Superintendent's Report to BOE 11.18.2013

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  • There is a significant decrease in kindergarten enrollment this year and projected for next year.The 2012-2013 Kindergarten class (last year’s class) was larger than we anticipated. We budgeted for 145 children, and we had 158 largely due to an increase of 11 children over the summer who additionally were ELL students. This year’s class of students were born in 2008, which marked a significant decrease (30 children) in the birth rate in Orange.In additional, due to people moving into Orange, there had generally been a 45% - 50% increase in kindergarten population over the birth rate.Going forward, based on the birth rate for Orange in 2009, and using 40% as an average increase (higher than the actual % increase last year, but in keeping with previous years), we can anticipate another significant decrease in kindergarten population.
  • Superintendent's Report to BOE 11.18.2013

    1. 1. Superintendent’s Report November 18, 2013
    2. 2. • Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro -Keynote Speaker • Students participated in a „good deeds‟ bingo card challenge and raised $780 for „House of Heroes‟ • Slide show honoring the school‟s Veterans
    3. 3. VETERANS DAY: PECK PLACE • Coffee and… • Vocal Concert • “Service Medley” • 2 student speakers • Student Council raised $386 with ribbon sale -donated to VFW. • Teachers, “Jeans for Troops,” raised $200+.
    4. 4. VETERANS DAY: TURKEY HILL • Beautifully decorated path… • Presented each Veteran with a certificate • Student speakers • “Proud to be an American”… „Stand up!‟
    5. 5. ORCHESTRA Stats by Year Beginners Total Beginners 78 54 71 83 95 96 162 149 167 Advanced Total Advanced Total
    6. 6. BAND Stats by Year Beginners Total Beginners 50 37 86 73 82 24 21 51 110 94 133 Advanced Total Advanced Total 50 37
    7. 7. Why is this important?  Research supports music in the elementary grades    Greater observable physical development in the brain after 2 years of music training 27% higher standardized math scores For student who stick with music, 63 points higher verbal and 44 points higher math … SAT scores (College Board)  Closes gaps  Affects all students, regardless of their ethnicity, “at-risk” status, or socio-economic background
    8. 8. Why is this important?
    9. 9. Needs for Memorial Day Parade     Full uniforms? Partial uniforms, as in blouses or jackets with black pants? T-shirts and black pants… or jeans? Some marching instruments – i.e. light-weight drums with neck straps
    10. 10. RFP Walk-Throughs at Turkey Hill and Race Brook
    11. 11. First LEGO League This year's theme is “Nature's Fury”  Each of the 3 teams:   Chose a community that could experience a natural disaster  Researched problems with that disaster  Created an innovative solution  Programmed new EV3 robots -- navigate around tree debris… locate batteries, flashlights, radios  Shelton High School on November 23rd.
    12. 12. Two 21st Century Winners in “Lights On After School”   The CT After School Network poster competition. Each winner is receiving a check for $25 and a congratulatory letter. Carsten Fielosh, Grade 6 Race Brook Marin Cunningham, Grade 3 Peck Place
    13. 13. Historical and Projected Kindergarten Enrollments Birth Year # of Births Kindergarten Year # Kindergarten % Increase 2000 106 2005 163 + 54% 2001 106 2006 168 + 58% 2002 114 2007 170 + 49% 2003 122 2008 162 + 33% 2004 118 2009 162 + 37% 2005 91 2010 144 + 58% 2006 101 2011 146 + 45% 2007 107 2012 158 + 47% 2008* 77* 2013* 106* + 37% 2009+ 66+ 2014+ (93)+ (+ 40%) 2010 69 2015 (96) (+ 40%) 2011 96 2016 (134) (+ 40%) 2012 95 2017 (133) (+ 40%)
    14. 14. Why is this important?  Long-term vs. short-term planning     106 students in kindergarten this year; 7 sections = 13 - 14 students per class Divided into 3 first grades in the elementary schools next year; 6 sections = 17 students per class Approximately 95 kindergarteners next year; 6 sections = 15 – 16 students per class Teaching assignments and preparations   These small classes will track all the way through the grades Changing teachers from one grade-level to the next
