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1 1 Welcome! As You Enter 1. Choose any open table 2. Please complete the Participation and Contact Sheet 1

2 22 2010 Referendum: Renewing And Sustaining Our Excellence Community Roundtable October 7, 2009 Westlane Middle School

3 3 Calling the Special Session to Order and Welcome Ms. Cheri Harris, President of the Board of Education 3

4 44 Purposes of Tonight’s Roundtable To describe the current needs and financial state of the district To describe the current needs and financial state of the district To update you on what we learned and experienced since the original Referendum in 2003 To update you on what we learned and experienced since the original Referendum in 2003 To gather input from Community members about the 2010 Referendum To gather input from Community members about the 2010 Referendum

5 5 Our Commitments We are here to share information and to listen. We are here to share information and to listen. We will publish all the input and feedback you give us tonight on our website at http://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/Referen dum.html We will publish all the input and feedback you give us tonight on our website at http://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/Referen dum.html http://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/Referen dum.html http://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/Referen dum.html5

6 6 Some Simple Meeting Norms The restrooms are located outside of the gym. The restrooms are located outside of the gym. Please silence your cell phones. Please silence your cell phones. Be sure you have a pad of Post-It Notes and a pen. Be sure you have a pad of Post-It Notes and a pen. We expect you to write your questions, comments, or concerns on the Post-It notes as we go through the presentation (One per Post-It). We expect you to write your questions, comments, or concerns on the Post-It notes as we go through the presentation (One per Post-It). 6

7 77 A Little Exercise In Who We Are Tonight Stand up if you are the parent of a current MSDWT student. Stand up if you are the parent of a current MSDWT student. Stand up if you are a grandparent of a student in an MSDWT school. Stand up if you are a grandparent of a student in an MSDWT school. Stand up if you are a graduate of North Central High School. Stand up if you are a graduate of North Central High School.

8 88 More Demographics Stand up if you have lived in Washington Township less than 5 years. Stand up if you have lived in Washington Township less than 5 years. Stand up if you have a son or daughter who is a graduate of North Central. Stand up if you have a son or daughter who is a graduate of North Central. Stand up if you were eligible to vote in the 2003 Referendum Election. Stand up if you were eligible to vote in the 2003 Referendum Election.

9 99 Before We Start the Presentation, Each Table Should Complete The Following Tasks: Introduce yourselves to your table mates and tell them how you relate to the district. Fill out the Participant Information and Contact Sheet.

10 1010 First, A Little Background Community Roundtable October 7, 2009 Westlane Middle School

11 11 A Glossary Of Terms General Fund (GF) - The fund where most of the educational personnel expenses in the district are paid. General Fund (GF) - The fund where most of the educational personnel expenses in the district are paid. Capital Projects Fund - A Fund designed originally to pay for Capital projects – repairs, maintenance of facilities, and associated costs. Capital Projects Fund - A Fund designed originally to pay for Capital projects – repairs, maintenance of facilities, and associated costs. Referendum Fund – A fund established by the 2003 Referendum to support the General Fund needs. Referendum Fund – A fund established by the 2003 Referendum to support the General Fund needs. 11

12 1212 The Four Pillars of the Strategic Plan Educational Program Developing Capacity Community Facilities And Resources Raising student achievement by monitoring, evaluating, and improving the quality of our schools Developing the capacity of all district stakeholders (i.e., students, parents, staff, educators, community) to maximize achievement for all students Developing a comprehensive marketing and communication plan to foster positive relationships with our community Developing a comprehensive plan to provide dependable and adequate funding for our excellent schools and to maintain and manage our assets

13 The Power of the Strategic Plan It keeps First Things First – Student Learning It keeps First Things First – Student Learning It is ambitious – For Example, K- 12 International Baccalaureate Initiative It is ambitious – For Example, K- 12 International Baccalaureate Initiative It promotes organizational discipline – Accomplishing the Essential It promotes organizational discipline – Accomplishing the Essential 13

14 1414 The 2003 Ballot Question “For the calendar year immediately following the holding of the referendum, shall the school corporation impose a property tax rate that does not exceed ten cents ($0.10) on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation for a term of seven (7) years and that is in addition to the school corporation’s normal tax rate?”

