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District Presentation Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Southern Tioga School District Section 780 Hearing Addressing the closure of either the North Penn High School or the Liberty Elementary School which would move students to Liberty HS. Mr. Keith Yarger Stephanie DiVittore

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district presentation tuesday september 4 2012

District Presentation Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Southern Tioga School District

Section 780 Hearing

Addressing the closure of either the North Penn High School or the Liberty Elementary School which would move students to Liberty HS.

Mr. Keith Yarger Stephanie DiVittore

Superintendent Moderator/Solicitor

agenda
Agenda
  • Opening Remarks
  • Format for Public Participation
  • Critical Issues
    • Key Points Considered
    • Program Considerations
    • Transportation
    • Financial Considerations
  • Timeline
  • Public Testimony
  • Adjournment
southern tioga school district
Southern Tioga School District
  • Mission Statement:
    • The Southern Tioga School District, together with parents and the community, our mission is to develop successful learners who are productive, innovative, and responsible global citizens.
  • Vision Statement:
    • The Southern Tioga School District is an empowered learning community where the curriculum is standards based, rigorous, relevant, and evolving. Our students will learn in a safe environment where unity and diversity are valued. As cornerstones of the communities, our schools will inspire students to be responsible and interdependent global citizens.
opening remarks
Opening Remarks
  • LFS – Essential Question…
    • What is the most cost effective and instructionally sound way to provide a high quality education to our children from Kindergarten through their senior year in high school?

Mr. Keith Yarger Ms. Stephanie DiVittore

Superintendent Moderator/Solicitor

format for participation
Format For Participation
  • Speakers will have up to 3 minutes and must be signed in to share concerns.
  • Please begin your comments with your full name and current address and state if you are a resident of the school district.
  • You may not defer your 3 minutes of time to someone else to speak on your behalf.
  • To email a letter, please send to [email protected]
critical issues
Critical Issues
  • Key Points Considered
  • Program Considerations
  • Transportation
  • Financial Considerations
reference the feasibility studies cra 2012 and quad 3 2009
Reference the Feasibility Studies (CRA) 2012 and (Quad 3) 2009
  • Decline in enrollment district wide through the direction of both studies. (PDE 2020 projections for the district is 1941 students, K-8 = 1,351 & 9-12 = 590. Currently we have 1939 students, K-8 = 1,326 & 9-12 = 615.)
  • Original Construction on NPHS – 1935, LES – 1960, renovations and updates performed on both.
  • Overall Building Evaluations by CRA is NPHS – 2.4, LES – 2.9
  • Both buildings fall between Poor to Fair on the scale
15 year decline in enrollment 579 students
15 Year Decline in Enrollment: 579 Students
  • 1998 = 2518 Students
  • 1999 = 2401 Students
  • 2000 = 2377 Students
  • 2001 = 2420 Students
  • 2002 = 2355 Students
  • 2003 = 2298 Students
  • 2004 = 2314 Students
  • 2005 = 2277 Students
  • 2006 = 2244 Students
  • 2007 = 2169 Students
  • 2008 = 2156 Students
  • 2009 = 2078 Students
  • 2010 = 2035 Students
  • 2011 = 1992 Students
  • 2012 = 1939 Students

District 3rd Day Enrollments

educational opportunities
Educational Opportunities
  • Current Conditions
    • Classrooms in the high schools do not have enough students for the classes to run.
    • Inequality in the high schools.
    • Limitations on what is being offered to students.
    • Lower expectations.
    • Lower number of AP classes.
educational opportunities1
Educational Opportunities
  • Future Conditions
    • Classrooms that will have enough students in them to run the class.
    • Equality across the district for high school students.
    • More offerings to students.
    • Higher Expectations.
    • Higher number of AP classes.
k 8 advantages
K-8 Advantages
  • How does a K-8 Work?
    • Sharing of resources, teachers would not need to travel.
    • Building sectioned off so that students are grouped as K-4 (primary) and 5-8 (middle school theory).
    • Shared spaces scheduled so the two groups will not mix.
    • Keeps students in community for a longer period of time than a K-6 would accomplish.
    • Allows communities to keep extra-curricular activities.
transportation possible cost increases
Transportation Possible Cost Increases
  • LES moves to LHS and LHS (9-12) is transported to North Penn High School
  • 158 Students Impacted

