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Manitowoc Public School District Referendum Presentaiton 10-6-2014

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Manitowoc Public School District Referendum Presentaiton 10-6-2014

  1. 1. MANITOWOC PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
  2. 2. Once upon a time… (in 1993) • Wi. property taxes were rising above inflation rate • Statewide, Salaries were on the rise • School districts didn’t have spending limits, other than aiming for conservative property tax increases • Average annual raises to Wisconsin teachers was 6.5% (salary + fringes)
  3. 3. Conservative, fiscally responsible…. Not the case for many other districts!
  4. 4. In order to Limit School Spending: Wisconsin Legislature enacted two statutes that restrict the amount of money school districts can raise: 1. Revenue limit enacted to provide property tax relief 2. Qualified Economic Offer (QEO) – QEO repealed in 2009 – Annual raises for teachers dropped from 6.5% across state to 3.6% (salary +fringes) in 1996-97
  5. 5. To off-set the Revenue Limits: The State committed to 2/3 funding aid to support the cost of education
  6. 6. Recent state changes with local impact: • Employee Contributions to Wisconsin Retirement System increased • Health Insurance Contributions by Employees increased • Salaries frozen or CPI maximum » Average annual raises for teachers 2.9% in 2010-11.
  7. 7. At the state level…. • State aid to the MPSD has been cut by over $5 million in the past 5 years, while expenses continue to rise • Not 67% funding,… but 58% funding
  8. 8. Federal funding has declined too: • Title I • Title II (class size reduction) • Title III • Title IV (competitive grants only) • Title V (obsolete) • Carl Perkins funding has been reduced • Special Education aid has been reduced
  9. 9. Local impact: • Over 40 staff positions have been eliminated – TEACHERS – ADMINISTRATORS * – OTHER SUPPORT STAFF ~in almost every area
  10. 10. Impact on MPSD employees: Staff Categories 2008-09 Staffing (FTE) 2013-14 Staffing (FTE) FTE Increase (Decrease) Percent Increase (Decrease) Teachers 407.8 381.1 (26.7) -6.55% Administrators 25.0 23.0 (2.0) -8.00% Custodial/Maintenance 54.0 50.0 (4.0) -7.41% Clerical 38.4 36.9 (1.5) -3.91% Paraprofessionals 140.6 131.9 (8.7) -6.19% Other 30.0 28.7 (1.3) -4.33% Total 695.8 651.6 (44.2) -6.35%
  11. 11. Approximately $6.2 million has been cut in the last 3 years • 10% of the budget • Eliminating student programs and services:  Elementary Sports  Destination Imagination  Mini Chopper Project  Offering high school classes alternating years  Reduction in world language
  12. 12. Local impact (cont.) • Significant reductions in state aid have resulted in: – Deferred maintenance – Obsolete technology – Delayed installation of safety and security measures
  13. 13. Impact on class-size • Elementary Class-Size: Most current class sizes are 20 to 26 and range up to 29 students. • Junior/Senior High Class-Size: Most current class sizes are 21-27 and range up to 31 students.
  14. 14. Other belt-tightening measures • The MPSD has made significant changes and improvements in energy efficiency
  15. 15. Low Spending!
  16. 16. Despite the Challenges… • We have amazing and dedicated staff who come to work every day to serve our kids! • We serve and support each other • We are creative with our resources • We somehow find a way to “make it work” in spite of the budgetary challenges.
  17. 17. Forecast for the future • A budget shortfall of more than $1 million per year is projected for each of the next 5 years. • UNLESS~
  18. 18. Investment in Education… • … is an Investment in the Future
  19. 19. Preparing students for success • Is not a luxury, it’s a necessity • The MPSD has a strong tradition…we need to keep the tradition alive • Strong 4K-12 public education helps build the local and regional workforce needed to attract and retain businesses and spur economic growth
  20. 20. Operations • Our students deserve a variety of academic options that personalize their educational experience and better prepare them for success in college and a highly competitive 21st century global workplace.
  21. 21. MPSD School Board Support • BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of the Manitowoc Public School District, that the revenues included in the School District budget be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, for the 2014-2015 school year and thereafter by $1,000,000, for recurring purposes to maintain current programs and services. • Adopted and recorded July 8, 2014.