15 1515 The Promise – A Board Resolution that Neutralized the Increase “Be it further resolved, that the Board of Education authorizes and mandates the reduction of the 2004 Capital Projects Fund tax rate by that same amount, ten ($0.10), contingent upon the successful passage of the education referendum, to offset the Referendum Fund tax rate increase and keep the tax rate the same for those two (2) funds taken collectively for the same 7 year period, 2004-2010, unless additional amounts are allowed or imposed by future statutory changes.”

16 1616 The Literature Said it All

17 1717 Result? The ballot question received more “Yes” votes (80%) than “No” votes (20%). The referendum passed by an overwhelming margin and was a part of the 2004 calendar year budget.

18 1818 A History Of Promises Kept No property tax increase resulted from the referendum – promise kept No property tax increase resulted from the referendum – promise kept Maintaining our educational excellence - promise kept Maintaining our educational excellence - promise kept Spending dollars where they help children most - promise kept Spending dollars where they help children most - promise kept Stable property values - promise kept Stable property values - promise kept Recruiting and retaining the best and brightest teachers - promise kept Recruiting and retaining the best and brightest teachers - promise kept Balancing the GF budget without cutting teachers and programs - promise kept Balancing the GF budget without cutting teachers and programs - promise kept

19 1919 Current Uses of Referendum Teacher Salaries & Benefits 55.0% Teacher Salaries & Benefits 55.0% Classified Salaries & Benefits 12.2% Classified Salaries & Benefits 12.2% Administrative Salaries & Benefits 8.0% Administrative Salaries & Benefits 8.0% Budget Deficit Reduction 10.8% Budget Deficit Reduction 10.8% Operating Balance 14.0% Operating Balance 14.0%

20 2020 Referendum Fund Revenue (Tax rate remains $0.10 every year) 2004$3,922,952 2005$5,450,455 2005$5,450,455 2006$5,795,959 2006$5,795,959 2007 $7,306,278* 2007 $7,306,278* 2008$7,163,670 2008$7,163,670 2009Estimate$5,836,000 2009Estimate$5,836,000 2010Estimate$5,925,000 2010Estimate$5,925,000 The Referendum Revenue has increased because our Assessed Valuation has increased.

21 2121 Assessed Values (AV) 2004 – 2010 YEARAV % INC YEARAV % INC 2004$5,382,473,460 2005$5,326,562,170 (1.03) 2006$5,558,349,400 4.35 2007$6,773,497,436 21.86 2008 $6,763,679,942 (0.15) 2009 (Est)$5,491,106,301 (18.81) 2010 (Est)$5,573,472,896 1.02 The Assessed Valuation Decreased in 2009 because of the new Homestead Deductions.

22 2222 The Referendum’s Impact On The CPF Rate Rate Cap Ref. CPF % of Rate Rate Cap Ref. CPF % of Rate 2004 $0.4167 $0.10 $0.3167 23.99 2005 $0.2611 $0.10 $0.1611 38.30 2006 $0.2609 $0.10 $0.1609 38.33 2007 $0.2245 $0.10 $0.1245 44.54 2008 $0.2245 $0.10 $0.1245 44.54 2009(E) $0.2245 $0.10 $0.1245 44.54 2010(E) $0.2245 $0.10 $0.1245 44.54 The relative impact of the 2003 Referendum on the CPF has grown over the years.

23 2323 So, What Has Changed About The Uses Of The Capital Projects Fund? Fixed and Recurring Costs in CPF Total $9.4 Million and Include: Greater costs for skilled craftsmen, security, and similar needs Greater costs for skilled craftsmen, security, and similar needs Increased energy costs Increased energy costs Aging buildings that are now 7 years older and in need of repairs Aging buildings that are now 7 years older and in need of repairs Technology needs and costs, including a schedule for refreshing technology Technology needs and costs, including a schedule for refreshing technology

24 2424 Part 2:A Short Primer on Our District Finances Community Roundtable October 7, 2009 Westlane Middle School

25 2525 Financial Realities - Revenue Analysis and Inflationary Factors Financial Realities - Revenue Analysis and Inflationary Factors Actual 2004 Actual 2005 Actual 2006 Actual 2007 Actual 2008 Budget 2009 Budget 2010 Actual Revenue 61,750,81760,178,41761,117,32764,636,62467,684,64064,487,81065,032,562 Consumer Price Index 62,675,60864,806,57966,880,38968,753,04171,365,65670,751,911 Schools are funded from a variety sources. The most important source is State support based upon enrollment. The State Funding Formula determines the amount of total revenue schools will receive from the State, to Fund Programs in the General Fund.

