Kalispell School District “OUR KIDS - OUR FUTURE”. Why support local schools? Three selfish arguments. I want my kids’ classmates to be smart. A body of research examines the impact of “peer effects” on school performance.
I want my kids’ classmates to be smart • A body of research examines the impact of “peer effects” on school performance. • A higher percentage of high achievers raises academic achievement for everyone. • Positive peer effects and diversity are thought to help school performance.
Finding: “the departure of an additional 1% of high-scoring students increases the percentage of remaining students scoring in the bottom national quartile by about 9%.” A. Dills (Clemson), 2005, Does cream-skimming curdle the milk? A study of peer effects. Economics of Education Review, 24, 19-28
I want my coworkers to be smart • Lower average education is associated with worse social and economic outcomes • There is a relationship between the number of years of schooling in a region and productivity (Glasser 2011) • Therefore, lowering real school spending is a bad long-term policy choice!
My favorite finding from Ed Glaeser “If you look across metropolitan areas, as the share of the population with a college degree increases by 10 percent, wages rise by an average of 8 percent for people holding their own skills constant. Holding your own level of education constant, if you work around educated people, you become more productive yourself.” (Glaeser, interview 2011)
How are we doing? • We have confirmed consistent upward trends in the academic skills of our students. • This is more impressive when we consider factors such as the students’ home and social environments. • On almost all measures we compare favorably with other AA high schools in Montana, especially given our socioeconomic status.
What’s next? In 2004 this community supported bonds to build Glacier High School and renovate Flathead High School. In addition we moved to K-5 elementary schools and a middle school model at Kalispell Middle School. We need to maintain our facilities!
Quality Schools lead to a vibrant local economy.. • Parents moving to a community care about the quality of schools • There is a direct correlation between school quality and home values • 77% of the jobs in the 60’s did not require more than a high school diploma; last year 13% of the jobs were considered to require less than a high school diploma • There is a direct correlation among low levels of education, need for social programs and/or rates of incarceration
Creating a Long Range Facility Plan 2012 A plan for our future.
Critical Assumptions Maintain a high standard of excellence in SD5 academics and activity programs and create flexible spaces that allow for programmatic changes Relieve overcrowding in schools by creating a long range facility plan that considers enrollment, redistricting, curriculum offerings and student needs Create a plan that provides for ongoing upgrades, maintenance and safety needs Establish a facility plan that allows for the creation of learning environments and technology options that meet the diverse needs of each student Provide for an infrastructure that includes space for meetings, professional development, food service and other central services
Process • Formation of committee • Collection of survey/needs assessments • Brainstorming of all options • Large group meetings • Designation of sub committees • External meetings • Gathering, compiling and sharing of information • Site visits to all facilties • Coordination for cost estimates • Fine tuning of options (inclusive of pros and cons)
Areas of Focus • Support Services: transportation, food services, maintenance, warehouse, and print shop services • High School: maintenance and upgrades • Instructional Technology: infrastructure and education devices • Elementary Options: maintenance, upgrades and new spaces due to overcrowding
High School Options • ESCO Projects (inclusive of boilers, air, heating systems, etc.) interview potential companies this spring • HS Reserve Dollars for life/safety issues and ongoing building maintenance (on May ballot) for • Linderman Education Center • Flathead High School • Resurfacing track at Legends • Vo-Ag • Glacier High School • Future bond (issues to include new gym, reduction of exits, addition of classrooms, etc.)
YOUR High School Facilities Linderman - $3,197,632 1939,51,66 Flathead High School - $33,790,055 1935,49,52,57,60,69,87, 07 H.E.R - Vo-Ag - $1,321,750 1977 Aux Services LASER - $566,145 1952
Your High School Facilities Flathead High School Square Footage 310,507 Glacier High School Square Footage 242,665 HER Vo-Ag Square Footage 23,142 Linderman Ed. Center Square Footage 43,014 Auxiliary Services Square Footage 7,825 Central Administration Square Footage 10,530 Total Square Footage 637,683 HS Grounds 87 Acres Total FHS, GHS, Athletic Complex, Parking, Roads, Asphalt Our request is less than $2.00 per square foot
What does a High School Building Reserve pay for in a district? Technology Maintenance
Facility Improvement/Safety • Student Safety • Fire Department Review • Roofs • Linderman and FHS • GHS Minor Repairs • Boilers/HVAC • FHS RTU’s • FHS Boiler/Steam Lines • GHS Biomass Maintenance • Bldg Repairs • Floors, Ceilings, Walls • Energy Retrofit • Windows • Electrical Service • EPA Requirements • Asbestos Abatement FHS • Outdoor Facilities • Legends Track • Security • Doors and Access • Video Cameras • Health Department • Food Service • Asphalt and Roads • FHS and GHS • Fire Suppression System • FHS and Linderman
FHS Needs Roof Top Units Boilers Masonry Window Replacement Flooring Classroom Repairs Student Lockers Electrical Storm Drain Kitchen Generator Steam/Condensate Systems Ventilation
Energy Efficiency – cost savingsFHS – window replacements
Findings of Significance FHS 2009 Fire Code Changes vs last inspection and findings No fire suppression system/irrigation in place. Emergency power system failing and cannot be tested. Multiple electrical hazards identified. Walls, doors, windows, ceiling tiles, pipes, conduit, wiring, all in need of repair - jeopardize fire resistance rating of the construction. A manual fire alarm system with an approved audible/strobe devices are required throughout the building. Auto shop needs emergency lighting. Extension cords used throughout facility due to lack of electrical connections meeting code in place Fire Department Report
GHS regular maintenance Site Work Parking lot completion Ongoing maintenance HVAC
Other projects: • Linderman upgrades • Resurface the track at Legends • Joint support for the tennis courts used by GHS and FHS located at FVCC • New boiler for Old Laser building