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  1. North Kingstown School Department 2005-06 Budget

  2. Commitment to Excellence Systems for Continual Improvement • Curriculum Improvement 7 Year Curriculum Cycle • Instructional Improvement Professional Development, Evaluation & Support • School Level Improvement Process

  3. Commitment to Excellence Systems for Continual Improvement • Standards Based Budgeting Insures the equitable distribution of resources across the schools • Technology Supported Instruction • Capital Improvement & School Modernization Plans

  4. Achievements • High Achieving & Improving District • Grade Level Assessments (4th, 8th & 11th) among the highest in the state • All Schools have met or exceeded the 2011 requirements under the federal No Child Left Behind Act

  5. Achievements • State Sports Championships • All-State Bands & Orchestra • RI Scholastic Art Winners • Science & History Competition Winners • School Newspaper & Journalism Awards • Various corporate, and scholastic recognitions for student achievement

  6. Achievements • 2004 National Teacher of the Year • 2005 RI High School Principal of the Year • RI Middle School Principal of the Year • RI Elementary School Principal of the Year • Three RI Teachers of the Year • Various corporate, and scholastic recognitions for schools & educators

  7. How We Compare • Rank 18th out of 35 districts in per pupil spending • Slightly above state average $11,482 per student, all expenditures • Below state average, excluding out-of-district costs • 9th largest enrollment in the state (4,680) 2004 In$ite Data, RI Department of Education

  8. Revenues

  9. Expenses

  10. School Budget Impacts • State mandated pension costs increase of $1,293,000 • Contractual salary and benefits increase of $1,559,000 • 10% increase in health and dental insurance costs ($598,892 after co-pay) • 83% of the school budget is dedicated to personnel

  11. School Budget Impacts • State Aid to Education continues to decrease relative to the total school budget • Enrollment continues to increase at the high school since the new building opened. 5% increase over last year • Special education population is increasing, particularly self-contained students and out of district placements.

  12. School Budget Impacts • Council’s spending cap increase for school department totals $2,026,540 • Mandated and contractual increases total $3,450,892 • Budget process begins in a deficit position of $1,424,352 • Additional revenue sources may not be used to support expenditures beyond the cap.

  13. Superintendent’s Budget Original budget of $54,717,650 included: • All mandated and contractual obligations • Planned technology repair and replacement in schools • Planned curriculum cycle • Deferred building maintenance & repair • Increase in tuition & out of district placements (based on actual)

  14. Superintendent’s Budget Also included a number of committee supported educational initiatives: • Full day Kindergarten • Continued expansion of SmART program (integrated arts, school reform) • Restored middle school sports, two librarians and a nurse cut from this year’s budget

  15. Reductions to Meet the Cap • All new educational initiatives or expansions cut • No personnel restored from current year cuts • Continued deferral of plant and equipment maintenance and repair

  16. Reductions to Meet the Cap Administration and Support • Personnel cuts: • Vice Principal at the High School responsible for Special Education Services & lower grade discipline issues ($121,497) • Human Resource Assistant responsible for professional development and personnel issues including leave time overages. ($95,763)

  17. Reductions to Meet the Cap Administration and Support • Significant cuts to infrastructure: • Information &Technology ($459,624) • Curriculum Cycle ($100,000) • Maintenance/Operations ($150,000) • Professional Development ($50,000)

  18. Reductions to Meet the Cap Schools & Direct Instruction • Reduce SmART program to one coordinator position (cuts 5.9 FTE) • Increase minimum class size at High School (cuts 4 FTE educators) • Eliminate 3 FTE library clerks • These are not vacant positions

  19. Reductions to Meet the Cap Schools & Direct Instruction • Eliminate furniture budget ($45,550) • Cut book allowance in half ($22,775) • Reduce supplies by $5 per student ($22,775) • Rescinded grant reallocation that would have cut 3 literacy coaches

  20. Summary Statements • Approximately $584,000 in cuts are still needed to meet the cap • A consolidation of personnel & operating costs at the elementary school level (close a school & reconfigure the others) has been recommended, but the committee is working to cut other costs instead

  21. Summary Statements • Current cuts do not address the reduction in the School Capital Reserve Fund. • This reduction along with continued maintenance budget deferrals is not sound asset management • To restore the School Reserve Fund an additional $305,000 must be cut from the school operating budget.

  22. Future Implications The current expenditure cap does not: • Address the changing demographics & needs of our students • Reward the development of alternative funding sources • Adjust for unfunded federal mandates or state cost pass throughs • Maintain the current systems infrastructure to support student excellence

  23. Future Implications We must work together to: • Address the need for a state aid formula & increased state aid for our schools • Reduce local costs through statewide pension reform, out of district transportation agreements and health and dental programs • Regionalize/consolidate purchasing and services as appropriate

  24. Our Community’s Challenge North Kingstown’s children are the future of our community. They deserve the best educational opportunities available to support their future success.