26 2626 2008 Marion County Township School Tax Rates 2008 Marion County Township School Tax Rates

27 2727 Historical Notes About Our Financial Performance Historical Notes About Our Financial Performance We ended 2005 with a $547,000 deficit. We ended 2005 with a $547,000 deficit. In 2006-2007 we reduced the General Fund budget by $1.6 million. In 2006-2007 we reduced the General Fund budget by $1.6 million. In 2007 we reduced the budget by about $600,000. In 2007 we reduced the budget by about $600,000. In 2008 Harcourt and Wyandotte were closed to reduce operational needs by $800,000 annually. In 2008 Harcourt and Wyandotte were closed to reduce operational needs by $800,000 annually. The School Board has passed Policy 6210.01 requiring MSDWT to begin to build an operating balance in 2008. The School Board has passed Policy 6210.01 requiring MSDWT to begin to build an operating balance in 2008. We closed out the 2008 budget with a $6.8 Million Operating Balance. We closed out the 2008 budget with a $6.8 Million Operating Balance.

28 2828 Financial Realities and Issues – Our Challenges High quality programming in schools is delivered by talented and dedicated staff. High quality programming in schools is delivered by talented and dedicated staff. Certain costs continue to rise at higher rates than inflation (e.g., health insurance, utilities, other costs related to petroleum, etc.). Certain costs continue to rise at higher rates than inflation (e.g., health insurance, utilities, other costs related to petroleum, etc.). State funding has historically not kept pace with inflationary pressures. State funding has historically not kept pace with inflationary pressures.

29 2929 The Bottom Line There is not enough revenue in the General Fund to support the high quality programming the citizens of Washington Township have demanded for our children. There is not enough revenue in the General Fund to support the high quality programming the citizens of Washington Township have demanded for our children. The State will not solve this problem for us with a significant increase in State funding. The State will not solve this problem for us with a significant increase in State funding.

30 3030 Let’s Pause for a Moment Take a few Moments to jot some Questions, Comments, or Concerns (QCC) on your Post-It Notes Remember – One QCC per note!

31 3131 Part 3: Lessons Learned and Developing a Solution Public Forum October 7, 2009 Westlane Middle School

32 3232 Lessons Learned Since 2003 1. Our Capital Projects Fund (CPF) has developed into a fund that must accommodate fixed and recurring expenses. 2. Technology expenses have grown. 3. Our growing Referendum has increased pressure on our CPF. 4. Our CPF and Referendum Fund will decline in size due to the decrease in our Assessed Valuation (Homestead Tax Deductions and Tax Caps).

33 3333 More Lessons Learned 5. Our aging buildings are going to require more maintenance and extensive repairs to be funded through CPF. 6. The structure of the Current Referendum will continue to reduce the size of the CPF.

34 3434 More Lessons Learned 7. Renewing the referendum must be a grass roots effort on the part of the community to continue the great educational programming of the district. 8. Transparency and openness will be keys in conducting this conversation within our community.

35 3535 Designing the 2010 Referendum Getting on with the Process

36 3636 Principles of the Referendum 1. The Referendum should not constitute an increase in taxes. 2. The School Board’s role is to give the community a financially sound, fiscally responsible, and sustainable plan to continue the excellence of our district by providing additional support for our General Fund.

37 3737 Principles, Continued 3. The passage of the referendum must be a grass roots effort in our community. 4. The referendum must be used to maintain the health of the General Fund and high quality educational programs for our children.

38 3838 Principles, continued 5. The dollar amount raised in the first year of the referendum (2011) must be fixed for the seven year period. 6. We will not build a “cash balance” in the Referendum Fund.

39 393939 Considering Four Options And Their Ramifications Understanding The Results Of Any Action

40 First, A Few Words On the Core Work of the District Our mission is to build the mind and character of every student by teaching the academic, creative, and social skills needed to achieve excellence. Our mission is to build the mind and character of every student by teaching the academic, creative, and social skills needed to achieve excellence. The core functions of the school district are learning and teaching. The core functions of the school district are learning and teaching. 40

41 41414141 Option #1 Do Nothing And Let The Current Referendum Expire At The End Of 2010.

