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1 The Challenges Facing NH Educational System Leaders Is it about money, ego, status or a mission?

2 New Hampshire School Systems 167 School Districts 167 School Districts Organized into 87 School Administrative Units Organized into 87 School Administrative Units 87 Superintendents 87 Superintendents Various types….cities, cooperatives, school districts, JMA, and combinations. Various types….cities, cooperatives, school districts, JMA, and combinations. 167 School Districts 167 School Districts Organized into 87 School Administrative Units Organized into 87 School Administrative Units 87 Superintendents 87 Superintendents Various types….cities, cooperatives, school districts, JMA, and combinations. Various types….cities, cooperatives, school districts, JMA, and combinations.

3 What is a system leadership job like? How would you describe it? How would you describe it?

4 SPINNING PLATES

5 A School System Roles and Functions Personnel Finance Curriculum & Instruction Student Services Maintenance & Capital Improv. Communication & Community Relations

6 System Leaders Difficult jobs but great missions in life.

7 School Superintendency in NH 87 positions in positions in are female (29%) and 61 males 26 are female (29%) and 61 males 20 (23.2%) are serving in their first or second year of service in that position 20 (23.2%) are serving in their first or second year of service in that position Each year NH has a 10-15% turnover Each year NH has a 10-15% turnover there are 14 open positions (16.3%) there are 14 open positions (16.3%) New England has a higher rate New England has a higher rate 87 positions in positions in are female (29%) and 61 males 26 are female (29%) and 61 males 20 (23.2%) are serving in their first or second year of service in that position 20 (23.2%) are serving in their first or second year of service in that position Each year NH has a 10-15% turnover Each year NH has a 10-15% turnover there are 14 open positions (16.3%) there are 14 open positions (16.3%) New England has a higher rate New England has a higher rate

8 Challenges for System Leaders that we know so far…… Challenge One Challenge One Very challenging economy Very challenging economy National and world economy National and world economy State declining revenues State declining revenues Increasing local property taxes Increasing local property taxes Growth of tax caps and more Growth of tax caps and more Challenge One Challenge One Very challenging economy Very challenging economy National and world economy National and world economy State declining revenues State declining revenues Increasing local property taxes Increasing local property taxes Growth of tax caps and more Growth of tax caps and more

9 Applied Economic Research9 Expenditures Rise Twice Rate of Inflation

10 Applied Economic Research10 Major Categories All Increase

11 NHSAA11 Total Tax Payment TownAvg Home Selling Price MLS 2007 Total Tax Rate Total Tax Payment Alton233, , Berlin83, , Colebrook104, , Exeter282, , Bedford334, , Londondrry305, , Nashua252, , Newport145, ,183.00

12 Applied Economic Research and NHSAA12 Some Qualitative Observations State revenues are stressing out (See NHCPP) State revenues are stressing out (See NHCPP) Real estate transfer tax is down 15% Real estate transfer tax is down 15% Business profits (if not all revenues) tax will probably disappoint Business profits (if not all revenues) tax will probably disappoint Demographics are unfavorable Demographics are unfavorable Enrollment is declining and population is aging—fewer school advocates Enrollment is declining and population is aging—fewer school advocates In 1950’s 50+% were in public school K-12; in % must be serviced in public schools In 1950’s 50+% were in public school K-12; in % must be serviced in public schools Increase in age 55+ housing Increase in age 55+ housing “Special needs” students (IDEA, 504, at-risk and more) are on the rise “Special needs” students (IDEA, 504, at-risk and more) are on the rise Falling property values portend higher tax rates Falling property values portend higher tax rates Does not affect spending, per se, but taxpayers are sensitive to the rate Does not affect spending, per se, but taxpayers are sensitive to the rate This is contrary to the recent experience of rising values and falling rates, despite higher spending This is contrary to the recent experience of rising values and falling rates, despite higher spending Slower pace of new construction Slower pace of new construction Emergence of “tax caps” Emergence of “tax caps” State revenues are stressing out (See NHCPP) State revenues are stressing out (See NHCPP) Real estate transfer tax is down 15% Real estate transfer tax is down 15% Business profits (if not all revenues) tax will probably disappoint Business profits (if not all revenues) tax will probably disappoint Demographics are unfavorable Demographics are unfavorable Enrollment is declining and population is aging—fewer school advocates Enrollment is declining and population is aging—fewer school advocates In 1950’s 50+% were in public school K-12; in % must be serviced in public schools In 1950’s 50+% were in public school K-12; in % must be serviced in public schools Increase in age 55+ housing Increase in age 55+ housing “Special needs” students (IDEA, 504, at-risk and more) are on the rise “Special needs” students (IDEA, 504, at-risk and more) are on the rise Falling property values portend higher tax rates Falling property values portend higher tax rates Does not affect spending, per se, but taxpayers are sensitive to the rate Does not affect spending, per se, but taxpayers are sensitive to the rate This is contrary to the recent experience of rising values and falling rates, despite higher spending This is contrary to the recent experience of rising values and falling rates, despite higher spending Slower pace of new construction Slower pace of new construction Emergence of “tax caps” Emergence of “tax caps”

