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  • Spring09 D6 Financial And Program Needs

    1. 1. Citizens’ Blue Ribbon Panel A Review of Introductory Meetings November 2008 – January 2009 Dr. Ranelle Lang, Superintendent Mr. Wayne Eads, Chief Operations Officer (Statistical Data Revised, January 2009)
    2. 2. The Purpose of the Panel <ul><li>Continue community conversation and build on feedback gathered thus far </li></ul><ul><li>Assist District 6 staff with their moral and professional responsibility to provide the best education possible </li></ul><ul><li>Consider community expectations </li></ul>
    3. 3. District 6 Profile and Basic Facts 19,284 students 38 facilities 101 portable classrooms 2,307 employees
    4. 4. Our Schools <ul><li>15 elementary schools </li></ul><ul><li>2 K-8 schools </li></ul><ul><li>5 middle schools </li></ul><ul><li>3 high schools </li></ul><ul><li>4 alternative schools </li></ul><ul><li>3 charter schools </li></ul><ul><li>2 contracted or state-run facilities </li></ul>
    5. 5. Scope of Operations <ul><li>Every day we have almost 22,000 people involved in our operations </li></ul><ul><li>Our students eat 2 million school meals a year </li></ul><ul><li>8,000 students per day ride our school buses, which travel more than 1 million miles over the course of a year </li></ul><ul><li>We have 5,000 computers and 3,000 extensions on our phone/data network </li></ul>
    6. 6. The State of the District Our Celebrations <ul><li>Increased student achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Removed from Academic Watch </li></ul><ul><li>Launched a district-wide continuous improvement process </li></ul><ul><li>Created and followed-through with a bold strategic plan </li></ul><ul><li>Earned numerous awards for achievement </li></ul>
    7. 7. The State of the District Our Celebrations <ul><li>Increased student achievement </li></ul>
    8. 8. The State of the District Our Celebrations 110 strategic plan action steps 92% are complete or ongoing 8% being worked on this year
    9. 9. The approaching storms <ul><li>Increasing Accountability </li></ul>Rising Expectations and Competition Lack of Money
    10. 10. The State of the District Storm 1: Increasing Accountability <ul><li>Federal: No Child Left Behind and Adequate Yearly Progress </li></ul><ul><li>State: Accreditation </li></ul><ul><li>District: Comprehensive Accountability System, Achievement Gaps </li></ul><ul><li>School: School Accreditation System </li></ul>
    11. 11. The State of the District Storm 2: Rising Expectations and Competition <ul><li>Parents and students are seeking expanded choices and services </li></ul><ul><li>Trend of academic improvement must continue </li></ul>
    12. 12. Community Expectations are Growing <ul><li>Curriculum and textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Computers other technology </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized programs: alternative schools, IB, AP & CTE </li></ul><ul><li>Safety and security </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>and other areas </li></ul>
    13. 13. The State of the District Storm 3: Lack of Money <ul><li>Financial resources do not match current or future needs and expectations </li></ul>
    14. 14. Financial Storm <ul><li>170 th </li></ul>Question: Of the 178 school districts in Colorado, where do we rank in total funding per student?
    15. 15. General Fund Revenue <ul><li>Our general operating fund revenue is controlled by the State. Currently: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>25% comes from Greeley-Evans </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Specific ownership taxes (vehicle registration) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local property taxes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>75% comes from State Equalization funds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>A mill levy override supplements the general fund and is not controlled by the State. </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike our neighbors, School District 6 has no mill levy override. </li></ul>
    16. 16. MLOs around Greeley-Evans: amount per student, every year Greeley- Evans: $0 Eaton: $710 Gilcrest-LaSalle- Platteville: $1,124 Loveland: $969 Johnstown-Milliken: $174 Fort Lupton: $1,155 Windsor: $692 Keenesburg: $609 St. Vrain: $690 2008-09 data Fort Collins: $773
    17. 17. 2008-09 data District State Funding Per Student Mill Levy Override Funding Per Student Total Weld County Re-8 Fort Lupton $7,022 $1,155 $8,177 Weld County Re-1 Gilcrest, La Salle, Platteville $6,891 $1,124 $8,015 Thompson Loveland, Berthoud $6,554 $969 $7,523 St. Vrain Longmont, Firestone, Frederick $6,777 $690 $7,467 Weld County Re-2 Eaton $6,703 $710 $7,413 Weld County Re-3J Keenesburg $6,759 $609 $7,368 Poudre Fort Collins $6,554 $773 $7,327 Weld County Re-4 Windsor $6,554 $692 $7,246 Weld County 6 Greeley, Evans $6,732 $0 $6,732 Weld County Re-5J Johnstown, Milliken $6,554 $174 $6,728
    18. 18. MLOs + per-pupil funding 2008-09 data
    19. 20. Where is our revenue spent? This container represents our general operating fund Our general operating fund for the current fiscal year is $128,334,016
    20. 21. Expenditures The vast majority of the budget is spent on employee salaries and benefits. Everything else (utilities, fuel, textbooks, etc.) makes up just 13% of the budget. 13% 87% Utilities, fuel, textbooks, etc. People (salaries and benefits)
    21. 22. Expenditures Utilities 32% Professional fees 4% Other 5% Repairs, maint. & equipment 5% Textbooks 6% Computers and technology 6% Tuition 9% Purchased services 12% Supplies, postage, printing, etc. 21% 13% 87% Utilities, fuel, textbooks, etc. People (salaries and benefits)
    22. 23. Expenditures Teachers 71% Instructional aides 5% Bus/Facilities staff 8% Principals 6% Office/Support staff 4% Professional staff 3% Administrators 3% 13% 87% Utilities, fuel, textbooks, etc. People (salaries and benefits)
    23. 24. Higher Costs = Forced Choices If costs increase in any area, some other cost area must be reduced in order to make room. Purchased Items Teachers Instructional aides Bus/Facilities staff Principals Office/Support staff Professional staff Administrators
