CVCHS Concerns, Questions, and Benefits


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CVCHS Concerns, Questions, and Benefits

  1. 1. CLAYTON VALLEY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL Concerns, Questions, and Benefits
  2. 2. Concerns and Questions <ul><li>Financials </li></ul><ul><li>Student Population </li></ul><ul><li>School Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Sports </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate Change </li></ul>
  3. 3. Question #1: Why are charter schools funded differently than district schools?
  4. 4. Funding Difference (Example) <ul><li>A unified district school receives something similar to a “composite rate.” It is an overall average based on the grades they serve. If MDUSD was broken up for funding based on grade levels, the schools would receive different amounts: </li></ul>Grades Unified Rate Grade Level Rate K – 3 4 – 6 7 – 8 ≈ ≈ 9 – 12
  5. 5. Unified Rates Example <ul><li>Mt. Diablo serves grades K – 12. Below is what other school districts receive that only serve specific grades: </li></ul>Grades Served District Funding K – 12 MDUSD $5,206 K – 6 Hawthorne Elementary School District $5,032 9 – 12 Centinela Valley Union High School District $6,407
  6. 6. MDUSD Overhead <ul><li>The staffing difference is basically district level “overhead.” By eliminating that overhead, more funds are directed to the classroom. This also allows CVCHS to generate significant reserves that would otherwise be impossible. </li></ul>Staff Student MDUSD 1 10 CVCHS 1 14
  7. 7. Answer #1: All public schools, including charters, receive funds based on how much the state determines it costs to teach students at different grade levels.
  8. 8. Question #2: Why is MDUSD claiming that they will lose $1.6MM because of the charter?
  9. 9. State Funding STATE CVCHS STATE MDUSD Elementary Schools High Schools Middle Schools
  10. 10. MDUSD Hypothetical <ul><li>Total MDUSD Hypothetical Budget = $70 </li></ul><ul><li>$70 divided by 48 schools = $1.45 per school (composite funding rate) </li></ul><ul><li>If you remove one high school from this equation the composite rate drops </li></ul><ul><li>down to $1.42 per school, a difference of $0.03. </li></ul><ul><li>This is essentially how the district has come up with the $1.6MM figure. </li></ul>Grades Served Number of Schools Funding Rate Elementary (K-5) 32 $1 per school Middle (6-8) 10 $2 per school High (9-12) 6 $3 per school
  11. 11. $1.6MM <ul><li>Two problems… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The district has failed to consider the cost of running Clayton Valley. This would substantially lower that figure if not exceed it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The rate MDUSD is receiving is for serving grades K-12. If it costs significantly more to educate a high school student than an elementary student, and MDUSD is now serving fewer high school students because of the conversion, then shouldn’t the $1.6MM be reallocated to reflect that difference? </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Answer #2: MDUSD’s math is misleading. Also, the composite rate funding method for unified districts may be flawed.
  13. 13. Question #3: How can we trust high school teachers to run a complex school budget?
  14. 14. About ExED <ul><li>Excellent Education Development (“ExED”) is the premier non-profit provider of charter school business management services. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently Serving: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50 independent charter schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 charter management organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 conversion charter schools </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Conversion Experience <ul><li>ExED has assisted with the conversion of the following schools: </li></ul><ul><li>Granada Hills Charter High School </li></ul><ul><li>Palisades Charter High School </li></ul><ul><li>Gompers Charter Middle School </li></ul><ul><li>Keiller Leadership Academy </li></ul><ul><li>Birmingham Community Charter High School </li></ul><ul><li>El Camino Real Charter High School </li></ul>
  16. 16. ExED’s Conversion Team <ul><li>CVCHS’ ExED direct team will consist of the following people: </li></ul><ul><li>VP, School Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Accounting Senior/Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Operations Analyst/Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Accounting Associate </li></ul><ul><li>Accounting Analyst </li></ul>
  17. 17. ExED’s Support Team <ul><li>CVCHS will also have access to ExED’s support team which consists of: </li></ul><ul><li>Anita Landecker – Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Carrie Wagner, CPA – Charter Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resource Manager </li></ul>
  18. 18. VP, School Finance <ul><li>Marshall Mayotte, the ExED person responsible for CVCHS, has the following background: </li></ul><ul><li>Charter experience since 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Controller experience since 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Certified Public Accountant </li></ul><ul><li>Certified Financial Planner </li></ul><ul><li>Converted: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>El Camino Real Charter High School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Birmingham Community Charter High School </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. VP, School Finance (cont.) <ul><li>Education includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UCLA, Master of Business Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USC, Master of Business Taxation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UCLA, B.A. in Business Economics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UCLA Extension, Certificate of PFP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attended Boston College’s School of Education </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Conversion Cost Structure? <ul><li>Conversion charter schools typically maintain many of the same costs: </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt similar salary tables </li></ul><ul><li>However, they generate reserves for the following reasons: </li></ul><ul><li>No central office overhead costs </li></ul><ul><li>Control over vendors </li></ul><ul><li>Less waste due to financial transparency </li></ul>
  21. 21. Conversion Experience <ul><li>Below are reserve levels of ExED charter schools: </li></ul>09-10 Reserves Revenue % Palisades Charter High School $2MM 8.5% Gompers Charter Middle School $451K 8% Keiller Leadership Academy $409K 10.5% Birmingham Community Charter High School $904K 4.5%
  22. 22. Answer #3: Clayton Valley Charter High School will be a fiscally responsible charter high school that will be overseen by an experienced charter school service staff and provider.
