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. 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!
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) My favorite finding from Ed Glaeser
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.
Whats 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 60s 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
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 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 Linderman - $3,197,632 1939,51,66
Flathead High SchoolSquare Footage 310,507 Glacier High SchoolSquare Footage 242,665 HER Vo-AgSquare Footage 23,142 Linderman Ed. CenterSquare Footage 43,014 Auxiliary ServicesSquare Footage 7,825 Central AdministrationSquare Footage 10,530 Total Square Footage637,683 HS Grounds87 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 RTUs 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 savings FHS – window replacements
Fire Department Report 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
GHS regular maintenance Site Work Parking lot completion Ongoing maintenance HVAC
GHS will also need regular maintentance in the next five years.
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
Instructional Technology With infusion of funds: Passage of May levy to support technology needs 1) Minimally maintain current technology status, but review curriculum and Common Core needs for growing devices and infrastructure Without levy support 1) Maintain current technology status 2) Reduction of connection costs (will be looked at regardless) 3) Thin client 4) Purchasing only refurbished technology Prioritization of must haves -shrinking of current technology through attrition
Educational Technology Technology Nerve Centers and Infrastructure Networks Phone systems Labs Site Allocations Computers/Workstations Science Labs Vocational Technology
Why should the community support a HSBR? Safe and healthy school settings create improved environments for learning Schools are a community asset Our schools are highly used by members of our community for a variety of purposes Upgrades may have a positive impact on energy savings Community jobs created with building projects
Facility Funding – Why a Building Reserve Fund? General Fund Budget Limitations/Caps4 General Fund Voted Levies are for Operational Costs No State Funding in Place for Major Repair of Facilities Voters Must Approve Funding of the Current Plan Not a Bond Issue, No Financing Costs, No Interest Annual Amount Increased after Fire Department Inspection of FHS 5 Yr High School Building Reserve Fund Levy Results Program has been in effect for 23 years until failed levy Nov 2009 1990 to 1995Passed 1995 to 2000Passed 2000 to 2005Passed 2005 to 2010Passed 2010 to 2015Failed $825,583 per year 2011 to 2016Failed$1,195,700 per year 2012 to 2017 To be voted in May 2012 Last five year cycle $100,000 Assessed Value $34.25 Next five year cycle $100,000 ($30 to $35 range)
What if the Levy Fails? Additional cuts to High School General Fund. Items we MUST do in order to meet basic building safety requirements and have access to phones, technology, security systems. HOW MUCH? Building must do Repairs - ongoing Technology - $200,000 per year for infrastructure needs
Edgerton Elementary 56,230 sq ft. Built in 1987 Elrod Elementary 27,052 sq. ft. Built in 1952 / 1978 Hedges Elementary 39,009 sq. ft Built in 1935 /1963/ 1995 Peterson Elementary 30,819 sq. ft Built in 1951/1979/1995 Russell Elementary 33,780 sq. ft. Built in 1938/1951/1974 1987/1995 Kalispell Middle School 168,915 sq.ft. Built in 1969/1992 /2006 Total square footage = 355,805
Elementary Options Short term Maintain current program with additional personnel support in addition to what was provided this year as One Year Only (OYO) Provide the option for a ½ day kindergarten to parents Add personnel to support elementary classroom according to individually designed site plans Move quickly on the more long term solutions
Using every inch of space for teaching and learning.
Elementary Options Long term Run Elementary Operational levy to support short term option for 2012-13 school year Addition to one of our elementary sites (probably Peterson). This would be four classroom wing and a multipurpose room at a cost of approximately $1,300,000 New elementary school (+/- site) bond as a long term solution Seeking alternative solution for elementary central kitchen (cost for renovation of Meridian too high)
Central Administration Building (leases to the library) Old Laser – houses warehouse and print shop Transportation Services – located at Legends Field Bus registration at Linderman mobile Elementary central cooking facility – located at FHS Meridian Warehouse facility – purchased for food services
Support Services Options Move Central Kitchen to new location away from FHS Consolidate services at one location (inclusive of transportation, IT, administration, registration, etc.). Will continue to look for appropriate placement – would probably include the sale of current Central Office, our Warehouse (0ld Laser), and a current warehouse Work with the library to examine lease options that work for both entities Currently have placed two buildings up for possible sale
Funding sources ESCO savings High School Building Reserve Operational levies QZAB bonds TIF funds Quality School grants A new bond A combination of above options
Board of Trustees: thanks you! Anna Marie Bailey Tom Clark Eve Dixon Brad Eldredge Jack Fallon Rob Keller Frank Miller JohnMichael Myers Ivan Lorentzen Mary Ruby Mark Twichel
Thank you to Chamber of Commerce membership for your support. Questions? Evening of Fine Arts – April 3 rd at FVCC Surveys on your tables Fact sheet on your tables Request for sign up for support for levy passage.
Frequently asked questions? Why didnt we address some of the concerns at FHS with the 2006 bond? Fire Code Changes in 2009 provided a heightened awareness of some of the items that needed to be addressed in the fire suppression system such as updating all walls, ceilings, doors, fire alarms, walls, and glass that do not meet code requirements Board direction was to provide FHS students and the FHS community with a similar commons area that was being built for GHS students. What is the impact of poorly maintained schools on property values and property sales? There is strong evidence to support that well maintained schools provide stable and strong property values and property that is much easier to sell. How are Technology Services addressed with the funding provided in the Building Reserve Fund? Access to current computers --- access to the internet --- access to calculators --- smart boards for teachers ---- on line resources --- servers –-- wide area networks –-- web sites for schools --- email ---- telephone --- educational software