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1 Solutions in Sustainability Presented By : Long-Range Planning Committee A Special Committee of the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee Comprised of Select Board Representatives from; Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Shelburne, Rowe January 21 st, 2015 How to Insure the Long-Term Sustainability for Public Education Within the Mohawk Trail Regional School District

2 Mohawk Trail Regional School District Long-Range Planning Committee Members Bob Aeschback, MTRSD School CommitteeSusan Gleason, Rowe Select Board Beth Bandy, Charlemont Select BoardJoe Judd, Shelburne Select Board, Chair Ron Coler, Ashfield Select BoardSheila Litchfield, Heath Select Board Robert Dean, Buckland Select BoardJohn Sears, Hawley Select Board Judy Feeley, Plainfield Select Board, Alt. Larry Shearer, Colrain Donald Freeman, Heath Finance Com Chris Stockman, Plainfield Mission Statement Mohawk District member towns partnering to explore and communicate to stakeholders the options for a financially sustainable, quality public education for the next 20 years.

3 Presentation Note(s) 1.White Paper – This PowerPoint presentation is to be considered a supplemental resource and is intended to be viewed in conjunction with a detailed white paper entitled “Sustainable Schools: Recommendations for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District”, dated January 21, 2015. 2.Regional School District Comparisons: Pioneer Valley School District - Bernardston, Northfield, Leyden, and Warwick Nashoba School District - Bolton, Lancaster, and Stow 3.Dates and Date Ranges Vary – Although some of the data varies with respect to date ranges, this committee has focused primarily on analysis of data trends. 4.Data Hot Links – Dynamic in nature & located at bottom of each slide. 5.District-Wide – Presentation focuses on district-wide data.

4 Today’s Presentation Understanding the Sustainability of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District (MTRSD) Sustainable Solution Social Students Community support Regional Agreement Economic School buildings Financial support from towns Financial support from state Transportation Education School culture Qualified staff Standards High Academic Performance Three Components Social Economic Education

5 Elements of the Social Component The Concept of a Local School Enrollment Population Demographics Community Support Regional Agreement Economic Education Social

6 The Concept of a Local School – A Sense of Place Social Pride Reflection of the Community A Gathering Place Innovation – Increase Community Involvement

7 The Mohawk Trail Regional K-12 School District Social An Overlying Perspective; Of the 322 operating public school districts in MA, 35 are K-12 regional districts At 253 square miles, the MTRSD constitutes the largest school district in the State. With current, low student enrollment, we are the least-dense in terms of students per square mile. http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/regional/ Bound together by an 8-Town, Regional Agreement with special consideration with regard to the town of Rowe.

8 http://www.massschoolbuildings.org/node/40717 Social 1958 Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School Opens 1952 Colrain Central School Opens Population of the Regional Communities (1940 – 1990) A Snapshot of the Development of our School Infrastructure 1967 Mohawk Trail Regional High School Opens April, 1988 NESDEC Report –” A Statement of Needs” New England School Development Council

9 Social (NESDEC) April, 1988 Report – A Statement of Needs District Wide1613177419492192 Study Team:NESDEC Exec. Dir. John R. Sullivan, & Sally Von Benken, Admin. Asst. Consultants Bedros Kamitian & Corridon R. Trask

10 http://www.massschoolbuildings.org/node/40717 Social 1958 Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School Opens 1998 Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School Last Renovation 1952 Colrain Central School Opens 1997 Colrain Central School Last Renovation 1997 Heath Elementary School Opens Population of the Regional Communities (1950 – 2000) A Snapshot of the Development of our School Infrastructure 1967 Mohawk Trail Regional High School Opens 1998 Mohawk Trail Regional High School Last Renovation April, 1988 NESDEC Report –” A Statement of Needs” New England School Development Council 1997 Sanderson Academy Opens

11 MTRS District Population (15.7% Increase over 1940 Population) (1.4% Increase over 1970 Population) http://pep.donahue-institute.org/ & http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents MA State Population (58.4% Increase over 1940 Population) (20.2% Increase over 1970 Population) Social

12 http://pep.donahue-institute.org/ & http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents The Regional Communities Six Decades of Population Growth Decade to Decade - Percent Change in Population Social Projected