    15. 15. CABE / CAPSS Convention: November 14 - 17    “Keeping Focus on Student Growth in a Time of Rapid Change” Janet Robinson, Superintendent of the Year Recent Legislative Policies – overwhelming?     15 major changes Childhood obesity and exercise; recess & food -rewards & discipline School Safety & Security Committees Template to submit plans to DESPP, based on DESPP standards (Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection)
    16. 16. CABE / CAPSS Convention: November 14 - 17  Recent Legislative Policies    Mental first aid training, train-the-trainer model, by July 2014 All K – 3 teachers must participate in a Reading Survey (not test) – survey results = professional development for teachers Cannot use PowerSchool reminders for voting – only a town-wide system… only the First Selectman
    17. 17. CABE / CAPSS Convention: November 14 - 17  Governor was a guest speaker      Yes – funding all of the submitted technology projects at the construction rate Determined by town wealth, 20% - 80% sliding scale Orange = 36.43% Crisis Communications Nutmeg Board of Education  Erroneously dealt with some of the new legislation
    18. 18. OVERALL OBJECTIVE: 0-based budgeting, lowest possible tax increase 1 2 Develop Departmental School Budgets December 3 Grand List Forecast January 4 Work to Finalize Budgets February/March Present to BOF March • Report from Director of Finance / Town Assessor • “Estimate % of grand list growth” • Any increase in spending over & above 0.5% would result in tax increases on a “1-for-1” basis. page 24
    19. 19. Town of Orange, CT BUDGET SUMMARY, FY 2012 - 2013 FY 2012-13 FY 2013-14 Adopted Total Budget Board of Finance Approved TOWN BUDGET $20,748,073 Orange Public Schools Amity Regional Schools Amount CHANGE % CHANGE $21,510,889 $762,816 3.7% $17,766,888 $18,250,055 $483,167 2.7% $20,687,700 $21,602,722 $915,022 4.4% Amity-School Resource Officer $40,290 $41,500 $1,210 3.0% Total Budget $59,242,951 $61,405,166 $2,162,215 3.6% Budget Component Town Budget Hearing page 25
    20. 20. DESCRIPTION 2012-2013 Budget 2013-2014 Proposed Increase/ (Decrease) $486,660 $566,288 16.4% $6,364,736 $6,388,781 0.4% Non-Certified Staff $547,795 $596,206 8.8% Special Education $3,157,784 $3,267,725 3.4% $735,607 $752,094 2.2% $3,398,057 $3,523,093 3.7% Curriculum & Professional Development $349,075 $337,293 -3.4% Instructional Programs $558,976 $640,030 14.5% $1,456,787 $1,475,280 1.3% Property/Liability Insurance $101,850 $101,850 0% Building Principals $384,879 $388,728 1% Technology (and Other) $270,127 $338,695 25.4% TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET $17,766,888 $18,250,055 2.7% Central Office Classroom Teachers Pupil Transportation Employee Benefits Building Operations
    21. 21. Orange Education Budget Key Budget Drivers 2013-14 Baseline Budget $18,250,055 Avg. % Increase over 5 years 1.2% Budget (MM) % Increase 15 20 $17.8M $17.2M $17.3M 10 $17.5M 5 0.9% 1.0% 0.6% 1.0% 2.7% 15 0 2010 Risks : $18.3M Security Monitors Mold Remediation Pension Contributions Special Ed-Grants Contractual Salaries - $71,169 - $45,964 - $16,200 - $14,615 - $26,209 - $174,157 2011 2012 2013 2014 FY ENDING Opportunities: Infrastructure Upgrades Funded by Bond: Turkey Hill Boiler Race Brook Boiler Peck Roof Turkey Hill Roof Race Brook Roof Security Upgrades $627,000 $1,330,849 $1,796,961 $791,526 $697,207 $808,476 Teacher Salaries Contractual Salaries + $122,500 + $62,993 + $185,493
    22. 22. Board of Ed Cost Savings Analysis: Reliant Energy Electricity Demand 1,378,947kwh x 0.0965 = $133,068 = Current Rate 1,378,947 kwh x 0.0795 = $109,626 = New Rate Annual Savings = $23,442

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