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CCSD First Day Facts 2014-15

CCSD First Day Facts 2014-15

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First day facts for the 2014-15 school year for the Cherokee County School System.
First day facts for the 2014-15 school year for the Cherokee County School System.

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DEMOGRAPHICS: CCSD BY THE NUMBERS
The 2014-15 school year begins Monday, August 4 and ends Thursday, May 28. The school year will consist of 180 school days. The Superintendent recommended, and the School Board approved, a budget for 2014-15 that will completely eliminate employee furlough days for the first time in five years. The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) is expecting 556 additional students this school year... for a total enrollment of 40,200. CCSD is the largest employer in Cherokee County… with 4,324 employees, including 2,832 certified staff. Cherokee County’s population has grown from 214,346 residents (according to the 2010 US Census) to an estimated 226,002 residents for 2014. Housing permit data indicates that 2,996 homes have been built in the same time period. CCSD operates 41 school campuses across the County, consisting of:
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24 elementary schools
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7 middle schools
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6 high schools
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ACE Academy (Grades 6-12)
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Ralph Bunche Head Start Center, Little River Preschool Center and Oak Grove Preschool Center
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L.R. Tippens Educational Center
July 23, 2014
 
 Facilities Square Footage:
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Elementary Schools 2,711,001
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Middle Schools 1,145,025
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High Schools 1,618,822
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Countywide School Centers 113,569
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Portable Units 238,800
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Support Facilities 281,170 Total Area Maintained 6,108,387 Square Feet 358 school buses will transport approximately 70% of CCSD’s student population (23,000 students each morning and 26,000 students each afternoon); CCSD school buses will travel more than 4.5 Million miles (approximately 1,450 bus routes daily) this school year. 2014-15 marks the first year the School District has added buses since reducing its fleet following the 2009-10 school year due to budgetary constraints four years ago.
BUDGET
The proposed 2014-15 Tentative Budget reflects another year of economic challenges and continued inadequate revenue from both state Quality Basic Education (QBE) formula funding and local ad valorem and other tax collections.
 
In the past 13 years, CCSD has cumulatively lost over $190 Million in QBE earnings withheld from the School District by the State of Georgia in the form of “Amended Formula Adjustments” (formerly/also known as “Austerity Budget Reductions”).
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The tax digest continues to stabilize after tumbling more than 20 percent from 2009-2012. Even as the digest begins to rise, the School District will still receive less revenue from local property taxes in 2014-15 than it did in 2006. . . but will educate approximately 4,400 additional students who have enrolled during that eight-year period.
 
The School District’s General Fund/Operating Budget for 2014-15 is $347.7 million. Of this amount, 67 percent is appropriated directly to School Instruction.
 
The millage rate for Maintenance and Operations remains unchanged at 19.45 mills.
 
The .4 mills for Bonded Indebtedness will disappear from tax bills this year. . . as the 20-year bonds sold with voter authorization in 1994 have been repaid.
 
Representatives of the Cherokee County Commission and the County Manager have met with representatives of the School District and have agreed to lower the annual Tax Collection Fee charged to the School District from 2.5 percent to approximately 1.8 percent over the next three years, an annual savings of $625,000 for the School District. Other 2014-15 budget highlights:
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Hire 69 additional teachers to reduce class size at elementary (K-5) grade levels;
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Hire 196 additional teachers to address student population growth and to fill vacancies created by attrition;
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Restore school nurse hours to six hours (from 5.5 hours) per day;
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Restore school police staffing levels to reflect student population growth/additional schools;
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Add 10 bus drivers to address growth, improve efficiency and reduce ride time for students;
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Provide a one-half teacher (“graduation coach”) allotment at each high school dedicated to credit recovery/helping students stay on track for graduation;
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Implement automated substitute teacher scheduling system for classroom teachers to utilize on a daily basis;
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Pilot a school entry door security system in one Innovation Zone;
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Establish an emergency parent notification system -- for phone, text and email alerts;
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Eliminate employees’ remaining three furlough days -- to restore full work calendars and reduced pay for all employees… for the first time since 2008-09;
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Fund annual longevity step increases for eligible employees;
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Fund a 1% cost-of-living raise for all employees… the first in five years; and,
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Use remaining funds to begin restoring significantly depleted Budget Reserves
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