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FY13 Superintendent's Budget 3-6-2012_0

FY13 Superintendent's Budget 3-6-2012_0

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Superintendent's Budget2012 - 2013(FY13)March 6, 2012PORTLAND, MAINE
Learning to Succeed
 
Administration
 Dr. James C. Morse, Sr., Superintendent  David Galin, Chief Academic Officer Peter Eglinton, Chief Operations Officer  Michael Wilson, Chief Financial Officer 
196 Allen Avenue, Portland, Maine 04103(207) 874-8100
Learning to Succeed
TO: Portland Board of Public EducationFROM: James C. Morse, Sr., SuperintendentDATE: March 6, 2012The 2011-2012 Superintendent’s Budget calls for increased commitment in the following areas:
 
Early Childhood Pre-K
 
Literacy K-2
 
Elementary World Language
 
High School Program
 
Maintenance
 
TechnologyEarly childhood education continues as a long term solution to Portland’s high school completion rate and drop out problem. Children who startout without basic literacy skills too easily fall behind. The Pre-school effort underway builds upon partnerships with other community providerssuch as Headstart and Catherine Morrill Pre-School. In this budget I am proposing we expand such partnerships to include Governor BaxterSchool for the Deaf and others. This is an investment in Portland’s future; we are unique in our ability to attract non-public school partners.The FY13 budget includes increasing service to 150 students without adding staff. PreK-2 literacy program was reorganized in FY12 to reflectbest practices as recommended in the comprehensive literacy audit. We adopted Fountas and Pinnell K-3 phonics program that reflects thescientific teaching of phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension as pare of a balanced literacy program. In FY13 wewill continue to work with this approach and emphasize writing. All elementary schools will have a certified reading teacher in reading to supportour classroom teachers, but most importantly, to increase student achievement.The proposed budget continues the commitment to elementary World Language. This is year three of a three year plan to implement Spanish ingrades 3, 4, and 5. We propose expanding to grade 5 without new staff. Portland already is a multilingual community. Preparing our students forthe future requires a comprehensive approach in World Language elementary through high school. Research supports that such a programincreases student performance in literacy.
 
Administration
 Dr. James C. Morse, Sr., Superintendent  David Galin, Chief Academic Officer Peter Eglinton, Chief Operations Officer  Michael Wilson, Chief Financial Officer 
196 Allen Avenue, Portland, Maine 04103(207) 874-8100
Learning to Succeed
Moving forward in the development of student-centered learning models at the high schools will be supported through use of Nellie Mae funds.These funds will allow the district to develop sustainable structures that give students the ability to extend their learning beyond the classroom.The grant also deepens existing community partnerships.The proposed budget includes additional funds for facilities maintenance. Buildings across the system are in need of repair, renovation, andreplacement. These funds will continue the work of ensuring that our students are safe and that we can respond to pressing maintenance issues.Technology is critical in a 21
st
Century education. This budget includes new technology funds. These funds will be used to begin the purchase of laptops for high school students, outfit all elementary school teachers with laptops, and increase the number of laptop carts available across thedistrict. These funds will also support systems upgrades.This budget moves us forward in implementing the Vision of Portland Public Schools “All learners will be fully prepared to participate andsucceed in a diverse and ever-changing world.”

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