    24. 25. Forced Choices in 2008-09 <ul><li>Fewer people (central administrators, teachers, classified staff, non-classroom substitutes) </li></ul><ul><li>Less technology </li></ul><ul><li>Limited textbooks, school materials and supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Less classified overtime </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller raises for support staff and administrators than teachers </li></ul>
    25. 26. Forced Choices in 2009-10 <ul><li>If nothing changes… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>will have to make cuts to purchased items, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and/or eliminate or reduce programs, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and/or reduce staff. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community choice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Should we reduce programs, materials or staff? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should we maintain programs, materials or staff? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should we enhance programs, materials or staff? </li></ul></ul>
    26. 27. <ul><li>Increasing Accountability </li></ul>Rising Expectations and Competition Lack of Money
    27. 28. Process and Timelines
    28. 29. <ul><li>Dozens of citizen volunteers who are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewing district programs and areas of need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewing costs and expenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asking questions, seeking clarification, being critics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prioritizing the areas of need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommending course of action to the Board of Education in August 2009 </li></ul></ul>
    29. 30. <ul><li>Areas being studied, based on community and staff feedback: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student and Teacher Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety and Security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Programs: Co-Curricular and Extracurricular </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operations, Facilities and Transportation </li></ul></ul>
    30. 31. <ul><li>Some of the items being reviewed by the Academic Programs committee: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase program offerings for students, including International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Counseling services at all schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase technology access and use in the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full-day kindergarten and preschool for all students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career and Technical Education (CTE) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Estimated “100% costs”: $24,409,350 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    31. 32. <ul><li>Some of the items being reviewed by the Co/Extracurricular committee: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>After-school program for all students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soccer program for Middle School students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upgrades to athletic equipment and facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equitable athletic and fine arts offerings to all students at all schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upgrades to fine arts equipment and facilities (i.e. band uniforms, instruments) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Estimated “100% costs”: TBD </li></ul></ul></ul>
    32. 33. <ul><li>Some of the items being reviewed by the Student/Teacher Resources committee: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Textbooks for all students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate intervention materials and consumables for all students (workbooks, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional classroom aides for students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate materials and technology resources in every classroom (whiteboards, overheads, LCDs, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Estimated “100% costs”: $19,808,366 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    33. 34. <ul><li>Some of the items being reviewed by the Safety/Security committee: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Campus monitors for all schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video cameras for security monitoring of all entrances </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety lighting on campuses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parking lot updates and traffic flow support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crossing guards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Estimated “100% costs”: $709,500 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    34. 35. <ul><li>Some of the items being reviewed by the Operations/Facilities/Transportation committee: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Updates to schools and district buildings to ensure safety of students and staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replace portable buildings with appropriate classrooms for student learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide lockers for middle school students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide district-wide transportation for field trips and special programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Estimated “100% costs”: $38,661,384 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    35. 36. <ul><li>Timeline: </li></ul><ul><li>Now through April </li></ul><ul><ul><li>committees review and prioritize areas of need </li></ul></ul><ul><li>April </li></ul><ul><ul><li>committees present their findings and priorities to full CBRP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CBRP citizen leadership begins narrowing focus on highest priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CBRP begins drafting advisory recommendation to Board of Education </li></ul></ul>
