December 10, 2014 1 Principles Build on our “Foundation” Improve the learning environment for all students and staff Focus on implementation and delivering on our objectives Pursue Quality and Excellence 2 From our Dec. 10, 2013 Finance Committee Meeting: Create a culture of accountability where high expectations and standards are known, and guide our behavior and actions. Build the knowledge, skills and capacity of teachers and school leaders. Assure that all students are “on track” to meet or exceed learning expectations by the end of Grade 3. Provide the necessary systems, structures and tools. Create a new PreK through College and Career (Grade 14/16) mindset. 3 Norwalk Public Schools The World Starts Here Mission To create a student-focused culture that motivates, challenges and supports every individual student to his or her highest levels of achievement. Vision All students graduate prepared to reach their highest potential for college, career and life-long success in a globally competitive society. Overall Goal To close the Achievement Gap by 2020 and ensure that all students, regardless of race, ethnicity or economic circumstances, are meeting high standards. Goals All children are ready to enter Kindergarten All students are “on track” to meet or exceed learning expectations by the end of Grade 3 Students are at or above grade level in 3rd Grade reading Students demonstrate Mastery in CCSS Mathematics Students demonstrate Mastery in CCSS English Language Arts ELL students meet or exceed State Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives Special Ed students achieve Mastery on annual individual goals and objectives Norwalk’s schools reach higher performance Norwalk students graduate “College and Career Ready” Focus Areas Culture of Accountability • • • • • • Mission, Vision, Values and Beliefs School Quality Standards Leadership Standards Goals and Metrics Quarterly Progress Monitoring Public Reporting Build Knowledge, Skills and Capacity • • • • • • Student Engagement Common Core State Standards: K-12 K-3 Literacy Emphasis Personalized Learning ELL & Special Education Leadership A New Learning Environment for All • • • • • • • School & Classroom Culture NEASC Accreditation for NHS & BMHS Briggs Turnaround Expanded Use of Technology School Safety New Programs: P-Tech EC; IB program Library Redesign Systems, Structures, and Support • • • • • • HR: Recruitment and Hiring & Reorg Finance & Resource Management Data Systems Technology Training School Master Schedules Facilities Utilization Study Partnership an a New Pre-K to 16 Mindset • • • • • Pre-K Quality Early Learning & Access Parent Engagement Expand Access to Afterschool & Summer Programs Expand Access to Mentors Health Rev. 10.23.1 Input and Decision Making Principal and Department Head budget recommendations Parent Forum recommendations Budget “working group” recommendations Superintendent Advisory Group 5 1. Accountability and Standards 2013-2014 Shared Mission, Vision & Values Goals & metrics Professional standards Publicly report on progress Quality control & implementation Essential for 2015-2016 Standards Initiative ◦ School quality standards ◦ Leadership standards ◦ Indicators & evidence Goals, Common Assessments and Progress Monitoring School Governance & Improvement Teams in all schools District Data Dashboards Align standards with performance appraisal systems 6 2. Build Knowledge, Skills & Capacity of Teachers & Leaders 2013-2014 Common Core State Standards Personalized Learning ELL Special Education Diversity Essential for 2015-2016 Conn. State Standards ◦ Literacy ◦ Math Curriculum & Instruction Site Directors Professional Development Student Engagement Literacy: K-3 Math Special Education Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Training ◦ New Technologies & Tools ◦ Summer School ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Diversity ◦ Early recruitment, early hiring 7 3. Transform the Learning Environment 2013-2014 Library redesign Briggs HS turnaround NEASC accreditation Expand use of technology Design of new programs Diversity Essential for 2015-2016 Focus on school culture, student engagement, and student progress monitoring and engagement NEASC accreditation at NHS & BMHS Continued design & development of new programs: Norwalk Early College Academy International Baccalaureate (IB) at BMHS Performing Arts at NHS K-8 expansion at Columbus Magnet Norwalk International Academy Norwalk