HILLDALE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Community Forum January 26-27, 2015 Dr. Kaylin Coody Welcome! And thank you for your time!!! Our schedule I. District update II. School finance III. District priorities – Comprehensive Local Education Plan IV. Your input on priorities V. Wrap up District Update: Enrollment Lower Elementary (PK-2) 640 Students Upper Elementary (3rd-5th) 413 Students Middle School (6-8) 412 Students High School (9-12) 515 Students 1,980 District Enrollment Changes • Increase of 190 students since 2011 • 10% increase – huge for any district • Also seeing changes in demographics • • Now 55% of students in the district live in poverty Over 54% of students are minorities – Hispanic, Black, Native American, Asian • Requests for transfers – over 400 for this school year • We follow a very specific process, largely based on class size District Update: Certified Staff Lower Elementary (PK-2) 24 Certified Gen Ed/ 15 Certified Support 1 Admin Upper Elementary (3rd-5th) 18 Certified Gen Ed/3 Add’l Certified Support 1 Admin Middle School (6-8) 16 Certified Core/12 Add’l Certified Support* 1 Admin High School (9-12) 17 Certified Core/19 Add’l Certified Support* 2.3 Admin *Many in extracurriculars some portion of day/not full-time 3 District Admin School Finance – Types of money General – majority of funds, from local, county, state, federal funds: spent on salaries and general operations Building – specific for facilities: spent on upkeep of facilities Activity – generated from fund raisers/ticket sales: spent as each group specifies Bond – voter approved based on property valuation: spent as bond specifies, usually facilities or transportation Hilldale Finance District valuation: $47,222,813 (value of all property inside the school district) District budget: $12,000,000 (approximately) State aid to district: 62% Federal funds: 13% Local funds: 25% Concerns: state funding is at approximately 2009 levels, sequestration at federal level (est 5-9% reduction), need for local development to increase ad valorem District finance: Bond issues • $7.2 million approved in March, 2013 – 10 year bond • • • • • MS-HS band room – storm shelter MS classrooms/restrooms MS-HS kitchen/cafeteria Elem kitchen/cafeteria QSCB federal funds pay part of interest District Priorities: Comprehensive Local Education Plan (CLEP) & some of our progress in the last year GOAL 1: Provide quality curriculum and instruction that prepare all students for the future using a variety of methods including technology • Implemented full day pre-school • Established HS Video Production class • Increased college classes on campus • Established district plan for pacing guides, lesson plans and grades on-line • Began PLCs for staff to increase focus on individual student interventions • Expanded Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at HS • Disseminated 100 Chrome Books at secondary, 15 Redcats and 60 miniipads at elementary GOAL 2: Provide a safe learning environment for all students and members of the school community • Worked with the City of Muskogee to have 2 School Resource Officers on campus • Implemented safer drop-off and pick-up routes at elementary sites • Completing 3 safe room spaces, enough for all staff and students • Awarded state and national School of Character for strategies implement at the MS • Worked with city, county and state law enforcement to have emergency training in our buildings • Established a contract with Green Country Mental Health to provide services on our campuses GOAL 3: Attract & retain qualified, competent teachers and staff members • This is a HUGE challenge, statewide • Increased training through electronic and on-site formats • Increased structure of PLCs across campus – respect that they ARE the experts and support them to provide for our students • Increased focus and access to technology • Teacher grants through Hilldale Education Foundation and response to PLC notes as incentives • Need to continue to increase recognition! GOAL 4: Provide quality facilities • Nearly $1 million spent on roofs across the district last summer • New facilities through $7.2million bond issue almost complete • Maintenance and custodians working on existing buildings • Purchase of church adjoining elementary campus – NO, we don’t have plans yet! • Another bond issue? Anything before 2023 will raise taxes – how much is ok? SO…here’s your part! • • • • • • Move into groups of 4-6 people Quickly – someone volunteer to lead each group Brainstorm on each goal: No bad ideas! Everyone has a voice Respect all perspectives Each participant will select their top three and tally for the group Goal 1 – Curriculum & Instruction 5 minutes: What else do we need? Think of how we pay for that. 3 minutes: Tally group votes Goal 2 – Safety 5 minutes: What else do we need? Think of how we pay for that. 3 minutes: Tally group votes Goal 3 – Qualified, competent staff 5 minutes: What else do we need to do? Think of how we pay for that. 3 minutes: Tally group votes Goal 4 – Quality facilities 5 minutes: What else do we need? Think of how we pay for that. 3 minutes: Tally group votes Are these the four priorities? • Quality curriculum & instruction • Safety • Qualified staff • Facilities A few announcements • Tomorrow night, Elementary Open House and Community Forum, 5:30/6:30 • Survey re: school calendar; probably next week • District survey: probably end of Feb. – just more ideas • It’s spring. Our legislators are getting ready to go into session. PLEASE get involved! Call or email me anytime. www.oklegislature.gov • YOU must share and gather input! Tell 10 people what you learned tonight. Thank you so much for your time!!!