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St. Charles Schools Special Agenda Text

St. Charles Schools Special Agenda Text

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School Board Meeting tonight at 5:30pm
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Special Meeting of theIndependent School District No. 858School BoardSt. Charles, MinnesotaAGENDA TEXTSt. Charles High Library March 1, 20115:30 p.m.
   
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Call to Order and Roll Call  2.  Approval of Agenda  3.  Discussion of Flexible Learning Year Proposal From my calculations, the number of schools still considering theproposal is around 20. In our area, Lake City, Rushford-Peterson, andthe Zumbrota Education District schools have dropped out for thisyear. Winona has committed to applying. There is an electronicsurvey out amongst area superintendents concerning the generaldistrict positions on the collaborative. It is due on Monday morningand I will try to get the results for the meeting. Please bring yourthoughts, concerns, and questions for discussion. 4.  Discussion of All Day Every Day Kindergarten Enclosed in your packet is information on All Day EverydayKindergarten from Mr. Peterson, a recent count of KindergartenEnrollment (over the past few years), and a breakdown of elementaryclass size distributions/projections and high school student numberprojections over the next few years. My concern is that after thiscoming year, we should have a slight rebound next year in our student
 
numbers. As we approach the fall of 2013 and beyond we see a cleardrop in our student numbers. Some potential scenarios concerning our All day Every DayKindergarten - 1.
 
Not replace the two retiring teachers, Student SkillsCoordinator, and ½ time Kindergarten teacher. Add into ourgeneral fund the technology teacher, technology coordinator,and a ½ time HS Science teacher and shift another elementaryteacher down to our kindergarten staff. This would give us threeFT kindergarten teachers and still save us $70,000 as a budgetreduction. Our class sizes probably would be from 25-27kindergarteners. We might be able to do some creative work within another grade level to free up some other support. 2.
 
Do all of scenario #1, and hire an additional Kindergartenteacher from the $70,000 and have just $20,000 left as areduction for 2011-12 and have 4 kindergarten teachers if needed (class size would be anywhere between 18 to 22). 3.
 
Wait for now and look to a referendum in the fall to help usgenerate additional funding to support our transition to All DayEvery Day Kindergarten in two years. Work through gettingour technology coordinator and technology teaching positionsin place. 4.
 
Look hard at program reductions to: cover our economicsituation and our projected student enrollment decline; or makespace for All Day Everyday Kindergarten through cutting otherprogramming. Factors to consider as we enter All Day Every Day Kindergarten andoperating referendum discussions 1.
 
Our local, state, and national economies;2.
 
Governor Dayton’s current budget proposal to fund Free andReduced Kindergarteners at 1.0 pupil units versus the currentstate formula of .612 pupil units next year. If this was in placethis year, and we had All Day, Everyday Kindergarten, we’d
 
receive an extra $85,488 to fund our kindergarten program. Atthis time, it is very hard to determine the final fiscal impact of this legislative session on our district;3.
 
We have all of our contracts coming up this yearteachers,support staff, principals, and transportation. Depending on thelegislature/governor’s action concerning a pay freeze, we needto consider our district’s priorities concerning for our students;4.
 
We are one of the few districts that does not have All DayEvery Day Kindergarten in the area. We are fairly certain thatwe will lose at least three prospective kindergarteners next yearto other districts. Each student lost from the district is worth$76, 735 over his/her K-12 career under the current fundingformula;5.
 
We are one of the few school districts in Minnesota that doesnot have an excess operating levy in place. Is it realistic to tryand continue this?;6.
 
What type of fund balance is acceptable for us? How does thatfit into our feeling about All Day Every Day Kindergarten?   5.  Discussion of Operating Referendum I have enclosed some open enrollment numbers from the area schools.I am very concerned about our loss of students to other districts.Breaking even is acceptable, but losing a significant number to otherdistricts and not pulling in as many students is not good. LauraSchaber is in the process of calling and interviewing each of thefamilies as to why they are open enrolling out of our district. I willbring some more data to share concerning this and our budget. Is therea way to turn this around and regain this funding source? I will bring the “Analysis of Tax Impact for Referendum Levy”projection that was done last spring for consideration. I have also been approached by some community members about acommunity recreation center in St. Charles. This could have a verypositive impact on the community.  I have conveyed to the group thepossibility of the school district going for a future operatingreferendum and my concern about the possible competition for limited

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