42 4242 Words of Warning About Conjecturing About Future Cuts The primary result would be to reduce the General Fund by $5.3 Million The primary result would be to reduce the General Fund by $5.3 Million The only way to do this is by reducing the number of people and programs available to our children. The only way to do this is by reducing the number of people and programs available to our children. The final plan would look like this. The final plan would look like this. 42

43 434343 What Reducing the GF Budget by $5.3 Million Might Include Eliminate Approximately 45 teaching Positions District Wide $3,000,000 Eliminate Approximately 4.5 Administrative Positions $445,000 Eliminate All Alternative Programs (Academy Six, Youth Support Academy, North Central Technology School) $296,000 Eliminate All Summer School Programs $339,000

44 444444 What Reducing the GF Budget by $5.3 Million Might Include, cont’d. Eliminate 40% of all Elementary Classroom Assistants $472,000 Eliminate 40% of all positions on the ECA schedule (Athletics, fine arts, etc.) $378,000 Eliminate some custodial and classified support positions $321,500 Eliminate all professional development, including the GF commitment to IB $115,000 Total - $5,366,500

45 454545 Beyond The Numbers, What Can People Expect? Class sizes will increase K-12. Class sizes will increase K-12. Some elective and enrichment courses will be eliminated at the high school and middle schools. Some elective and enrichment courses will be eliminated at the high school and middle schools. Safety and order in our schools will be jeopardized a reduction of supervision and student services. Safety and order in our schools will be jeopardized by a reduction of supervision and student services.

46 464646 Beyond The Numbers, What Can People Expect? - Continued Fine arts and athletic programs will be fewer in number. Fine arts and athletic programs will be fewer in number. We could resort to pay-for-play, but equity and access issues will arise as a result of the financial need of many children. We could resort to pay-for-play, but equity and access issues will arise as a result of the financial need of many children. There will be fewer resources for children at risk or in need. There will be fewer resources for children at risk or in need.

47 474747 Beyond The Numbers, What Can People Expect? - Continued There will be fewer opportunities for excellence and enrichment because of fewer higher level academic choices. There will be fewer opportunities for excellence and enrichment because of fewer higher level academic choices. The K-12, IB program will become less viable. The K-12, IB program will become less viable.

48 484848 Beyond The Numbers, What Can People Expect? - Continued The district will become less desirable for talented teachers and administrators. The district will become less desirable for talented teachers and administrators. Continued excellence will be compromised. Continued excellence will be compromised.

49 49 Beyond The Numbers, Is there an Upside of this Option? The budget will be balanced and we will be living within the level of support determined to be adequate through the State Funding Formula.

50 50505050 Option #2 Ask voters to approve a referendum the size of the one we currently have and continue to neutralize the impact of the referendum tax rate against the Capital Projects Fund rate.

51 515151 What Can We Expect with Option 2? Because the fixed and recurring costs in the CPF will remain the same or grow, it will be increasingly more difficult to deal with maintenance of our buildings and emergencies and unforeseen needs. Because the fixed and recurring costs in the CPF will remain the same or grow, it will be increasingly more difficult to deal with maintenance of our buildings and emergencies and unforeseen needs. The tax caps could require us to reduce the revenue available in our CPF. The tax caps could require us to reduce the revenue available in our CPF.

52 52525252 Option #3 Ask voters to approve a referendum that is restructured in a way to lessen the negative impact on the Capital Projects Fund and maintain resources sufficient for great programming.

53 535353 What Can We Expect With Option 3? The total levy of the Referendum would be capped and not grow throughout the term. The total levy of the Referendum would be capped and not grow throughout the term. The School Board would pass a resolution to neutralize the total referendum by reducing the CPF levy. The School Board would pass a resolution to neutralize the total referendum by reducing the CPF levy. The School Board would have to approve a smaller budget reduction program. The School Board would have to approve a smaller budget reduction program.

54 545454 What Can We Expect With Option 3? - continued The CPF would have more room to accommodate fixed and recurring costs as well as technology needs. The CPF would have more room to accommodate fixed and recurring costs as well as technology needs. We could maintain the current Referendum Cash Balance for 2017. We could maintain the current Referendum Cash Balance for 2017.

55 555555 What Can We Expect With Option 3? - continued The educational program and opportunities currently available to students would remain relatively unchanged. The educational program and opportunities currently available to students would remain relatively unchanged.