13 MTRSD Enrollment Trends (1995 – 2013) http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/profiles/student.aspx?orgcode=07170000&orgtypecode=5&&fycode=2013 Social

14 PreK-12 Enrollment (1998 – 2013) A Comparison of Growth Rates With State & Other Regional School Districts http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/statistics/ Social

15 Enrollment Data for Students Living Within Our Towns 2010 Through 2014 Social MTRSD Superintendent’s Office Note - Out-of District Public = School Choice or SPED

16 Instructional Capacity vs. Actual Enrollment – 2015 MTRSD Superintendent’s Office Social Totals - 1,715 975 56.8% Instructional Capacity: The maximum number of students that can be educated within the school building using current instructional methods. This number has been provided by current school administrators (principals). Design Capacity: The maximum number of students that can be educated within the school building according to the Massachusetts School Building Authority at the time the building was constructed.

17 Period From 2005 – 2013 Student/Teacher Ratio A Comparison With State & Other Regional School Districts http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/profiles/teacher.aspx?orgcode=07170000&orgtypecode=5&&fycode=2004 Percent Variance From State Avg. Average Students/Teacher Ratio Social

18 Complications Present in a Regional School Governance by Regional Agreement Social To implement measures that would improve education in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will require that changes be made to the current regional agreement. Amending the regional agreement requires unanimous approval by all member towns.

19 Complications Present in a Regional School Governance by Regional Agreement Social For example; 1.Certain sections that define the rights and responsibilities of the Town of Rowe and the Mohawk District need to be updated. 2.Another section of the regional agreement that speaks to Mohawk’s role with the four towns with non-operating vocational school departments is outmoded and ignored, leaving that role entirely undefined. 3.The existing agreement does not empower member towns to pursue, on their own or in collaboration with other member towns, cost-saving solutions to problems of student enrollment and educational efficiency.

20 Elements of the Economic Component Education Social Economic School Buildings Financial Support From Towns Financial Support From State Transportation

21 The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Economic A Large Institution; Employing a staff of 232 (fte) persons Overseeing a budget with expenses in excess of 17 million dollars MTRSD Superintendent’s Office

22 Education as a Function of General Fund Expense http://www.mass.gov/dor/local-officials/municipal-data-and-financial-management/data-bank-reports/municipal-actual-revenues-and-expenditures.html Economic Note – includes all educational expenses Massachusetts Department of Revenue Division of Local Services Municipal Databank/Local Aid Section General Fund Expenditures

23 http://www.mass.gov/dor/local-officials/municipal-data-and-financial-management/data-bank-reports/municipal-actual-revenues-and-expenditures.html Economic On average, the MTRSD participating towns pay 4.78% more as a function of their total town expense than do other MA towns. With the total expense of all 8 member towns being $20,047,832, 4.78% is equivalent to $957,318 Education as a Function of General Fund Expense

24 Regional Transportation Reimbursement The Law – MGL Title Xll Chapter 71 Section 16C Economic Title Xll Chapter 71 Section 16C. The regional school district shall be subject to all laws pertaining to school transportation; and when the agreement provides for the furnishing of transportation by the regional school district, the regional school district shall be obliged to provide transportation for all school children in grades kindergarten through twelve and the commonwealth shall reimburse such district to the full extent of the amounts expended for such transportation; provided, however, that no reimbursement for transportation between school and home shall be made on account of any pupil who resides less than one and one-half miles from the school of attendance, measured by a commonly traveled route. The commonwealth shall further reimburse such district to the full extent of the amounts expended for the transportation of pupils between school and a child care center licensed or approved by the department of early education and care or a child care facility which is part of a public school system or a private, organized educational system, in accordance with standards approved by the school committee; provided, however, that no reimbursement shall be made if the distance between the school and said facility is less than one and one-half miles, measured by a commonly traveled route, nor shall reimbursement be provided for transportation to a day care facility located outside the boundaries of the regional school district. The state treasurer shall annually, on or before November twentieth, pay to the regional school districts, subject to appropriation, the sums required for such reimbursement and approved by the commissioner of education. https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXII/Chapter71/Section16C