158 HS from LHS to NPHS

Building Capacity CRA 527, Quad 3 over 550

421 Students in building = 79% to 82% capacity

(MHS capacity 640, total student in building 404 = 63% capacity)

  • Anticipated Ride Times:

42 Minutes to 70 minutes

  • Net Cost = $ 27,950
transportation possible cost increases1
Transportation Possible Cost Increases
  • MHS and LHS Remain Open and NPHSStudents are Transferred Out
  • 291 Students Impacted

90 HS from NPHS to MHS

(MHS capacity 640, total student in building 494 = 77% capacity)

33 Elem from BES to WLM

(WLM capacity 579, total student in building 523 = 90% capacity)

168 HS from NPHS to LHS

(LHS capacity 433, total student in building 401 = 93% capacity)

  • Anticipated Ride Times:

26 Minutes to 65 minutes

  • Net Cost = $ 38,624
taxes
Taxes
  • How does the District view taxes in years to come?
    • Taxes have been raised over the past three years to support the building project. Taxes will not be raised again for that purpose.
    • There is no knowledge of what the state will do for future years to support public education.
    • Taxes may be raised in future years for operational costs of the district.
operational costs
Operational Costs?
  • Retirement
    • Districts are taking on more employee retirement responsibilities.
    • 12.36% (12/13) $1,520,000
    • 16.75% (13/14) $2,053,722
    • 21.25% (14/15) $2,613,269
    • 25.56% (15/16) $3,143,301
  • Health Care Costs
    • Raise approximately 10% each year
  • Utilities
    • Rise in utility costs
  • Transportation
    • Rise in transportation costs
revenue challenges of the district
Revenue Challenges of the District
  • State Subsidy
    • 08/09 09/10 10/11 11/12 12/13
    • $14,483,048 $13,419,313 $12,968,876 $13,459,324 $13,746,637
  • Federal Subsidy
    • 08/09 09/10 10/11 11/12 12/13
    • $1,319,726 $2,836,002 $2,907,442 $943,653 $1,350.043
  • Current Budget = $300,000 more than the 2008/09 budget with rising operational costs.
costs
Costs
  • What are the costs that Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates presented for all of the buildings to remain in operation? Let’s take a look at their analysis. WLM is not on this list as they are a new building and CRA stated there was no need for improvements to this building.
    • These costs do not all need to be completed at once, but rather should be examined and taken care of over time.
breakdown of costs
Breakdown of Costs
  • Site Development = parking lot development, site work, walks, ramps, curbs.
  • General Construction = Exterior energy envelope, roof, window, storefront, Interior acoustical ceilings, interior doors, wall and floors, code upgrades, classroom casework, library furnishings.
  • HVAC Construction = Upgrade heating system, upgrade ventilation system, install DDC controls.
  • Plumbing Construction = Upgrade piping and valves, underground piping, ADA compliant toilets, fixture upgrades.
  • Electrical Construction = Lighting fixtures and sensors, power, service, fire alarms.
  • Technology Construction = Wireless clock system, phone, data, paging, security system installation.
liberty high school
Liberty High School
  • Renovations Low High
  • Site Development $200,000 $300,000
  • General Construction $1,442,000 $1,802,500
  • HVAC Construction $1,730,400 $2,163,000
  • Plumbing Construction $576,800 $721,000
  • Electrical Construction $865,200 $1,009,400
  • Technology Construction $288,400 $432,600
  • Potential Total Project Cost$6,428,528 $8,099,910
  • Added to the potential project costs have been the 20% project soft costs and the 5% contingency.
mansfield high school
Mansfield High School
  • Renovations Low High
  • Site Development $200,000 $300,000
  • General Construction $832,580 $1,189,400
  • HVAC Construction $118,940 $237,880
  • Plumbing Construction $118,940 $237,880
  • Electrical Construction $1,427,280 $1,665,160
  • Technology Construction $118,940 $237,880
  • Potential Total Project Cost $3,549,017 $4,873,932
  • Added to the potential project costs have been the 20% project soft costs and the 5% contingency.
north penn high school
North Penn High School
  • Renovations Low High
  • Site Development $250,000 $350,000
  • General Construction $2,394,900 $3,193,200
  • HVAC Construction $1,915,920 $2,394,900
  • Plumbing Construction $638,640 $798,300
  • Electrical Construction $957,960 $1,117,620
  • Technology Construction $478,980 $638,640
  • Potential Total Project Cost $8,361,864 $10,700,752
  • Added to the potential project costs have been the 20% project soft costs and the 5% contingency.
blossburg elementary
Blossburg Elementary
  • Renovations Low High
  • Site Development This would tie in with the NPHS
  • General Construction $1,484,000 $1,855,000
  • HVAC Construction $445,200 $593,600
  • Plumbing Construction $222,600 $296,800
  • Electrical Construction $371,000 $445,200
  • Technology Construction $222,600 $296,800
  • Potential Total Project Cost $3,459,204 $4,394,124
  • Added to the potential project costs have been the 20% project soft costs and the 5% contingency.
liberty elementary
Liberty Elementary
  • Renovations Low High
  • Site Development $250,000 $350,000
  • General Construction $1,490,700 $2,236,050
  • HVAC Construction $1,391,320 $1,490,700
  • Plumbing Construction $397,520 $496,900
  • Electrical Construction $596,280 $695,660
  • Technology Construction $397,520 $496,900
  • Potential Total Project Cost $5,699,408 $7,265,425
  • Added to the potential project costs have been the 20% project soft costs and the 5% contingency.
financial sustainability
Financial Sustainability

