“Upon the subject of education, and not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it,I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.”A B R A H A M L I N C O L N2013 – 2014EDUCATION BUDGET
ADMINISTRATIVE TEAMLynn K. McMullin, SuperintendentColleen Murray, Director of Curriculum &Principal, Mary L. Tracy SchoolKai Graves, Director of Special ServicesKevin McNabola, Business AdministratorMichael Luzzi, Director of FacilitiesEric Carbone, Principal, Peck Place SchoolMichael Gray, Principal, Race Brook SchoolStephen Bergin, Turkey Hill School
SUPERINTENDENT’SLETTER OF TRANSMITTALDear Members of the Orange Community,I am pleased to present to the Board of Finance and the wider community a healthy and responsible budget for theupcoming 2013 – 2014 school year. The main objective of this spending plan is, of course, to maintain a high-qualityeducation for our students, one that is rich in opportunities for their academic, social, and personal success andaccessible to them through safe and nurturing environments. I continue to be disappointed that the current economicclimate, which coupled with a devastating hurricane and an even more devastating tragedy in Newtown, has causedso much local hardship. We kept that in mind as the Board of Education, Administrative Team, and I worked throughso many financial decisions. This budget is responsive to our children’s educational and safety needs, to the demandsof a 21st Century skill-set, to our investment in our buildings and infrastructure, to the staff and their ongoingprofessional development, as well as to the constraints of these difficult times. Thus, the budget for the 2013-2014year is $18,350,055, which represents an increase of 3.3%The 2013-2014 budget moves the district forward in several key areas of growth: technology, security, andprofessional development. It meets the unfunded mandates associated with the new educator evaluationrequirements. In addition, we negotiated four contracts in the past six months, and this budget meets all of thosecontractual obligations. At the same time, this budget recognizes factors such as lower enrollments and opportunitiesfor savings in utilities and service contracts. Implicit in the reductions we have outlined is a restructuring of ourprograms, instruction, and support services. The conversations have been deep and meaningful, and the leadershipteam and Board of Education are confident in the course of action presented here.“It‟s our investments in education that pay the best interest.”
It should be noted that we faced two significant realities. The first was that, with the previous year’s reductions instaffing and the consolidating of two positions at the Central Office level, we had already trimmed the personnelbudget close to the bone. This year two additional positions were reduced; but there remain few line items to cut. Thesecond is that the previous five year’s budgets had been responsible to the economic crises, with increases of only 0 –1%; and as a result, many important updates to the curriculum, buildings, and systems have been unfavorablyneglected. We are a turning point now, and merely meeting our contractual increases and paying our bills cannot beour only goals for the future when our town’s prestige and property values are inextricably linked to the quality of ourschools. It is easy to be a visionary leader when economic times are abundantly good, but true vision fosters acommitment to investing in education especially when times are difficult.So, what are those investments? First, we have maintained the smaller class sizes that have become the hallmark ofthis district, acknowledging they are smaller than is typical in other communities. Second, we have supportedtechnological investments which will bring the district closer to the one-to-one ratio needed for the Smarter Balancetesting in 2015 and closer to the 21st century instructional models which engage students in skills and understandingsthey will soon need for their world of work, not ours. Third, we have included a sum of money earmarked for theadditional security projects we may uncover as more information comes to us from those who, in the wake of SandyHook, are engaged in the study of new prevention measures! Finally, we have included the professional developmentwe will need to implement the unfunded state-mandated teacher and administrator evaluation plans and thechangeover to the Common Core Standards in Language Arts.Respectfully submitted,Lynn K. McMullinSuperintendent of Schools“Education is more than a luxury; it is a responsibility that society owes to itself.”
The Orange Elementary School District recognizesthat the education of each child is the sharedresponsibility of every member of ourcommunity.Our goal is to inspire and empower each student toachieve academic excellence, embrace socialand individual responsibility, and lead withintegrity. We believe all individuals should bevalued and treated with respect.OUR MISSION
WE ARE COMMITED TO:• Providing powerful academic challenges• Respecting individual and community values• Nurturing personal growth• Taking pride in our children and celebrating theirsuccesses• Promoting school and community spirit• Enhancing lifelong learning through technology• Believing all children deserve a childhood• Creatively, confidently building the futureTogether we will make a difference.
