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FENTON AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS. EDUCATIONAL REFORM: Accepting the challenge; modeling the change. Schools must take the lead in the economic redevelopment of our county and of our state. Reform is good—it is needed. The state and federal government have set the standards, but….

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Fenton area public schools



Accepting the challenge; modeling the change

Reform is good it is needed
Reform is good—it is needed. our county and of our state.

Programs and practices supporting our vision
Programs and Practices Supporting Our Vision but…..

  • Technology

  • Curriculum alignment (in progress)

  • Common assessments (in progress)

  • Willingness to collaborate

  • Development of systems of intervention

  • Foreign language at the middle level

Continued…… but…..

  • Block scheduling at the high school

  • Existing graduation requirements that support the reform movement

  • Competitive student performance at all levels

  • Pursuit of IB Authorization

  • K-12 department chair structure

Continued…… but…..

  • Beyond school programming (after school and summer school programs) integrated with the curriculum

  • Systemic work with data-forming habits

We have laid the groundwork
We have laid the groundwork…. but…..

  • We are ready to meet State standards

  • We are ready to meet Federal standards

  • We are ready to take on International standards

What is the international baccalaureate program
What is the International Baccalaureate Program? but…..

  • A continuous improvement model based on international best practice

  • A set of rigorous standards for instructional organization and delivery

  • An instructional system that teaches our students to think analytically and to share their thinking in a meaningful way

  • An authorizing agency that holds us accountable to meeting the standards

What does ib mean to the community
What does IB mean to the community? but…..

  • It is a world renown educational delivery system

  • Students learn the value of giving back to the community

  • Forces our children to think in the perspective of others

  • Valued by International businesses

What does ib mean to our teachers
What does IB mean to our teachers? but…..

  • IB provides them with the top quality professional development they deserve

  • PD provides them with the tools they need to get our kids to the next level in a competitive market

  • PD is meaningful and can be immediately implemented

  • IB honors the art of teaching

What does ib mean to our students
What does IB mean to our students? but…..

  • They develop a strong knowledge base

  • They practice applying that knowledge to situations around the world

  • They compare their world to the rest of the world

  • They investigate, analyze, and present information to authentic audiences

  • They take their knowledge outside the classroom and use it in multiple situations

What is different about instructional practice within an ib program
What is different about instructional practice within an IB program?

  • Instruction is based on inquiry rather than just being handed the information

  • Students must use the information rather than simply hear the information

  • Students must apply the information to a situation or problem rather than hold the information

  • Students must share their thinking with others rather than only their teacher

Most common question how can you afford to do this
Most common question: program?How can you afford to do this?

Response how can we afford not to do this
Response….. program?How can we afford NOT to do this?

How are we paying for ib
How are we paying for IB? program?

  • Title II funds

  • Fenton Area Public Schools Education Foundation

  • Requested grant dollars from Greater Flint Community Foundation

  • Continuing to research other grant opportunities

Proposal a
Proposal A program?

  • Took funding responsibility away from our district and put it into the hands of the State

  • Took away our community’s right to fiscally support solid academic programming if we so choose

  • Promised equity in school funding (but has not delivered on that promise)

Proposal a1
Proposal A…. program?

….took away our rights, but has not lived up to it’s responsibility!

Fenton area public schools education foundation
Fenton Area Public Schools Education Foundation… program?

  • Is committed in its support of Academics, Athletics, and the Arts

  • Is committed to supporting IB

  • Has pledged $10,000 to the IB program this year

  • Is accepting matching contributions designated to this cause

The foundation
The Foundation… program?

Provides an avenue for the community to support our academic programming


Frees the district from being held hostage by the state!

Deficit spending
Deficit Spending program?

  • 2006-2007:

    • $612,998 – projected deficit spending

    • Cuts equaled $710,000

    • 7.7% fund balance

Major difference
Major Difference? program?

2006-07 we were down 70 students….

approximately $490,000 in revenue

Projected salary expense
Projected Salary Expense program?

  • $640,526 increase in salaries

    • Inclusive of an increase in the salary step schedule

    • Inclusive of a .82% retirement increase

    • Inclusive of the administrative contract which expires in 2008

Key enrollment factors
Key Enrollment Factors program?

  • Birthrate

  • Economics (Jobs, Housing Market, Taxes)

  • Attraction of New Students

  • Retention of Existing Students

  • Competition

    • Curricular and Extra-Curricular Programs

    • Facilities

    • Community

Economics program?

  • Jobs

    • Weak job market impacts youngest families first

  • Housing Market

    • New Homes (Genesee, Livingston, Oakland)

    • Significant # of foreclosures, abandoned homes

  • Taxes/Rates

Attraction of new students 2006 07
Attraction of New Students program?2006/07

  • Non-residents = 4.9% of district enrollment

  • 172 Non-Resident Students Enrolled

  • 53 Resident Students Left

  • Net Gain of 119 Students = $845,852

Projected revenue estimates
Projected Revenue Estimates program?

  • 2007-2008 Student Count Revenue - $25,190,752

    • $7,085 per student

    • Plus $23 equity payment

    • Multiplied by 3544 students (blended)

Enrollment considerations
Enrollment Considerations program?

  • If we are down 150 students:

    • Revenue loss: $1,066,200

  • If we are down 100 students:

    • Revenue loss: $710,800

  • If we are down 50 students:

    • Revenue loss: $355,400

Scenario 1
Scenario #1 program?

  • Best Case:

    • $612,998 deficit carryover from 06/07

    • $640,526 salary increases

    • $355,400 revenue loss (50 students)

    • $1,608,924 in cuts

Scenario 2
Scenario #2 program?

  • Middle of the Road:

    • $612,998 deficit carryover from 06/07

    • $640,526 salary increases

    • $710,800 revenue loss (100 students)

    • $1,964,324 in cuts

Scenario 3
Scenario #3 program?

  • Worst Case:

    • $612,998 deficit carryover from 06/07

    • $640,526 salary increases

    • $1,066,200 revenue loss (150 students)

    • $2,319,724 in cuts

Proactive measures
Proactive Measures program?

  • Summer tax collection

  • Non-homestead renewal with restoration language

  • Early childhood at one site

  • IB Authorization

  • Partnerships with SLPR

  • Partnerships with GISD

  • Partnerships with Baker College

How do we balance the 07 08 budget
How do we balance the 07-08 budget? program?

  • Maximize class size

  • Restructure our support services

  • Realign grade levels

  • Administrative adjustments

How can you help
How can you help? program?

  • Non Homestead tax renewal

  • Citizens for Equity

  • Support the Education Foundation