Early Childhood Center ELLI Pilot Program-PreK Model Expansion Briggs Turnaround Technology.., next phase 8 4. Build Systems & Structures 2013-2014 Human Resources Financial & resource management Curriculum & Instruction Data systems School master schedule enhancements Facility Utilization Plan Essential for 2015-2016 Human Resources ◦ Diversity recruitment & hiring ◦ New policies & procedures Financial management ◦ Position control ◦ Enhanced oversight of SpEd & Grants ◦ Financial excellence (Audits/Surplus/Budget management) Curriculum & Instruction ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ K-5 Writing Social Studies Science World Language Facilities ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Long-term Facility Utilization Plan District Building Management System (heat) Building Specific Improvements Paving 9 5. Partnerships 2013-2014 Access to quality Pre-K Pursue new strategies to engage parents, especially PreK-3 Expand access to after-school & summer learning Expand access to mentors Health Essential for 2015-2016 Pre-K: Partnership with Norwalk ACTS to provide greater access for more children to quality programs Parent engagement and learning Expand summer school participation and student learning Increase number of mentors Student health: physical, social & emotional services 10 Enrollment 11,300 11,220 11,254 11,200 11,074 11,100 11,095 11,057 11,078 11,000 10,900 10,883 10,800 10,700 10,600 Enrollment based on 10/1 data 11 Free & Reduced Lunch 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 39% 43% 45% 48% 49% 51% Enrollment based on 10/1 data 12 CONNECTICUT DISTRICT REFERENCE GROUP (DRG): H DISTRICT ANSONIA DANBURY DERBY EAST HARTFORD MERIDEN NORWALK NORWICH STAMFORD WEST HAVEN 10/01/2014 Enrollment % Free & Reduced Lunch ECS Funding ECS $ Per Enrollment 14/15 Operating Budget ECS % of Operating Budget 2,355 10,549 1,501 6,456 8,118 11,220 3,463 15,908 5,952 67% 51% 54% 67% 70% 51% 76% 46% 59% $16,106,868 $27,294,245 $7,535,221 $46,063,573 $57,915,330 $11,275,807 $34,694,767 $9,834,019 $44,209,129 $6,839 $2,587 $5,020 $7,135 $7,134 $1,005 $10,019 $618 $7,428 $28,000,000 $118,295,291 $16,163,663 $87,266,419 $99,608,340 $166,430,865 $70,535,212 $245,072,949 $85,134,756 58% 23% 47% 53% 58% 7% 49% 4% 52% 13 Proposed budget assumes a 2.74% increase from City of Norwalk. State ECS funding remains at approximately 7% of total operating budget. Carryover of all unencumbered Alliance funds. Surplus Medicaid revenue is included. Grant funding is slightly less than 2014-15 (decreases to $22 million). 14 Salaries are in accordance with collective bargaining agreements and less than projected a year ago. All bargaining units transitioned into high-deductible health plans. Per Pupil Allocation to schools remains consistent with prior years: $85 for HS, $74 for MS, $71 for Elementary Projected expenses for out-of-district tuition and Special Education OT/PT consulting services reflects a decrease of $1.2 million. Projected expenses for transportation limited to 2.5% annual increase for “Type I” busses, plus 2 additional “Type II.” (Contract set to go out to bid in 2015). 15 Per Pupil Allocation 0% Facilities Maintenance Transportation 2% 4% Special Ed Tuition & HS Athletics Utilities 2% 1% Expenses Other 2% Salaries Consulting Services Benefits 4% Special Ed Tuition & Consulting Services Benefits Transportation 20% Utilities Salaries 65% Facilities Maintenance HS Athletics Per Pupil Allocation Other 16 Maintains low class sizes for K-5 students Increases funding for HS Athletics, & takes a step toward greater equity between Marching Band and Athletics Increases funding for growing ELL enrollment at all school levels Increases funding for personnel recruitment: Diversity Recruitment, Early Retirement Incentive Continues investment in Technology: elementary laptops, MS & HS computer labs, projectors, etc. Invests in new Curriculum: K-5 Writing, Social Studies, World Languages Bilingual receptionist at NHS & BMHS (pending Administrative Support Efficiency Study) Continues design and development: NECA, International Baccalaureate, Performing Arts, Standards Initiative, K-8, Young Scholars, Norwalk International Academy Invests in our facilities: building management system, Facility Utilization Study, etc. 17 Aligns grant and foundation funding to: ◦ Early Literacy ◦ After-School and Summer Programs ◦ Parent Engagement and Learning ◦ Briggs HS ◦ Common Core State Standards ◦ Professional Development Reflects savings and startup expenses to establish quality and more efficient services for Special Education students: ◦ Direct hiring of 22 Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) specialists & 3 BCBA (Board Certified Behavioral Analysts) ◦ Establish one SpEd therapeutic classroom at Middle School level ◦ Enhanced psychology services for resource rooms 18 Reductions from 2014-15 one-time expenses, such as the facility utilization study Savings from contracted custodial services Savings from multi-faceted plan to improve Special Education services (in-district) and control costs Savings from operational efficiencies 19 Object FY 14/15 Budget FY 15/16 Recommend Budget % Increase $105,554,233 $110,570,740 4.75% $34,097,521 $33,411,819 -2.01% Professional & Technical Services (300) $3,689,357 $2,465,013 -33.19% Property Services (400) $2,499,531 $2,608,536 4.36% $14,295,059 $15,148,900 5.97% $5,790,008 $6,011,6511 3.83% Equipment (700) $366,571 $628,011 71.32% Other Objects (800) $138,585 $143,188 3.32% $166,430,865 $170,987,857 2.74% Salaries (100) Benefits (200)* Other Services (500) Supplies and Materials (600) Total Operating Expenses 20 Increase to FY 14/15 NFT Salary Increase $2.20M Other Bargaining Group Increases $1.60M English Language Learners $0.60M Special Education Program Development $(0.35)M Strategic Initiatives $0.53M Class Size Investment $0.30M Transportation $0.61K Technology $0.15K Other $0.21K Reductions $(1.3)M Total $4.55M 21 The Superintendent’s recommended FY 2015-16 budget is for an operating increase of 2.74%. This budget builds on the foundation put in place over the past year, in support of the Strategic Plan approved by the Board in 2014-15. The 2015-16 recommended budget: ◦ Maintains strong support for literacy, Common Core, other current initiatives ◦ Invests in curriculum, technology expansion, facility improvements ◦ Enhances Special Education services ◦ Addresses needs for English Language Learners ◦ Continues commitment to professional development, standards and accountability, recruitment ◦ Advances design and development for new programs that will move NPS forward 22 23 Curriculum & Instruction Textbooks needs, especially at middle school (Social Studies) Impact of legislation that could change Kindergarten cut-off Pre-K enrollment, registration, expansion Academically Talented programs Support for librarians and library resources Expansion of World Languages to elementary Common Core training, supported by teacher evaluations Support for the arts Importance of Curriculum & Instruction Site Directors More guidance counselors and social workers Class sizes and paraprofessional support Funding for influx of new ESL students Translation resources and support for ESL parents 24 Facilities Repairs and upgrades to PA systems (e.g. Nathan Hale) Transportation, sidewalk safety, traffic calming Lack of crosswalk to Wheels bus stop (Briggs) Basic maintenance and repair needs at schools Need for blinds Impact of new residential developments Extracurriculars & After-School Programs HS band programs successful, but underfunded Transportation and after-school programming Need for physical activity, especially with younger students Importance of athletic trainers Success of Freshman Academies 25 Other Topics Interest in continued expansion of ChromeBooks, including use at after-school programs Student web access at home Keyboarding lessons ECS funding disparities HS scheduling issues, “flip” HS and elementary start times PTO and parent club communication needs Parent engagement, particularly at Middle Schools Shortages in adult mentors 26 Proposed Actions Current Cost Projected Cost 1. Shift from “contracted services for students with Autism to direct hiring of ABA therapists (applied behavior analysis) and BCBAs (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) $1,540,000 $1,419,041 2. Creation of a middle school therapeutic classroom at for 8 students with social/emotional behavior needs $496,000 $299,233 3. Develop and initiate professional development in specialized reading/math instruction for 28 people. $0 $28,000 4. Creation of Norwalk Early Childhood Center at the Roosevelt school to house initially 6 classrooms and eventually 8 classrooms for NPS integrated preschool classes (students with special needs integrated with their typical peers)* *Funded with surplus funding in prior year operating and capital results.