TWO CORE BELIEFS …IN PRESENTING THIS BUDGETThat merely meeting our contractual increases and payingour bills cannot be our only goals for the future when ourtown’s prestige and property values are inextricably linkedto the quality of our schools and our own futures areinextricably linked to the preparation of our students.That it is easy to be a visionary leader when economictimes are abundantly good; but true vision, and truecourage, fosters a commitment to investing in educationespecially when times are difficult. If I can foster thatvision and commitment, I will have succeeded.
CONTENT AREA2006% of Grade 6 atGOAL2011% of Grade 6 atGOAL2012% of Grade 6 atGOALMATH 78.2% 93.4% 92.4%READING 79.7% 91.2% 91.2%WRITING 77.8% 87.1% 87.2%2012 – 2013 SUCCESS STORIES:ACADEMICSOver the past five to six years, test scores have improved. Below you cansee scores at Goal. In 2012, we began tracking the Advanced band: 60%scored Adv. In Math, 41% SCORED Adv. In Reading, and 46% scored Adv. InWriting.
YEARMATHEMATICSDRG B RankREADINGDRG B RankWRITINGDRG B Rank2006 12th of 21 18th of 21 17th of 212011 3rd of 21 6th of 21 4th of 212012 4th of 21 1st of 21 8th of 212012 – 2013 SUCCESS STORIES: ACADEMICSA renewed focus on differentiating for students at the upper Advanced bandshould maintain and strengthen Orange‟s position at the top of our DRG.However, teachers in Orange have maintained their focus on meaningful,rigorous project-based learning, as well. A new Math curriculum has astrong problem-solving component.
2012 – 2013 SUCCESS STORIES: COMMUNICATIONS• Implementation of a new webpage at oess.org.o Improved first impression and created focus on childreno All previous content was reformatted and moved to new siteo New content was addedo Up-to-date, trustworthy calendaro Regularly updated district newso Added „news bite‟ pop-upso Virtual backpack for each schoolo RSS-feedo „Search‟ featureo SlideShare reportso Superintendent‟s Blog
2012 – 2013 SUCCESS STORIES: COMMUNICATIONS• Implementation of a new webpage at oess.org.August 2012 - March 10, 2013• 75,500 visits to the site• 22,000 unique visits• 96% view in English• #of pages per visit: 4.4• Peaks:o First day of school: 3,350 visitso Hurricane Sandy: 4,400 visitso February snow storm: 4,300SlideShare: 3,368 views“Security Presentation” = 108 views in February –March
2012 – 2013 SUCCESS STORIES: COMMUNICATIONS• Conducted satisfaction surveys ofparents, staff, and students in Grade2, 4, and 6o Strategic Planning Committeedeveloped a 3-year plano Administrative Team analyzedresultso Schools set improvement goals• Special Education conductedsatisfaction survey and reported onresults
• Implementation of the new math curriculum, Math Expressions• Built capacity for adoption of the Common Core Standards inLanguage Arts and Math• Expansion of Accelerated Reader to Peck Place and Race Brook• Implementation of Dreambox Math(Scientifically Researched-Based Intervention – SRBI)• Multiple pilots of additional math tools• Implementation of Lexia (SRBI)2012 – 2013 SUCCESS STORIES: CURRICULUM
2012 – 2013 SUCCESS STORIES: CURRICULUM• Development of Common Assessments in Specials (Art, Music, PE,Library, WL)• Implemented „Student Success Plans‟ using Naviance in Grade 6• Provided TEAM workshops to support new teachers• Expanded ELL program to meet needs (18 to 41 students)• Developed a standards-based report card in PowerSchool for fall 2013
• Expanded the Instrumental Music Program to include morestudents, more grades, more performances• Implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions andSupports at Race Brook and Turkey Hill• Piloting the SBAC Test at Peck Place and Race Brook• Administered the NEAP Test at Race Brook (randomlyselected)2012 – 2013 SUCCESS STORIES: PROGRAMS• Wrote a new Teacher EvaluationPlan to meet state mandate
• Established a full-time, two-person Technology Department• Inventoried equipment and developed a short-term and long-termreplacement and maintenance plan• Recycled outdated equipment2012 – 2013 SUCCESS STORIES: TECHNOLOGY• Installed 2 COWS (Computers-on-Wheels) per school• Installed iPad cart at MLT• Began the implementation ofPowerSchool for August 2013
