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Orange County Public Schools. District 3 Town Hall Meeting Pine Castle Elementary School February 11, 2009. Agenda. Orange County district highlights The Budget crisis State revenue update Orange County district budget General Fund and revenue forecast Questions and answers

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Orange County Public Schools

District 3 Town Hall Meeting

Pine Castle Elementary School

February 11, 2009


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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


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  • 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


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  • 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


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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



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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


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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



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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


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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


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Budget Constraints

  • Operating vs. Capital

  • Recurring vs. Non-recurring

  • Class Size reduction

  • Restricted funds

    • Instructional materials, transportation, etc.

  • Florida Lottery

    • Discretionary

    • School recognition


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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


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General Fund Lottery proceeds pay for in the operation of Orange County public schools?

Operating Budget


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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


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What percentage of operating revenue do you think is budgeted directly to schools?

Quiz Question

  • 99%

  • 88%

  • 77%

  • 66%


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OCPS Budget Cuts budgeted directly to schools?

  • 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)


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    2008-2009 Budget Cuts budgeted directly to schools?

    • 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



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    What OCPS is Doing school district

    • Superintendent’s Budget Study Committee

      • Report by end of February

  • Cost-savings ideas from the public, students and employees


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    Budget Study Topics school district

    • 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 


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    Budget Study Topics school district

    • 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


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    Budget Study Topics school district

    • 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


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    Where to cut an OCPS Elementary Budget? school district

    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


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    Where to cut an OCPS Elementary Budget? school district

    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


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    Which of these has the school districtleast severe impact on student education?

    Quiz Question

    • Cut Elementary magnet busing

    • Limit summer school

    • Cut district sponsored field trips


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    Which of these has the school districtleast severe impact on student education?

    Quiz Question

    • Increase class size by 2 or 3

    • Cut district sponsored field trips

    • Cut Elementary magnet busing


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    Which of these has the school districtleast severe impact on student education?

    Quiz Question

    • Merge small elementary schools

    • Reduce/cut Athletics

    • Increase class size by 2 or 3


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    QUESTIONS? school district


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    Recap school district

    The bucks stop here

    in Orange County

    They start in Tallahassee


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    Needed from Legislators school district

    Send more money


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    Needed from Legislators school district

    • 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


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    What school districtYou 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


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    QUESTIONS? school district


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    Thank you for your attention! school district

    E-Mail: [email protected]

    Public Information: 407.317.FIND (3463)

    www.ocps.net


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