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2009 07 Deming Promise Cds Presentation


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Claiborne Deming
July 29, 2009

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2009 07 Deming Promise Cds Presentation

  2. 2. El Dorado Has A Legacy of Private Support for Public Education <ul><li>El Dorado Education Foundation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Founded in 1996, invested over $1.7 million to date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Endowed Chair Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Established El Dorado Public School Chairs in math, science, foreign language and literacy to oversee all aspects of each discipline K-12 (1 st in the US to do so) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide Teacher Classroom Grants and Teacher Excellence Awards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Signing Day – annual event to honor academic scholarships for EHS seniors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Results are apparent – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>test scores have improved </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>enrollment of 5 th -12 th graders in foreign language courses has increased by 150% in the last 5 years </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>number of AP courses offered is unparalleled in South Arkansas </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Murphy Education Program <ul><li>Murphy Education Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Created in 1997; provides financial incentives for standardized test excellence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>During the first year, $9,000 was awarded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Since inception, over $1 million has been awarded </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Increase in Test Scores Apparent
  5. 5. Advanced Placement Grades Increasing
  6. 6. El Dorado Today… <ul><li>Union County has a very high Per Capita Personal Income (#2 out of 75 Arkansas counties) </li></ul><ul><li>Strong industrial base with skilled workforce (40% in industrial occupations compared to 28% statewide) </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment by citizens to establish a strong and viable community </li></ul>Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis (, U.S. Census Bureau
  7. 7. However El Dorado is Vulnerable… <ul><li>Continued closings of industrial businesses (i.e., Prescolite, Georgia Pacific, Cooper Tire, Pilgrims) </li></ul><ul><li>Union County’s population  5.2% between 2000 and 2008 (AR pop.  6.6% during same time) </li></ul><ul><li>The unemployment rate has outpaced the state and nation since 2002 </li></ul>Union Cty. AR US AR Union Cty.
  8. 8. Likewise, Our Schools Have Been Impacted <ul><li>El Dorado Public School enrollment  4.6% between 2000 and 2007 </li></ul>
  9. 9. How Education Makes A Difference Source: BEA, Education versus GDP/Capita by State GDP/Capita Adult Population with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
  10. 10. How Education Makes a Difference 2007 Median Salary by Educational Attainment Source: US Census (, 25 yrs. or older, year-round, full-time workers
  11. 11. What Makes The El Dorado Promise Possible? <ul><li>Presence of Murphy Oil, a Fortune 500 company, in El Dorado is unique and highly beneficial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only 11 Fortune 500 companies located in rural setting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrates the advantage of having a widespread, diversified economic base throughout the US </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Murphy has the financial means to make a quick and immediate difference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Murphy has doubled in size over the last five years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Production is set to grow dramatically </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Why Now? <ul><li>Excellent schools are critical to area’s ability to attract and retain top talent </li></ul><ul><li>A strong school system and promise of higher education will enhance El Dorado’s ability to attract new businesses </li></ul><ul><li>And… </li></ul><ul><li>The presence of a Flagship city in South Arkansas will be beneficial to our community and region </li></ul>
  13. 13. The El Dorado Promise <ul><li>Announced January 22, 2007, Murphy Oil funds program with $50 million pledge over 10 years </li></ul><ul><li>Offers each El Dorado Public School graduate living in the district an opportunity to attend college with up to a 100% tuition scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Eligibility percentage is based upon length of El Dorado Public School attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Amount payable is up to the highest tuition charged by an Arkansas public university, however amount is transportable to any institution in or out of state, public or private </li></ul>
  14. 14. El Dorado School District Enrollment October 1 year over year data Total School Enrollment Union District Consolidation Largest increase was in kindergarten classes both years since Promise in place
  15. 15. El Dorado Schools See Growth 1- 3 students 5-10 students greater than 20 459 students Locations from which new students have moved to enroll in the El Dorado School District since the Promise was created in January 2007. 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 10 10 9 8 7 6 6 5 5 5 75 58 21 17 new students have also come from 10 foreign countries 459 * 733 total new students as of October 2008. The net increase is 196. El Dorado Promise <10% E10 10-50% E10
  16. 16. College Enrollment Increase Percentage of Promise-eligible Graduates Enrolling in College After High School
  17. 17. Colleges Attended By 2008 El Dorado Grads Before the Promise was in place, an average of 60% of El Dorado graduates went on to college. After the Promise was announced, 76% of the 2007 graduating class went to college (67% of this group returned for their sophomore yr.). 82% of the 2 nd Promise Class (2008 graduates) went to college. 95% of the Class of 2009 have accepted the Promise scholarship.
  18. 18. El Dorado Community Stepping Up To The Challenge <ul><li>April 2007 – El Dorado citizens passed a 1-cent sales tax </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$32 MM over 8 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New conference center </li></ul></ul><ul><li>September 2007 – Voters approved a school millage increase </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction of a new $42 million high school to be completed Fall 2011 </li></ul></ul>