25 Transportation A Comparison of Public Road Miles Within Regional School Districts (K-12) Mohawk District Public Road Miles Ashfield 83.19 Buckland 50.5 Charlemont 57.55 Colrain 86.32 Hawley 48.53 Heath 59.53 Plainfield 48.78 Rowe 36.24 Shelburne 59.18 TOTAL 529.82 Pioneer Valley District Public Road Miles Bernardston 58.07 Northfield 83.73 Leyden 38.08 Warwick 64.49 TOTAL 244.37 Nashoba Valley District Public Road Miles Bolton 64.81 Lancaster 71.15 Stow 59.94 TOTAL 195.9 2013 Student Enrollment 3,399 2013 Student Enrollment 1,055 2013 Student Enrollment 1,007 http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/profiles/student.aspx?orgcode=07170000&orgtypecode=5& 2013-2014 Massachusetts Municipal Directory Economic

26 Transportation Reimbursement An Expense Comparison Within Regional School Districts (K-12) Number of Students Per Road Mile http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/profiles/student.aspx?orgcode=07170000&orgtypecode=5& 2013-2014 Massachusetts Municipal Directory http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/transportation/ Economic

27 Regional Transportation Reimbursement State Reimbursement to Our Regional District - A Six Year Perspective Had we been reimbursed the full 100%, over the same period, an additional $1,574, 738 would have flowed into the district http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/profiles/student.aspx?orgcode=07170000&orgtypecode=5& 2013-2014 Massachusetts Municipal Directory http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/transportation/ Economic Note – Does not include vocational

28 School Expense as Compared with Enrollment Economic 717MOHAWK TRAIL expenditurespupils FY0518,409,0001,524.6 FY0618,940,9811,418.9 FY0718,943,2611,371.1 FY0819,042,8991,211.2 FY0918,543,8631,248.6 FY1018,666,4631,151.2 FY1118,363,6401,209.1 FY1217,882,9861,181.5 FY1318,216,8061,119.5 http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/statistics/ppx13.html

29 School Expense Represented on a Per Pupil Basis Economic 717MOHAWK TRAIL Per Pupil Expenditure DistrictMA Average FY05$12,075$10,600 FY06$13,349$11,210 FY07$13,816$11,858 FY08$15,722$12,448 FY09$14,852$13,006 FY10$16,215$13,047 FY11$15,188$13,354 FY12$15,136$13,652 FY13$16,272$14,000 http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/statistics/ppx13.html

30 Period From 2005 – 2013 Total Cost Per Pupil A Comparison With State & Other Regional School Districts http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/statistics/ppx13.html Percent Variance From State Avg. Period Average Economic

31 http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/statistics/ppx13.html Economic Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Total Expenditure Per Pupil, All Funds, By Function, FY13 717MOHAWK TRAIL 319 of 324 districts reporting In-District FTE Average Membership = 999.6 Out-of-District FTE Average Membership = 119.9 grants,totalfunction as expend-state Total FTE Average Membership = 1,119.5general fundrevolving andexpenditurespercentage iture peraverage appropriationsother fundsall fundsof total pupilper pupil Administration539,2175,760544,9772.99 545.20482.10 Instructional Leadership1,165,721176,0681,341,7897.37 1,342.33878.51 Classroom and Specialist Teachers4,444,676927,8745,372,55029.49 5,374.705,287.36 Other Teaching Services1,531,323105,9401,637,2638.99 1,637.921,084.86 Professional Development97,32521,615118,9400.65 118.99224.88 Instructional Materials, Equipment and Technology269,873126,930396,8032.18 396.96410.28 Guidance, Counseling and Testing439,5200 2.41 439.70402.53 Pupil Services1,426,787647,7002,074,48711.39 2,075.321,296.64 Operations and Maintenance1,627,9007,2651,635,1658.98 1,635.821,061.04 Insurance, Retirement Programs and Other3,136,79256,6463,193,43817.53 3,194.722,360.06 Expenditures Within The District14,679,1342,075,79816,754,932 16,76213,488 Expenditures Outside the District 1,350,474111,4001,461,8748.02 12,192.4421,378.71 TOTAL EXPENDITURES 16,029,6082,187,19818,216,806100.00 16,272.2713,999.20 percentage of overall spending from the general fund88.0% District 2013 Expenditures Comparison to State Averages