• Negotiated a contract for increased bandwidth for fiber-optics• Completed a printer analysis of 168 devices; developed a plan tosave $18,000 which was reinvested into better technology• Upgraded the email system from antiquated undersized system toa free cloud-based solution• Upgraded the wireless and wired networks• Supported Security Plan with state-of-the art technologieso ID badges, card readers, visitor management, cameras2012 – 2013 SUCCESS STORIES: TECHNOLOGY
• Prepared five key facilities projects for Bond Package• Planned a responsible and comprehensive Security Plan forBond Package• Secured and recovered from two significant weather events• Restored Mary L. Tracy meeting room• Secured Natural Gas hook-ups for Turkey Hill and Race Brook• Implemented removal of unsafe appliances from classrooms(safety/energy savings)2012 – 2013 SUCCESS STORIES: FACILITIES• Replaced main stage curtainsat Turkey Hill
2012 – 2013 SUCCESS STORIES: FINANCIAL• Negotiated four contracts: custodial, cafeteria,teacher, paraprofessionals• Negotiated gas energy savings of $18,000• Completed RFPs and ED-049 Application forBonded Projects; ongoing bond application work• Implemented 0-based budgeting, consolidatedbudget lines, allocated expenses to properaccounts• Implemented energy-conservation projects with UI(interior and exterior lighting)
THE 2013 – 2014 BUDGET…meeting our contractual increases and paying our bills cannotbe our only goals for the future… it’s easy when times are abundantly good; but takes couragewhen times are difficult.This Budget:• 0-Based Budgeting• Maintains the smaller class sizes = hallmark of the community• Supports technological investments = bring us closer to 1:1 needed forSBAC and 21st century instructional models• Meets the unfunded mandates of TEVAL• Meets our contractual obligations• Modestly addresses changes in school security
2013-2014 GOAL #1: TECHNOLOGY• Implementation of PowerSchool, new student informationsystem with a Parent Portal• Secure district servers in locked, air-conditioned racks• Replace desk-top printers with multi-function copiers• Create an automated, searchable, on-line BOE Policy Manual• Improve connectivity among schools• Additional laptops for student use• Replace old CRT monitors with LCDmonitors (significant energy savings)
2013-2014 GOAL #2: EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS• Meet mandate for 18-hour „calibration training; and 7-hour„qualification testing‟ for supervisors for Teacher EvaluationPlan (TEVAL)• Implement Language Arts Common Core Standards• Provide curriculum and meet therequirements for services in aburgeoning ELL program (18 studentsin 2011 to 41 students in 2012)• Provide security monitors for allafterschool activities and programs
DISTRICT CLASS SIZES OVER TIMEThese three charts show DRG A and DRG B data from the October 1, 2010, Strategic School Profiles (SSP), the last published reports available.This projection assumes none of these other districts increased their class sizes over the past three years. To the data, "Orange 2013" wasadded based on the projected 2013 Class Sizes. As evidenced, class sizes have not risen over time.Sorted smallest to largest by Grade K Sorted smallest to largest by Grade 2 Sorted smallest to largest by Grade 5
2013- 2014 PROJECTED CLASS SIZE: MLTSchool Projected Population Projected Class SizeDistrict Total 1198Mary L. Tracy –Kindergarten / Pre-K146 (8)24 Pre-K (2)Current Actual = 154 / 19Prediction = 126 / 2515/16 (K)12 (pre-K)Race BrookCurrent Actual = 374Prediction = 373Turkey HillCurrent Actual = 321Prediction = 302Peck PlaceCurrent Actual = 383Prediction = 372
2013- 2014 PROJECTED CLASS SIZE: RBSSchool Projected Population Projected Class SizeDistrict Total 1198Mary L. Tracy Kindergarten 126 / 25 Pre-KRace Brook 373Grade 1 56 (3) 18/19Grade 2 51 (3) 17Grade 3 58 (3) 19/20Grade 4 70 (4) 17/18Grade 5 64 (4) 16Grade 6 74 (4) 18/19Turkey Hill 302Peck Place 372Reduction of one position