  23. 23. Question #4: Who can attend Clayton Valley Charter High School?
  24. 24. Student Enrollment <ul><li>Ed Code 47605(d)(1): </li></ul><ul><li>“ A charter school shall be nonsectarian in its </li></ul><ul><li>programs, admission policies, employment </li></ul><ul><li>practices, and all other operations, shall not </li></ul><ul><li>charge tuition, and shall not discriminate </li></ul><ul><li>against any pupil on the basis of ethnicity, </li></ul><ul><li>national origin, gender, or disability.” </li></ul>
  25. 25. Student Enrollment <ul><li>All student populations will be served at CVCHS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Charter Petition Pg. 16: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Education will be accessible to all students, including mid-range students, students achieving at a level significantly below their peers, gifted and talented students, students receiving special education or related services, limited English proficient students, and students who are members of ethnic groups under-represented in colleges and universities. We also intend to recruit those high school students living in the CVHS attendance area who attend other area high schools.” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Student Enrollment <ul><li>Public School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No admittance discrimination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No cherry-picking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We want to be the first choice school of the CVCHS attendance area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brain Drain is eliminated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eagle pride returns </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students currently attending CVHS and their siblings are automatically grandfathered in </li></ul>
  27. 27. Answer #4: Anyone who wants to can attend CVCHS. Precedence will be given to those students living within the attendance area.
  28. 28. Question #5: Does going charter affect this school’s accreditation, coursework, or overall validity?
  29. 29. School Accountability <ul><li>WASC Accreditation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Western Association of Schools and Colleges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charter Petition Pg. 16: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ When it opens, CVCHS will operate under the accreditation already granted to CVHS through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). CVCHS will continue to be accredited through WASC. This accreditation ensures that the academic program is acceptable and transferable to other high schools and universities.” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  30. 30. WASC <ul><li>We have been in contact with WASC </li></ul><ul><li>They have worked extensively with charter conversions (especially in LAUSD) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Expanded Substantive Change” process </li></ul><ul><li>No interruption of accreditation </li></ul><ul><li>The WASC term continues to be valid after the conversion </li></ul>
  31. 31. School Accountability <ul><li>Course Approval and Transferability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a-g requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charter Petition Pg. 21: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Each department develops its curricula to comply with State and National standards and the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) a-g requirements.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charter Petition Pg. 49: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Courses will continue to meet a-g requirements of the University of California and California State University systems and meet accreditation standards as established by the Governing Board of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  32. 32. a-g Course Approval <ul><li>The school submits coursework under a specific CEEB # (college code) </li></ul><ul><li>This number will remain the same after we convert </li></ul><ul><li>All current a-g approved courses will remain approved </li></ul><ul><li>All new courses will require a new submittal just as they would if we were a district school </li></ul>
  33. 33. Accountability??? <ul><li>Four of the six MDUSD high schools have failed to meet </li></ul><ul><li>their Annual Yearly Progress (AYP): </li></ul><ul><li>Mt. Diablo </li></ul><ul><li>Concord High </li></ul><ul><li>Ygnacio Valley </li></ul><ul><li>Clayton Valley </li></ul>
  34. 34. Answer #5: The charter will allow the school to flourish. Our image and success rate will change for the better which will only increase our academic legitimacy.
  35. 35. Question #6: Who will be in charge of CVCHS?
  36. 36. Governance <ul><li>Charter Petition Pg. 66-67: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The mandate of the CVCHS Governing Board is to promote and maintain the guiding mission of CVCHS as articulated in this Charter. The governing structure is designed to foster participation by all stakeholders and assure the effectiveness of local school control and accountability. As part of the CVCHS mission, it is vital that students witness and participate in the CVCHS collaborative process of policy development and decision making.” </li></ul></ul>
  37. 37. Governance <ul><li>Charter Petition Pg. 68: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Governing Board shall consist of the following stakeholder members: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Two (2) teachers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One (1) classified staff member </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Two (2) parents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Two (2) members at large </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One (1) retired teacher </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One (1) administrator (other than the executive director)” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  38. 38. Board Elections <ul><li>All respective stakeholder groups will vote for and elect their representative board members. </li></ul><ul><li>Shared ownership is a top priority </li></ul><ul><li>Mistake in by-laws </li></ul><ul><li>“ Draft” </li></ul>
  39. 39. Governance Structure Governing Board Standing Committee: Curriculum and Instruction Standing Committee: Human Resources Standing Committee: Student Services Standing Committee: Operations Executive Director
  40. 40. Governance Structure <ul><li>Charter Petition Pg. 69-70 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ CVCHS believes that we best serve our students with a distributive leadership structure. We envision faculty, staff, parents, students, and administrators bringing their concerns and ideas to one or more standing committees through attending and participating in open committee meetings and submitting written proposals to the committees.” </li></ul></ul>
  41. 41. Answer #6: Governance of CVCHS will be shared by all stakeholders.