32 Period From 2005 – 2013 Maintenance & Operation Expense Per Pupil A Comparison With State & Other Regional School Districts http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/profiles/finance.aspx?orgcode=07170000&orgtypecode=5& Percent Variance From State Avg. Period Average Economic

33 Capital Expense – Current MTRSD Superintendent’s Office Economic

34 Capital Expense – Future MTRSD Superintendent’s Office Economic

35 Elements of the Education Component Social Economic School Culture Qualified Staff Standards Academic Performance Education

36 Our Regional Towns – Having Signed The Recently Developed Non-Binding Broadband Initiative Alford Ashfield Becket Blandford Charlemont Chesterfield Colrain Cummington Egremont Goshen Hawley Heath Leyden Middlefield Monterey Montgomery New Ashford New Marlborough New Salem Peru Plainfield Rowe Royalston Sandisfield Shutesbury Tolland Tyringham Warwick Washington Wendell West Stockbridge Windsor Worthington Educational The School Administration, School Committee, and the Regional Towns need to be more vocal and support an affordable broadband initiative that keeps pace with the expectations of parents interested in providing their children with a quality education.

37 1. Share School Buildings 2. Produce Alternative Energy for Heating, Electricity, and Revenue Generation 3. Pursue Full Reimbursement of Regional Transportation Costs from the State 4. Conduct Student Exit Surveys 5. Incorporate a “Rurality” Factor in Chapter 70 State Aid Formula 6. Enhance On-The-Ground Familiarity of School Committee Members with the District’s Operations 7. Support the Drive for High-Speed Internet 8. Proposed Changes to the Regional Agreement A.Section XIV – Amendments B.Section IIIB - Pupils Entitled to Attend the Regional Elementary Schools C.Section IIIE - Vocational and Trade School Pupils D.Section II – Type of Regional District - Pre-K District-Wide Uniformity E.Section X – Local Education Councils Recommendations Social EconomicEducation Seeking Sustainable Solutions Solutions

38 Reduce Operating Expenses (Heating) Through a Transition to Wood Heat Solutions MTRSD Superintendent’s Office Transition from Fossil Fuels ($387,000 ± /yr) to Wood Chips or Pellets Environmentally sustainable Benefits the local economy Feasibility rpts. done for three schools  Mohawk Regional High School  Buckland Shelburne Elementary School  Colrain Central School In VT, one out of every three students attend public schools heated with renewable fuels. Dollar Savings in Operating Costs over Current Fuel Consumption CO2 Offset from Conversion to Wood 30 Years after Conversion Mohawk Trail Regional School 78,142 Gal. Propane437 Tons$1,700,000 Buckland Shelburne Elementary School 26,951 Gal. of Oil272 Tons$2,400,000 Colrain Elementary School 14,384 Gal. of Oil145 Tons$1,200,000 Total Savings$5,300,000

39 Reduce Operating Expenses (Electricity) Through a Transition to Solar Energy Solutions http://www.621energy.com/case-studies/hoosac-valley-middlehigh-school/ 621 Energy reported that the school saved $30,000 last year in electricity costs and is expected to save more in 2015. Mohawk High School is a perfect site for roof-mounted solar panels because of its south-facing orientation and metal roof. The LRPC recommends that a) the District ask 621 Energy to do a free assessment of the Mohawk building and make a proposal as soon as possible; b) the District explore the cost of owning a solar array outright. Substantially Reduce Today’s Electricity Expenses ($248,000 ± /yr)

40 Mission Statement Mohawk District member towns partnering to explore and communicate to stakeholders the options for financially sustainable, quality public education for the next 20 years. Questions? Mohawk Trail Regional School District Long-Range Planning Committee A Special Committee of the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee Members Bob Aeschback, MTRSD School CommitteeSusan Gleason, Rowe Select Board Beth Bandy, Charlemont Select BoardJoe Judd, Shelburne Select Board, Chair Ron Coler, Ashfield Select BoardSheila Litchfield, Heath Select Board Robert Dean, Buckland Select BoardJohn Sears, Hawley Select Board Judy Feeley, Plainfield Select Board, Alt. Larry Shearer, Colrain Donald Freeman, Heath Finance Com Chris Stockman, Plainfield


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