13 Some Qualitative Observations Continued….. Counties (and towns and cities) may demand a larger chunk to fund social services, especially nursing homes, jails, health services, fuel and more Counties (and towns and cities) may demand a larger chunk to fund social services, especially nursing homes, jails, health services, fuel and more Rising energy costs will compound the impact of rising health insurance and NH Retirement cost pressures Rising energy costs will compound the impact of rising health insurance and NH Retirement cost pressures Increased scrutiny of expenditures by public Increased scrutiny of expenditures by public Weight of the national economy on credit and bond markets will impact public agencies Weight of the national economy on credit and bond markets will impact public agencies Renewed efforts to shift and/or reduce state obligations (E.g CACR, reduced aids…..) Renewed efforts to shift and/or reduce state obligations (E.g CACR, reduced aids…..) And more…………. And more…………. Counties (and towns and cities) may demand a larger chunk to fund social services, especially nursing homes, jails, health services, fuel and more Counties (and towns and cities) may demand a larger chunk to fund social services, especially nursing homes, jails, health services, fuel and more Rising energy costs will compound the impact of rising health insurance and NH Retirement cost pressures Rising energy costs will compound the impact of rising health insurance and NH Retirement cost pressures Increased scrutiny of expenditures by public Increased scrutiny of expenditures by public Weight of the national economy on credit and bond markets will impact public agencies Weight of the national economy on credit and bond markets will impact public agencies Renewed efforts to shift and/or reduce state obligations (E.g CACR, reduced aids…..) Renewed efforts to shift and/or reduce state obligations (E.g CACR, reduced aids…..) And more…………. And more………….

14 Challenge Two Increase regulation and expectations Increase regulation and expectations National – Growing influence ESEA and ARRA National – Growing influence ESEA and ARRA State - Laws, rules and new initiatives State - Laws, rules and new initiatives Local - Economy, changing demographics, increasing student and family needs. Local - Economy, changing demographics, increasing student and family needs. Increase regulation and expectations Increase regulation and expectations National – Growing influence ESEA and ARRA National – Growing influence ESEA and ARRA State - Laws, rules and new initiatives State - Laws, rules and new initiatives Local - Economy, changing demographics, increasing student and family needs. Local - Economy, changing demographics, increasing student and family needs.

15 Challenge Three Increasing difficulty in attracting and retaining school board members. Increasing difficulty in attracting and retaining school board members. Over 927 school board members Over 927 school board members Increasing number not seeking reelection Increasing number not seeking reelection Increasing number not completing their term Increasing number not completing their term 10-20% report poor relationship between system leadership and school board 10-20% report poor relationship between system leadership and school board Increasing difficulty in attracting and retaining school board members. Increasing difficulty in attracting and retaining school board members. Over 927 school board members Over 927 school board members Increasing number not seeking reelection Increasing number not seeking reelection Increasing number not completing their term Increasing number not completing their term 10-20% report poor relationship between system leadership and school board 10-20% report poor relationship between system leadership and school board

16 George Counts, 1925 “As a fountain can not rise higher than its source, a school system can not outstrip the wisdom and good will of its leaders and board of control.” “As a fountain can not rise higher than its source, a school system can not outstrip the wisdom and good will of its leaders and board of control.”

17 The school of my youth What are the needs now?

18 What will future schools need to look like?

19 What will the future be like? v=iI7ZIG1KY10

20 How will we educate ALL children?

21 How will we work with our elected boards - successfully?

22 Nothing is Hypothetical anything can happen and it does……

23 Education needs Leaders to navigate the challenging waters.

24 Are you ready for the new challenges? What might those be in the next 5 years? What might those be in the next 5 years? What do you need to be successful? What do you need to be successful? What might those be in the next 5 years? What might those be in the next 5 years? What do you need to be successful? What do you need to be successful?

25 NHSAA Champions for Children

26 Major Services of NHSAA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ADVOCACY ADVOCACY MEMBER SERVICES MEMBER SERVICES GROUP GROUP INDIVIDUAL INDIVIDUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ADVOCACY ADVOCACY MEMBER SERVICES MEMBER SERVICES GROUP GROUP INDIVIDUAL INDIVIDUAL

27 Membership and services Superintendents and ALL members Superintendents and ALL members Regional meetings, network, PD calendar Regional meetings, network, PD calendar And all member services. 280 members and only 87 Superintendents Superintendents and ALL members Superintendents and ALL members Regional meetings, network, PD calendar Regional meetings, network, PD calendar And all member services. 280 members and only 87 Superintendents

28 Assistants, Special Education, Business Leaders, and others Assistants Assistants Access to all services Access to all services CIA network CIA network PD Calendar PD Calendar Business Business Access to all services Access to all services Collaboration with NHASBO Collaboration with NHASBO Special Education Special Education Access to all services Access to all services NHSAA - SESC NHSAA - SESC Collaboration with NHASEA Collaboration with NHASEA Assistants Assistants Access to all services Access to all services CIA network CIA network PD Calendar PD Calendar Business Business Access to all services Access to all services Collaboration with NHASBO Collaboration with NHASBO Special Education Special Education Access to all services Access to all services NHSAA - SESC NHSAA - SESC Collaboration with NHASEA Collaboration with NHASEA

29 System Leaders Difficult jobs but great missions in life.

30 Do you have the skills and soul to be a school system leader? We hope so!

31 What will be our next challenges????? And more…… G1KY10 G1KY10


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