  42. 42. Question #6: Does going Charter affect our school’s sports programs?
  43. 43. Sports <ul><li>Pat Middendorf </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CV Athletic Director </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DVAL Representative on the North Coast Section Sports Advisory Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gil Lemmon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NCS League Commissioner </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Per a phone conversation, Mr. Lemmon specifically stated that the status of sports at Clayton Valley High School will not change in any way. The school will still be part of the DVAL and NCS will regard this as a simple name change. It will not affect CV athlete eligibility in any way. </li></ul>
  44. 44. Answer #6: Sports programs will NOT be affected.
  45. 45. Question #7: What will be different at CVCHS in the first year or two?
  46. 46. Changes <ul><li>On-site management </li></ul><ul><li>Fiscal Stability </li></ul><ul><li>Freshmen transition program </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Planning Grant ($350,000) </li></ul>
  47. 47. Answer #7: Change will not be instantaneous but will become increasingly more apparent as we build momentum.
  48. 48. Top Ten Charter Benefits <ul><li>Ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Accountable Staff </li></ul><ul><li>On-Site Management </li></ul><ul><li>Fiscal Stability and Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>High School Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Freshmen Transition Program </li></ul><ul><li>Cleaner and Safer Campus </li></ul><ul><li>Leading Edge Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Student Support Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Support </li></ul>
  49. 49. Ownership <ul><li>A community-run high school </li></ul><ul><li>Not just good or great, but the best </li></ul><ul><li>Energy, passion, commitment </li></ul>
  50. 50. Accountable Staff <ul><li>Incredible core group </li></ul><ul><li>Underperforming will seek help or leave </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Hiring pool and process </li></ul><ul><li>Attracting the best </li></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul>
  51. 51. On-Site Management <ul><li>The red tape and bureaucracy of the district </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Attention </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s get things done </li></ul>
  52. 52. Fiscal Stability and Responsibility <ul><li>Grants </li></ul><ul><li>No district overhead to carry </li></ul><ul><li>Control over vendor contracts </li></ul><ul><li>ExED </li></ul>
  53. 53. High School Calendar <ul><li>Not designed for high school students </li></ul><ul><li>First semester </li></ul><ul><li>Winter break </li></ul><ul><li>Special programs </li></ul>
  54. 54. Freshmen Transition Program <ul><li>Introduction to high school experience </li></ul><ul><li>Testing, remediation, acceleration </li></ul><ul><li>Academic planning </li></ul><ul><li>School culture and behavior expectations </li></ul>
  55. 55. Cleaner and Safer Campus <ul><li>Staff and Student handbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Buy-in from community at large (staff, students, parents, police officers, city council members, business owners, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Standing Committees </li></ul>
  56. 56. Leading Edge Technology <ul><li>Currently district schools are not allowed access to you-tube, twitter, facebook, and other web based media that all have huge academic potential if utilized correctly. </li></ul><ul><li>Paperless campus </li></ul><ul><li>Business partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Career training </li></ul>
  57. 57. Student Support Programs <ul><li>Summer transition </li></ul><ul><li>Winter remediation </li></ul><ul><li>Summer School </li></ul><ul><li>Before and after school tutoring </li></ul><ul><li>7 th period </li></ul>
  58. 58. Professional Support <ul><li>CVCHS Stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Charter Petitioners </li></ul><ul><li>CCSA </li></ul><ul><li>ExED </li></ul><ul><li>MYM </li></ul>
  59. 59. CVCHS will continue to work cooperatively with MDUSD in order to assure a smooth transition and positive working relationship in the charter conversion.
  60. 60. <ul><li>STAY INFORMED </li></ul><ul><li>The California Department of Education has links to </li></ul><ul><li>California Ed Code that deals with Charter Schools </li></ul><ul><li>( </li></ul><ul><li>Read the CVCHS Charter on our Facebook page or website ( </li></ul>
  61. 61. Important Dates <ul><li>CVCHS Public Hearing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>August 9 th , 5:45-7:00 PM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monte Gardens Elementary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Staff Recommendation and District Decision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>September 13th </li></ul></ul>