  22. 22. Maintenance and Security • Funding is needed to maintain healthy and safe learning environments for students and staff • The schools need to improve building security by upgrading the cameras and security systems.
  23. 23. Ours schools are Aging • Youngest school: Jefferson (18 years old) • Average age: 65 years old! • Although in great shape, maintenance of old buildings is costly.
  24. 24. Wellness for facilities • Ongoing budget constraints have not allowed the MPSD to tackle large-scale projects. • Funding is needed in order to maintain school sites and ensure high quality education for students.
  25. 25. MPSD School Board Support • BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of the Manitowoc Public School District that the revenues included in the School District budget be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, for the 2014-2015 school year and thereafter by $600,000, for recurring purposes to address major maintenance and security needs. • Adopted and recorded July 8, 2014.
  26. 26. Technology Needs • Computers are needed as important educational tools for today’s students. • It is a disruption to learning if equipment isn’t maintained or when replacements are needed.
  27. 27. MPSD School Board Support • BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of the Manitowoc Public School District that the revenues included in the School District budget be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, for the 2014-2015 school year and thereafter by $400,000, for recurring purposes to update classroom technology and replace aging computers. • Adopted and recorded July 8, 2014.
  28. 28. Referendum Recap Authorize MPSD to exceed the revenue limit by: 1. $1,000,000 for recurring purposes to maintain current programs and services. 2. $600,000 for recurring purposes to address major maintenance projects and security needs (updating security cameras, lighting, windows, asbestos abatement, roofs, etc.). 3. $400,000 for recurring purposes to update classroom technology and replace aging computers (additional elementary computers required for online testing, secondary mobile labs, update for wired and wireless internet access, etc.).
  29. 29. If all 3 questions are supported by voters: • The mill rate would increase 77 cents. • That means it would cost local taxpayers with property valued at $100,000 an additional $1.48 per week. • On a happy note, state aid will reduce the increase in future years. Double Cheeseburger
  30. 30. Tax Levy Comparison Of the 50 largest school districts in the state, MPSD ranks number 50 with the lowest tax rate.
  31. 31. Which of the following do you have at your home? 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% 93% 60% 51% 43% 37%
  32. 32. How would you like to receive information regarding the MPSD? 1% 2% 10% 9% 26% 26% 22% 39% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Email District website District mailings Facebook Herald Times Reporter Lakeshore Chronicle Attend public forums School Board meetings Twitter Other 2% 9% 21% 46% 78% 2% 11% 37% 51% 10% 28% 39% Non-Parents Parents
  33. 33. Share the Story: • Invite others to attend an informational meeting • Talk to others about the referendum questions • Share the hand-out you receive today • Review the FAQs on the MPSD website • Ask questions, answer questions
  34. 34. Informational meetings • 6:00-7:00 p.m. on the following dates: – Monday, October 6th Wilson Jr. High – Wednesday, October 15th Washington Jr. High – Wednesday, October 22nd Wilson Jr. High
  35. 35. That’s the MPSD story to date
  36. 36. Remember to vote • The referendum questions will be on the ballot on November 4th
  37. 37. Questions on Ballot November 4 MANITOWOC PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENDUM - QUESTION #1 "Shall the Manitowoc Public School District, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, for the 2014-2015 school year and thereafter by $1,000,000, for recurring purposes to maintain current programs and services?" YES _____ NO _____ MANITOWOC PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENDUM - QUESTION #2 "Shall the Manitowoc Public School District, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, for the 2014-2015 school year and thereafter by $600,000, for recurring purposes to address major maintenance and security needs?" YES _____ NO _____ MANITOWOC PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENDUM - QUESTION #3 "Shall the Manitowoc Public School District, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, for the 2014-2015 school year and thereafter by $400,000, for recurring purposes to update classroom technology and replace aging computers?" YES _____ NO _____

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