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  1. Downsizing So You Can Grow Welcome! Thank you for being A forward thinker Who wants to create the effect And not be at the affect. Your school will be of the ones that thrive in 2020 Rich Odell  (231) 313-1100  rodell@gmail.com

  2. ? ? ? • How many in the room are confident your school can maintain or increase enrollment over the next 5 years? • What is the size of your school and grades served? • How many of you have seen your enrollment drop in the last 5 years? • How many adjusted their budget down once the school year started? ? ? ?

  3. What if I told you…. To be financially viable in 2020 you must downsize your operation by 20-30% Designing and managing a new normal Being Proactive not Reactive

  4. Downsizing So You Can Grow What does this title mean?

  5. Why should you be thinking about it? • Birth Rate in US: Down from 2.4 to 1.6 • Education gap has narrowed: public, private, online, • home school, charter, for profits. • We are no longer 30% ahead of other options

  6. Why should you be thinking about it? • The have and have-nots: • Middle class cannot afford us anymore • Must make $100,000 per year to afford us and even • those now get significant financial aid • I-Phone • Do kids need schools as we have known them?

  7. Why should you be thinking about it? • Parental expectations • “If you don’t get straight A’s you are a failure” • Now the “you” is us not the child & • only 250 universities are acceptable • Percent of kids who have been diagnosed with a • learning difference is up

  8. Why should you be thinking about it? • A 21st century library is called a Starbucks • and don’t for one minute think Starbucks isn’t considering how to be a school of the future

  9. Where Do You Start?

  10. Where Do You Start? • Discussion with Board Chair • Discussion with Executive Committee • Discussion with Senior Administrative Team • Select task force comprised of a group from: • Executive Board & Senior Administrative Team • Decide scope of task

  11. Where Do You Start? Create a List of Functions (you could/should consider outsourcing) Housekeeping Substitute Teachers Maintenance Some Online Courses Food Service Transportation Health Services Purchasing College Placement Snow Plowing Business Office Marketing Grounds Keeping Fundraising & Alumni Mgmt. IT Data Management

  12. Where Do You Start? • Create a List of Critical Questions • to ask when considering each opportunity • Create a matrix-spreadsheet for purposes of • prioritizing outcomes • Consider each outsourcing opportunity • Prioritize the opportunities • Develop a plan and timeline for implementation

  13. Internal Cost Cutting Opportunities • Better use of space • Better use of staff time-consolidation of staff functions • Less faculty &/or administration • Better use of available class hours • Less textbooks • Benefit plans • Housing options if a boarding school

  14. Internal Cost Cutting Opportunities • 4 Days per week • Administrative perks • Professional development shift • Reduce curriculum options • End traditional academic school at 10th grade • Sell or lease some of school’s property

  15. Growth Considerations • Late afternoon, evening, & weekend classes for • enrollees & public • Offer a choice: morning or afternoon school • Create partnerships with businesses, other schools, and • colleges • Create professional learning pathways • Have multiple school Admissions packages

  16. Growth Considerations • Offer multiple diplomas • Create new “short” professional programs • Become “think” centers • Become “whole person” development centers • Have “specialization” that you are known for

  17. Looking Beyond 2020

  18. Looking Beyond 2020 • Places to learn won’t be called schools as they will be • out of vogue • Teacher training & college education programs will not • look like they do today • Growth of the mind will not involve taking tests to see • what you remember • Plagiarism will go the way of liquor & pot

  19. Looking Beyond 2020 • Apprenticeships will be required in non-vocational • professions • Youth experentialgrowth center will not need many • administrators • Private schools will in large part be owned by • Universities and businesses • Growth incubators will be where kids who know what • they want to do for the next 3-5 years hang out

  20. Looking Beyond 2020 • Cell phones, computers, T.V.’s, and radios will be gone • Dinner will be prepared by a communication prompt • and ready when you arrive • Newspapers, magazines, and most books will not exist • Cursive writing will be gone • Sports and Arts will be at the center of youth • development • GPA’s will not exist

  21. Those Who Daly Die… Those Who Energize Thrive

  22. ? Contact Information Rich Odell (231) 313-1100 rodell@gmail.com Heads Up Educational Consultin