using Our Referendum Tax Calculator tool:www.christina.k12.de.us/Referendum/calculator<br />Senior Citizen Property Tax Credit<br />Senior citizens in Delaware can apply for a tax break that could save them as much as 50% on property taxes they pay to support public schools<br /><ul><li> The tax break is administered by New Castle County, which is reimbursed by the state
  42. 42. The tax credit is given for up to $500
  43. 43. The property must be your primary residence
  44. 44. You must be 65 or older
  45. 45. You must complete a 1-page application
  46. 46. More information is available at the Department of Finance website or by calling the New Castle County Tax Office at 385-5520</li></li></ul><li>The Referendum Ballot<br />Voters will see this ballot when they enter the voting booth:<br />
  47. 47. Where do I vote?<br />Most of Our Schools are Polling Places! Christina residents may vote at any polling place. Polls are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.<br />Bancroft Elementary School<br />Bayard Middle School<br />Brader Elementary School<br />Brookside Elementary School<br />Carvel State Office Building<br />Christiana High School<br />Downes Elementary School<br />Elbert-Palmer Elementary School<br />Gallaher Elementary School<br />Gauger-Cobbs Middle School<br />Glasgow High School<br />Jones Elementary School<br />Keene Elementary School<br />Kirk Middle School<br />Leasure Elementary School<br />Maclary Elementary School<br />Marshall Elementary School<br />McVey Elementary School<br />Newark High School<br />Shue-Medill Middle School<br />West Park Place Elementary School<br />Wilson Elementary School<br />Quaker Hill Place Apartments<br />
  48. 48. Who can vote?<br /><ul><li>You must be a resident of the Christina School District
  49. 49. You must be 18 years old
  50. 50. You must be a U.S. citizen
  51. 51. You DO NOT need to be a registered voter!
  52. 52. You DO NOT need to own property!</li></li></ul><li>To Learn More:<br />Visit Our Website:www.christina.k12.de.us/referendum<br />Call us:552-2670<br />Email us:referendum@christina.k12.de.us<br />
  53. 53. Questions?<br />
  54. 54. Our Kids − Worth the Investment<br />Vote May 25<br />

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