    36. 37. <ul><li>Timeline: </li></ul><ul><li>May </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CBRP finishes draft of advisory recommendation to Board of Education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>May and June </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CBRP citizen leadership gathers community feedback on draft recommendations, adjusts draft as needed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>July </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CBRP citizen leadership gives final draft to BOE </li></ul></ul>
    37. 38. <ul><li>Timeline: </li></ul><ul><li>July </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CBRP citizen leadership gives final advisory recommendation to BOE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>August </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BOE takes action on recommendations </li></ul></ul>
    38. 40. Frequently Asked Questions regarding mill levy overrides
    39. 41. Don’t we already have a mill levy? <ul><li>The current mill levy goes into the state equalization fund. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>25% comes from Greeley-Evans </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Specific ownership taxes (vehicle registration) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local property taxes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>75% comes from State Equalization funds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Mill levy override dollars stay in our community. </li></ul>
    40. 42. What is a mill levy? <ul><li>“ Mill” does not mean a million </li></ul><ul><li>“ Mill” comes from the Latin “mille” which means one thousand. </li></ul><ul><li>So a “mill levy” in tax language is a tax of one/one thousandth of the value of something </li></ul>
    41. 43. What is a mill levy override ? <ul><li>The State sets the funding formula for K-12 districts. </li></ul><ul><li>Local K-12 districts can vote to tax themselves at a higher rate than the State formula. </li></ul><ul><li>If local taxpayers approve a tax rate higher than the State formula, they “override” the State formula and provide more funding for the education of their children. </li></ul>
    42. 44. How much does a mill cost a homeowner? One mill costs the owner of a $100,000 home 67 cents per month.
    43. 45. Show me the math! <ul><li>The assessor sends every homeowner a Notice of Valuation . </li></ul><ul><li>This sets the actual value of a home (this is not the market value, but should be close). </li></ul><ul><li>This notice also tells you what percent of the actual value will be subject to property tax. Currently that percent is 7.96%. </li></ul>
    44. 46. Tax Process <ul><li>The assessor also sends the Real Estate Property Tax Notice . </li></ul><ul><li>This notice actually shows the calculation for your property tax bill. </li></ul><ul><li>The actual value is multiplied by the assessment percentage to find the assessed value. </li></ul>
    45. 47. If Actual Value = $100,000 <ul><li>Taxable value = 7.96% of $100,000 </li></ul><ul><li>= $7,960 </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of one mill = $7,960/1,000 </li></ul><ul><li>= $7.96 per year </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly cost per mill = $7.96/12 = $.67 </li></ul><ul><li>= $.67 per month </li></ul>
    46. 48. The Actual Cost of a Mill <ul><li>A $200,000 average home: Mill cost $1.34 per month </li></ul><ul><li>15 mill on a $200,000 home: $20.10 per month </li></ul><ul><li>Yearly cost on a $200,000 home: $241.20 or: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Starbucks Venti Mocha per week (estimated cost $4.20) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 trip to McDonalds per month for a family of 4 (estimated cost $20) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 music CDs per month (each CD costs approximately $12) </li></ul></ul>
    47. 49. Does an MLO Affect Businesses? <ul><li>Yes, business properties are assessed at a higher rate, currently 29%. </li></ul><ul><li>The math process is the same. </li></ul><ul><li>15 mills on a $1 million business property would cost a business owner: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$362.50 per month or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$4,350 per year. </li></ul></ul>
    48. 50. Does an MLO Affect Senior Citizens? <ul><li>Senior Homestead Exemption </li></ul><ul><li>If you meet the criteria, 50% of the first $200,000 of actual value of residential property is exempt from taxation. </li></ul><ul><li>A property owner must be 65 years old and have owned and occupied the property as a primary residence for the last 10 years. </li></ul><ul><li>This exemption is contingent on yearly funding from the Colorado Legislature. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is currently funded and in full effect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There have been prior years where the exemption was not funded by the legislature and the exemption was suspended. </li></ul></ul>
    49. 51. How Much Revenue Does a Mill Generate? <ul><li>Considering the overall assessed value in Weld County, right now one mill would generate approximately $1 million for Weld County School District 6. </li></ul><ul><li>If property values decline, the revenue generated would go down as well. </li></ul>
    50. 52. What about charter schools? <ul><li>State law does not require charters to be included. Each community makes its own decision. </li></ul><ul><li>In some communities they have been included and in some they have not. This will be some of the work of the CBRP. </li></ul><ul><li>Generally, the details of charter participation are outlined in contracts with the district. </li></ul><ul><li>Interest and support of the MLO is created through knowledge and conversation. </li></ul>
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