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  1. Orange County Public Schools District 3 Town Hall Meeting Pine Castle Elementary School February 11, 2009

  2. Agenda • Orange County district highlights • The Budget crisis • State revenue update • Orange County district budget • General Fund and revenue forecast • Questions and answers • What you can do

  3. District Grade: A • 126 A and B schools • Highest FCAT Reading and Math scores in district history • 13 of Newsweek’s “America’s Best High Schools” • Graduation rate: 74.6% • Dropout rate is 1.5%, half the state average

  4. Back-to-back state Teacher of the Year finalists • Superintendent Blocker a community leader • Winner of 2009 EDC Chairman Award • #9 most powerful, Orlando Magazine • #25 most powerful, Orlando Sentinel panel • OCPS is a “Best Place to Work,” (OBJ) • Building Program - every 2002 county school will be replaced or renovated by 2018

  5. Florida Education • National Grade/Rank B- 10th • K-12 Achievement C 7th • Standards/Assessment A- 12th • Teachers B 4th • School Finance C- 39th • Spending F “Quality Counts,” Education Week, Jan. 2009

  6. State Revenue Update

  7. What is the Problem? • State revenues are down • Housing market continues decline • Sales tax receipts dropping • Financial markets unstable • Unemployment rising • Utility costs rising • Property tax reform negative effects

  8. State Revenue Shortfall2008-09 • June - estimated $1 billion short • August - estimated $1.5 billion short • November - estimated $2.2 billion short • December – estimated $2.3 billion short • 2009-10 Projection - $5.8 billion short

  9. Orange County District Budget

  10. How does it affect OCPS? • School district funding is controlled primarily by the State Legislature • The millage rate for property taxes is set by the State Legislature • What is not funded by local property tax the state provides from their general fund • OCPS has very limited control over either funding source

  11. Two Major Funds • General (Operating) -Salaries and benefits -Materials and supplies -Utilities, fuel, etc. • Capital Projects -New schools -Renovations and remodeling -Long-term debt payments

  12. Budget Constraints • Operating vs. Capital • Recurring vs. Non-recurring • Class Size reduction • Restricted funds • Instructional materials, transportation, etc. • Florida Lottery • Discretionary • School recognition

  13. How many days of the school year do you think Florida Lottery proceeds pay for in the operation of Orange County public schools? Quiz Question • 1 • 16 • 25 • 30

  14. General Fund Operating Budget

  15. About how much do you think OCPS receives from property taxes and the state to spend on each student in the classroom? Quiz Question • $10,300 • $7,500 • $6,900

  16. What percentage of operating revenue do you think is budgeted directly to schools? Quiz Question • 99% • 88% • 77% • 66%

  17. OCPS Budget Cuts • This year $70 million • Mid-year adjustments paid from reserves • Next year $102 million more $172 million is the equivalent of 2,867 teachers! (23% of all teachers)

  18. 2008-2009 Budget Cuts • District Budgets – 7% • Facilities, $2.8 million - Operations, $5.4 million Curriculum, $820,000 - Finance $605,000, among others • School Budgets – 6% • Elementary, $200,000 - $300,000 • Middle, $350,000 - $450,000 • High, $700,000 - $1,300,000

  19. Lowest administrative expenditures per student of any urban school district

  20. What OCPS is Doing • Superintendent’s Budget Study Committee • Report by end of February • Cost-savings ideas from the public, students and employees

  21. Budget Study Topics • Reduce learning communities (6 to 5) $680,000 • Reduce courier service $160,000 • De-centralize/consolidate Maintenance $2.8M • Merge small elementary schools (close 5-8) $5M to $8M •  Close Robert Hungerford Prep early $1.2M •  Limit summer school to recovery classes $1.05M 

  22. Budget Study Topics • Shift administrators to 11-mo. contracts $4.1M • Reduce summer extended contracts for teachers $1.35M • Eliminate district-funded “special” field trips $882,690 •  Reduce/eliminate Athletics $7.3M •  Furlough administrators $607,000 •  Increase class size formula by two students $30M

  23. Budget Study Topics • Reorganize Human Resources $939,000 • Postpone language arts textbook adoption $9.0M • Eliminate elementary school magnet busing $800,000 • Adjust employee benefits TBD • Eliminate elem. and middle media specialists $10.6M • Eliminate social workers, district-wide $3M • To be continued

  24. Where to cut an OCPS Elementary Budget? Instructional Support Media Specialist 67,632 Guidance Counselor 64,233 Guidance Clerk 21,118 Resource Teacher 65,573 Resource Teacher CCT/Reading 65,573 ESE Staffing/Placement (.5) 32,915 Technology Support Rep 50,155 Administration Principal 110,939 Secretary/Bookkeeper 45,344 Registrar 37,330 School Clerk 31,156 Instruction Classroom Teachers (25) 1,474,675 PE (1), Music (1), Art (1) 176,961 Basic Paraprofessionals (3) 59,259 ESOL Paraprofessional 19,753 Supplements 19,607 Substitutes 30,000 Copier 6,000 Supplies 25,000 Technology and repair 7,000 Contingency 35,375

  25. Where to cut an OCPS Elementary Budget? Summary Instructional $1,853,630 Instructional Support 367,199 Administration 224,809 Operations 284,077 Restricted Categoricals 529,644 TOTAL $3,259,319 Operations Custodians (3 basic, 1 resident) 114,726 Health Assistant 21,706 Utilities 145,645 Supplies 2,000 Restricted Categoricals Class size teachers (7)/subs 421, 178 Instructional materials 56,416 DARE 5,500 Resource Teacher-Reading (.5) 32,787 SAI 7,877 School Improvement 5,886

  26. Which of these has the least severe impact on student education? Quiz Question • Cut Elementary magnet busing • Limit summer school • Cut district sponsored field trips

  27. Which of these has the least severe impact on student education? Quiz Question • Increase class size by 2 or 3 • Cut district sponsored field trips • Cut Elementary magnet busing

  28. Which of these has the least severe impact on student education? Quiz Question • Merge small elementary schools • Reduce/cut Athletics • Increase class size by 2 or 3

  29. QUESTIONS?

  30. Recap The bucks stop here in Orange County They start in Tallahassee

  31. Needed from Legislators Send more money

  32. Needed from Legislators • Support flexibility and adequate funding in the education budget • Support local control for school boards • Suspend unfunded or underfunded mandates that are not critical to classroom • Support school-wide averages in Class Size Reduction requirements • Support penalty waivers for two years

  33. What You Can Do Write – Call – Email – Visit your legislators www.leg.state.fl.us Be courteous and respectful • Support your school in any way you can • Share your concerns with others and advocate together to preserve Orange County’s A-rated school system

  34. QUESTIONS?

  35. Thank you for your attention! E-Mail: Judge.Roach@ocps.net Public Information: 407.317.FIND (3463) www.ocps.net