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Referendum Presentation

  2. 2. Operating principles: • We should be a District of Distinction. • Learning is not restricted to 4k -12. • Our facilities are community resources. • We serve the entire Oregon area.
  3. 3. The Genesis: • Safety post-Columbine (1999) Elementary and Intermediate schools (completed) Middle School - uncontrolled entrance High School – uncontrolled entrances I do not view a District of Distinction as creating a culture for staff, students and visitors defined by security cameras or entrance guards.
  4. 4. The Genesis: • Design Issues – High School Administration offices buried within the school No clearly defined entrance High School PAC – back-of-house inadequacies
  5. 5. The Genesis: Design Issues – Middle School Administration buried within the school No clearly defined entrance Fire doors – second floor of library openings Second floor stairwell
  6. 6. The Genesis: Facility Adequacy – High School Athletic Facilities Oregon Athletic Booster Club funds study (2007) Rettler Plan developed (2007-08) District acquires Jaycee East (2009) Rettler ground water study (2010)
  7. 7. The Genesis: • Facility Adequacy – Field House Constructed in 1977. Initially designed larger, but built smaller and at greater cost (failed referendums in 1974). Too small for current needs Substandard relative to current field house models
  8. 8. The Genesis: Facility Adequacy – Gymnasium/High School Locker Rooms Varsity locker room inadequacy Current locker rooms are outdated and poorly laid out High School competition gym is substandard compared to Badger Conference schools.
  9. 9. The Genesis: Operational Needs: Food Service/Maintenance /grounds storage Increased serving capacity for Middle and High School lunch areas New maintenance/grounds storage building at OHS
  10. 10. The Genesis: 21st Century Learning Space – Middle School Dedicated library space Eco-center (Rotary Club initiative) Re-organized small group team study areas Space for large group instruction/team meeting space Deficient space for physical education/PT
  11. 11. The Genesis: 21st Century Learning Space – High School Learning now takes place in different environments. Third space Virtual learning – all ages Digitized – upgrade media center
  12. 12. Are other needs being addressed? Will we need to build in the future for additional student capacity? We own land in Alpine Park for a future school site. We have capacity for additional anticipated growth.
  13. 13. Are other needs being addressed? - Facilities March 1999 Applied Population Lab Study projections for 2008 – four models Baseline 3559 “Last 5 Years” 3432 High Growth 3908 Last Year Pattern 3616
  14. 14. Are other needs being addressed? Facilities 2008 Actual 3636 Current 3604 The baseline or “last year” pattern models were closest to actual. Our current census projection shows in 10 years our census will be 3603.
  15. 15. Are other needs being addressed? Facilities Building Capacities – Current OHS 1240 - 1409 OMS 609 - 644 RCI 600 - 625 K-4 1200 - 1350
  16. 16. Are other needs being addressed? Facilities Student Capacities based upon current Building Capacities OHS 74 - 283 OMS 65 - 109 RCI 25 - 75 K-4 232 - 382 Total 396 - 699
  17. 17. Are other needs being addressed? Facilities Growth 1994-95 to present - 593 Growth last 10 years - 135 Areas of potential development: Fitchburg Northeast corridor (944 – 1570 dwelling units) Oregon (450 dwelling units), Bergamont, Alpine Meadows, Oregon Parks, and Lease
  18. 18. Are other needs being addressed? Facilities Annual Capital Maintenance Budget - $600,000.00 Next ten years - $6 million dollars into existing structures
  19. 19. Are other needs being addressed? Personnel “The primary focus of the board must be the education of our children, not the appearance of locker rooms and the field house. Giving this plan serious consideration makes me question the school board’s priorities. If the school board wants to put a referendum on the ballot, may I suggest it be to fund the budget back to the level of the pre-Walker days?” Jeff Ramin – Oregon Observer 10/19/11
  20. 20. Are other needs being addressed? Personnel Referendums are more appropriate for capital projects than on-going personnel costs not related to those projects. Personnel numbers fluctuate yearly. Personnel compensation and benefits costs fluctuate yearly Divisive nature of public personnel debates
  21. 21. Are other needs being addressed? Personnel The Board has separated capital and personnel budget considerations to avoid competition between the two funds. The Board supported a budget override for capital projects three years ago to avoid having to prioritize capital projects versus personnel costs. The Board is appropriately balancing necessary long-term planning with the immediate impacts of the state budget.
  22. 22. Are other needs being addressed? Personnel Teacher negotiated total compensation packages since 1999 have totaled 47% or 3.6% per year. This includes the 5.8% compensation reduction mandated by Act 10. Excluding the 2011-2012 compensation package, the Board has agreed to an average annual increase of total compensation packages since 1999 of 4.42%. Since 1999, inflation as measured by the CPI-U index has increased at an average annual rate of 2.83%
  23. 23. Are other needs being addressed? Personnel Based upon 2008-2009 Salary Schedules, the Oregon School District teacher salary schedule ranked as follows as compared to other Badger Conference schools: Starting salary: 3/14 MA: 2/14 MA +30 1/14 NOTE: 1/14 = highest ranking
  24. 24. Are other needs being addressed? Personnel The 2009-2011 collective bargaining agreement contained a “no lay-off” provision initially proposed by the Board. When Act 10 was introduced, the Board declined to issue preliminary notices of lay-off despite the recommendation of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and other counsel.
  25. 25. Are other needs being addressed? Personnel The Board enacted a 2011-2012 budget that did not require teacher lay-offs or program reductions. Ten areas districts decreased staffing. Oregon was one of five districts in the area to increase teaching staff. The Board has retained the post-employment health insurance and sick leave benefits for the 2012-2013 school year for employees with 10 years of service. The Board is in the process of evaluating the implementation of HRA accounts for employees with less than ten years of services.
  26. 26. Are other needs being addressed? Technology 1600 computers for student use 80 iPads for staff/student use 50 iPod Touch devices One elementary classroom modeling 1:1 use Wireless in all buildings LCD projectors in 250 classrooms SmartBoards in 125 classrooms Significantly upgraded bandwidth and tech hardware Significant program upgrades (e.g. Infinite Campus, Google Apps Gmail)
  27. 27. Are we in a financial position to do this now? In 1998, the property tax on a $200,000 home was $2,758 In 2011, the property tax on a $200,000 home was $2,398 The District’s 2011 tax levy increase was 2.25% compared to a state-wide increase of 3.42%.
  28. 28. Are we in a financial position to do this now? Since 1998, the District’s Fund Balance, which is used to cover short-term cash flow needs, increased from $2.7 million to $10 million, eliminating the need to short-term borrow for cash flow needs. The District holds a Aa2 Bond Rating, the highest it can achieve given financial factors outside of District control. Over the last ten years, the Board has purposely refinanced long-term debt to create a cliff in four years to offset new bond obligations.
  29. 29. Are we in a financial position to do this now? Financing costs are at historic low.
  30. 30. Are we in a financial position to do this now? The construction climate strongly favors building now. We will get more for our dollars now than in the future.
  31. 31. This referendum closely mirrors the PAC referendums. Opponents of the PAC contended it was a “want” rather than a “need.” PAC referendum questions failed on the first two votes. It was eventually built at an increased cost. The PAC is one of the District’s most utilized community spaces: The PAC was used or scheduled 307 of the 365 days in 2011, which represents 84%.
  32. 32. If approved – this referendum will address four key needs: • Educational Spaces • School Safety and Security • Community Spaces • Facility Improvements