North Kingstown School Department 2005-06 Budget
Commitment to Excellence Systems for Continual Improvement • Curriculum Improvement 7 Year Curriculum Cycle • Instructional Improvement Professional Development, Evaluation & Support • School Level Improvement Process
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.