56 56565656 Option #4 Renew The Referendum In 2010, But Use The New Seven-year Period To Reduce The GF Budget To Eliminate The Need For A Referendum By 2017.

57 575757 What Can We Expect With Option 4? The same level of reductions in Option 1 will result, but the reductions would be phased in over the next seven school years. The same level of reductions in Option 1 will result, but the reductions would be phased in over the next seven school years.

58 5858 Issues Associated with the Reality of Making Budget Reductions Timing and Talent are Critical

59 595959 Timing Issues In order for the reductions to take place in the 2010-2011 school year, we would have to develop two master schedules at each school – one with the reductions, and one without. In order for the reductions to take place in the 2010-2011 school year, we would have to develop two master schedules at each school – one with the reductions, and one without. Instead, the reductions necessary in Option 1 or Option 4 would be phased in during the 2011-2012 school year using the current referendum cash balance as a buffer. Instead, the reductions necessary in Option 1 or Option 4 would be phased in during the 2011-2012 school year using the current referendum cash balance as a buffer.

60 6060 Talent To try to make the reductions, for real or in contingency planning, for the 2010-2011 year, the potential looms for the loss of talent (teachers, administrators, resident and non- resident students) during the window of uncertainty during the 2010 hiring season.

61 Questions About the Effect of the 2010 Referendum Focusing on the Bottom Line 61

62 1. If this Referendum does not pass, will my property taxes decrease? No. If the 2010 Referendum does not pass, we will continue to levy taxes at the level allowed by law in all funds. 62

63 2. Does This Referendum Have to Do With Any Future Referendum to Authorize Construction Projects? No. The 2010 Referendum has no bearing on any future construction referendum. Any future construction projects would have to be approved by voters at the polls through a separate construction referendum process. No. The 2010 Referendum has no bearing on any future construction referendum. Any future construction projects would have to be approved by voters at the polls through a separate construction referendum process. 63

64 6464 Next Task Input on the Four Options

65 65 The Instructions for This Exercise Your table leader will give you four dots. There are charts in the room representing Options 1 through 4. The Options charts are divided into “Acceptable” and “Unacceptable.” In the next five minutes, place one dot on each Option Chart in the Acceptable or Unacceptable Column.

66 6666 Next Table Assignment On your own, take 5 minutes and find the five most significant questions, comments or concerns you have written on your Post-It Notes. On your own, take 5 minutes and find the five most significant questions, comments or concerns you have written on your Post-It Notes. In the next 10 minutes, go around the table and share your top 5 with the other members of your table. In the next 10 minutes, go around the table and share your top 5 with the other members of your table.

67 67 One Last Task In the room are 2 identical sets of charts with categories on them. There are also sets of charts titled “Other.” Your work in the next ten minutes is to sort your questions comments and concerns on those charts by category. If your QCC does not seem to fit a category, place it on the “Other” Chart.

68 68 Wrapping Up http://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/Referendum We will compile all the information from tonight’s meeting and publish it on the Website at http://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/Referendum http://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/Referendum Table Leaders, please collect all materials and information sheets. Table Leaders, please collect all materials and information sheets. Please feel free to take some time after we adjourn to inspect what others contributed to the input. Please feel free to take some time after we adjourn to inspect what others contributed to the input.

69 6969 Thank You and Something to Think About... “When the history of America is finally written, the system of public education that this blessed land has developed will be recognized as the continuing source of its greatness.” “When the history of America is finally written, the system of public education that this blessed land has developed will be recognized as the continuing source of its greatness.” The History of School Planning Committees of Washington Township: 1956. Charles B. Feibleman The History of School Planning Committees of Washington Township: 1956. Charles B. Feibleman

70 7070 Process Schedule October 7 Special Session Community Roundtable (Westlane) - 7:00 PM October 14 Regular School Board Meeting –Board Discussion October 28 Regular School Board Meeting: Board Adoption of the Resolution

71 71 Adjournment School Board President Ms. Cheri Harris

72 One Last Word About the Grass Roots Effort A group of citizens has formed a 501(c)4 entity – Referendum Campaign for Educational Excellence (RCEE) President – George Crawford Secretary – Linda Cantor Treasurer – Joe Erne RCEE, INC PO Box 301051 Indianapolis, IN 46230-1051 www.rceemsdwt.org 72


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