2013- 2014 PROJECTED CLASS SIZE: THSSchool Projected Population Projected Class SizeDistrict Total 1198Mary L. Tracy Kindergarten 126 / 25 Pre-KRace Brook 373Turkey Hill 302Grade 1 46 (3) 15/16Grade 2 50 (3) 16/17Grade 3 45 (3) 15Grade 4 52 (3) 17/18Grade 5 59 (3) 19/20Grade 6 50 (3) 16/17Peck Place 372
2013- 2014 PROJECTED CLASS SIZE: PPSSchool Projected PopulationProjected ClassSizeDistrict Total 1198Mary L. Tracy Kindergarten 126 / 25 Pre-KRace Brook 373Turkey Hill 302Peck Place 377Grade 1 58 (3) 19/20Grade 2 59 (3) 19/20Grade 3 59 (3) 19/20Grade 4 74 (4) 18Grade 5 53 (3) 17/18Grade 6 69 (4) 17/18Reduction of one position
ADDITIONS OVER 12 - 13 BUDGET• 1.75% -- Overall contractual increase, OTL• $125,000 – Employee Benefits• $16,500 – Transportation• $90,000 – Special Educationo $10,000 – Expand Lexia to SE studentso $40,000 – Special Education services, basedon IEPs and tuition increaseso $26,000 – Contractual increases
ADDITIONS OVER 12 - 13 BUDGET• $52,200 -- School Security Monitors• 2:00 – 9:00 p.m.• all schools• partially off-set by 21st Century• $12,000 -- Reinstate CABE Membership andset-up on-line BOE policy service• $72,000 -- .5 ELL Teacher; .16 Language ArtsCurriculum Specialist at MLT; .70 BandTeacher• $23,000 -- 2 Reading Aides moved into BOEoperating budget from grant
ADDITIONS OVER 12 - 13 BUDGET• $35,000 – PowerSchool, additional Lexia seats, Dreambox,TEVAL software• $20,000 – iPad learning labs at three* elementary schools(*funded, along with SmartBoards, at MLT through pre-K tuitions)• $20,000 – Security upgrades; technology, software, equipment• $7,000 – Expand Special Education summer school to include1.5 hours in both reading and math (vs. either/or)
DECREASES FROM 12 - 13 BUDGET• - $93,000 – 2.0 classroom teachers; PeckPlace and Race Brook• - $20,000 -- .5 World Language teacher• - $12,000 – Curriculum Budget: testing, LAimplemented without purchase• - $73,200 –Substitute costs (new PD model)• - $47,000 – Heat (conversion to gas)• $0 – 1.5 FTE: one SE paraprofessional ateach school will be re-trained in ESL(reduction /addition)
SUMMARY OF TOTAL REQUEST 2011 - 2012 Expended Budget:$17,478,076 2012-2013 Approved Budget:$17,766,888 2013-2014 Proposed Budget:$18,250,055 Difference: $483,167 Difference in percent: + 2.7%
THIS YEARs BUDGET:Oranges proposed increase for thisyear is 2.7%, 58th among 75 districts.The average proposed increase was4.0%. The high was 8.3%(Colchester). The low was .7%(Woodbridge).The average adopted increase thisyear -- among the 51 districts whohave adopted budgets -- is 3.7%.The high is 8.3% (East Haddam, theBOE increased .9% over theproposed). The low is .5% (Redding).Top ½ of the chart
Bottom ½ of the chartAverage % Over Last TWO years:Over the past two years, theaverage increase among districts is2.8%.The high is East Haddam at 6.4%average. The low is Region #1 at.3%.If adopted, Oranges average overthe two years will be 1.9% (basedon 1% last year, 2.7 % this year).This would rank 41st among the 51schools with adopted budgets thusfar.
2-YEAR AVERAGE INCREASE (WITH 2.7% APPROVED)0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%6.0%7.0%EastHaddamEastHartfordEllingtonNewingtonDarienAnsoniaDanburyRockyHillEastHavenBethelPublicNewCanaanBrookfieldSouthingtonCoventryColchesterFairfieldManchesterNewtownTollandCanterburyGuilfordSouthWindsorWestportRidgefieldCheshireSheltonSomersSalemBranfordFarmingtonEnfieldWoodbridgeTrumbullBethanySeymourMadisonMilfordAvonEastLymeOrangeRegional#06PutnamWindsorSimsburyEastonWestonOxfordPlainvilleReddingRegionalDRG BOrange
CONCLUSIONS• The 2.7% increase requested this year is wellwithin the bottom half of reporting districts.• This 2.7% follows a five-year pattern of 1.0% ofbelow increases:• This budget finally goes beyond meetingcontractual increases and paying the bills.• Other districts are taking that „leap of faith‟ andinvesting in education this year.% Year0.9 2009-101.0 2010-110.6 2011-121.0 2012-132.7 2013-141.2 5 years