How can what we do now, make us financially sustainable for years to come?

By closing a building and reducing staff, the board would be making sustainable cuts to our expenditures. The sustainable cuts would help the district make budget. In closing a building, we would make sustainable cuts of approximately $750,000.

HOWEVER! We never know what Harrisburg will do with the State budget. If further cuts happen to the State budget, it is possible that even making these cuts will not sustain our budget in years to come. Factors that come into play is State Funding, Federal Funding, PSERS, Health Care, Utility Costs, and Transportation.

timelines
Timelines
  • What timelines do we need to follow moving forward for closing a building to allow time for our preliminary budget?
    • August 20 – Legal Advertisement re: Public Hearing for School Closure.
    • September 4 – Public Hearing re: School Closure for the 2013/14 School Year.
    • October 4 – Deadline to Submit Written Comments re: School Closure (30 days post hearing).
    • December 3 – Vote for School Closure for the 2013/14 School Year (90 days post hearing).
timelines1
Timelines
  • When do we need to go out for bid IF we decide that we want to continue to explore the Blossburg building project?
    • IF the board would like to continue with the option of closing Liberty Elementary School and doing the building project, the board would need to give Quad 3 permission to go out to bid at the August 13th board meeting. (Done)
    • WHY??? If the board decides to close Liberty Elementary School and move the students to the High School, Students from Liberty High School in grades 9-12 would need to move up to the new building. By going out to bid in August, this would be possible for the 2013/14 school year. By not going out to bid in August, it would not be a possibility for the students from Liberty High School to move up in 2013/14 to a new building. (Bids would need to be awarded at the beginning of October for the classroom section of the building to be in operation at the beginning of the 2013 school year.)
referendum details
Referendum Details
  • Attorney’s Cox and Winfield were asked the question about referendum. This was their response to the question:

“We are not aware of any statutory power for a School District to conduct a referendum regarding a school closure.”

public testimony reminder
Public Testimony Reminder
  • Speakers will have up to 3 minutes and must be signed in to share concerns.
  • Please begin your comments with your full name and current address and state if you are a resident of the school district.
  • You may not defer your 3 minutes of time to someone else to speak on your behalf.
  • To email a letter, please send to [email protected]
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