Pomfret Board of Education Presentation March 26, 2014
OUTLINE • Guiding Beliefs • Leadership Principles • Overall “Return on Investment” • Pomfret Data • 2014/2015 Budget • Where we are going… • Feedback/Data Collection
Woodstock Academy Guiding Beliefs Vision Woodstock Academy is a student-centered school which emphasizes individual growth and development through student engagement in diverse instructional opportunities effectively managed by an empowered faculty, supported by a participating community, and characterized by the highest global values of a rapidly changing world. Mission Woodstock Academy prepares ALL students for a lifetime of learning by providing academic rigor, a safe environment, and a diversity of educational experiences which will foster a sense of respect for self and others, and will encourage active investment in family, school, community, and the world. Motto RESPICE FUTURUM “Look to the Future”
The Woodstock Academy Investment Over 42 co-curricular activities that appeal to a variety of unique students—the Academy offers something for everyone! From Earthsave to Robotics and more! 55% of all students are a part of an athletic team ~~ 62% of fall athletes made the Honor Roll Five different Music organizations: Pep Band, Jazz Band, Drum-line, Hill Singers, and Tri-M. Thirty-four (34) opportunities for students to earn college credit (AP and ECE) Six different World Languages (Spanish, Italian, French, Mandarin, German and Latin) Over 80 unique electives, including; Entrepreneurship, Alternative Energy and Construction, Biotechnology, and Digital Media Production. 105 CAPT scholars ~~ 18 had perfect 5’s. Four foreign trips offered each year including a service-learning trip to Haiti. Three Unified Sports Teams with 51 athletes (Soccer, Bowling and Basketball) Eight Honor Societies: National Honor Society, Athletic, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Mandarin, and Tri-M. Math to be added soon. Nationally recognized Art, Music, and International Relations programs
The Woodstock Academy Investment Higher CAPT scores than the state, DRG, and Windham County averages on all four CAPT subtests. Four students were accepted into UCONN’s prestigious Chemistry SECRET Program. (Only 8 students are accepted from the entire state) 24 AP Scholars 6 were from Pomfret (largest single town distribution) The Music Department received over 20 awards and special recognitions at various competitions and festivals throughout the country. SAT scores are significantly higher (46 points on average) than Windham Country scores, and are also higher than the state average on the writing and reading subtests. Quiz Bowl Team placed 3rd in the Chemistry Olympiad. 95.3% of the Class of 2013 continued their education (college or Armed Services) Manufacturing Team won three awards at the 10th Annual High School Manufacturing Expo for their remote-controlled vertical power strip design. Model UN Program received 12 awards at four conferences. 99.6% Graduation Rate Digital Media Production and Environmental Science collaborated with the Last Green Valley and the Department of the Interior to create a video on water trail from Southbridge to Norwich. The video was presented to the Library of Congress in the Fall.
Enrollment Trend Student Maximum based on current staffing, programming and facilities. (1040)
2014/2015 Fiscal Plan Strategies • The fiscal plan was developed with the Woodstock Academy Vision and the Mission as its foundation and with the belief that the Academy should prepare all students for the 21st Century economy. • The motto of the Academy is “Look to the Future.” The fiscal plan was designed to continue to invest in a diversity of programs for Academy students, increase the marketing presence in the region, and to increase educational excellence while maintaining reasonable costs for sending districts. • Today’s investment leads to tomorrow’s success in our region and beyond. • The major areas of focus are: • Programmatic enhancements based on current data trends and needs; • Overall student and campus safety; • Execution of the Enrollment Management Plan to maintain maximum efficiency and assist sending districts; and • Employing areas of efficiency that benefit the Academy for the long-term and help to prepare students for the 21st Century economy.
2014/2015 Endorsed Tuition Rate SENDING TOWN/INTERNATIONAL TUITION RATE: $12,617 ($483 INCREASE PER STUDENT) PRIVATE STUDENT TUITION RATE: $13,500
Significant Regular Operating Investments: • Universal ReadiStep and PSAT Testing • Full funding for Ice Hockey Program • Upgrade campus-wide camera system • Upgrade website used for development and admissions • Late bus run (looking to add Pomfret stop) • Continue shift from textbooks to on-line options • Significant changes to the ACES program • Out-source some aspects of the technology department • Significant Private Tuition Budget Investments: • New mathematics teacher in response to the impact of the International Program • Additional funding for conference and travel, increasing recruitment in Europe and South America. • Restore the Director of Public Relations • Restore a Marketing/Public Relations Budget • Completion of sewer project for The Avis Spalding House • Putnam Property (efficiency) • Add to Academy reserves
Where we are going……… • Development of a Woodstock Academy 2030 – Fifteen Year Strategic Plan • “A tablet in every hand” – 1:1 Program • Growth of relevant vocational, career and technical offerings • Modify the GPA structure – more equitable • Historic Grants: Academy Building and Avis-Spalding Barn • Hyde Building Upgrades – Art, Music and Field House • Academic Newsletter • Comprehensive recruitment and hiring handbook • Expand parent/Academy partnerships • Execute comprehensive marketing plan • Expand development office efforts.
Feedback/Data Collection… • Where can the Academy improve? • What do we do well? • We really want to hear from you; you are our some of our most important educational partners. • Thank you for allowing me to speak with you this evening. • Thank you to all the staff that work to prepare some of the greatest students to walk the Academy campus