As part of our process to reduce our operating budget by $2.7 million for the 2011/12 school year our teachers, administrators (including the superintendent and district office staff), and support staff have agreed to a two-year freeze on base salary and step movement as well as paying 10% of healthcare costs.
The high school is switching from a block schedule to a traditional "six period" day schedule. Last year, our high school staff taught an additional class in order to preserve the block for 2010/11. This agreement allowed us to reduce nearly 6 teaching positions last year at the high school. An additional 2.6 teaching positions were reduced for the upcoming school year for a total of 8.6 teaching positions reduced over the two year period. The high school, Crossroads, and Highlands are increasing class sizes to an average of 30 students per class for the 2011/12 school year. Elementary schools will see increased class sizes in grades 3 and 4.
We also reduced nearly 20 teaching positions in the district for next year. We have not yet made final determination on the number of para-professional positions that will be reduced. This decision will be finalized in mid-August. Reductions in administration were made during this past year including the elimination of an Assistant Superintendent position that was reclassified as a Director and reduced from a 12 month position to a 10 month position. Teacher Deans replaced assistant principals at Crossroads and the high school. The athletic director position was "contracted out" which reduced the cost of benefits and insurance. When the accountant position in the district office was replaced we did so with less expensive staff member. The accounts payable position was reduced to part-time.
We will implement a "drop only" policy for athletics in the 2011/12 school year. Except for football and track (due to numbers of participants) our student/athletes will be transported to games but will need to arrange transportation home with family members. In some cases a small van driven by a coach will be available to transport some students who cannot make arrangements.
Additionally, we have established new start times for Highlands and the three elementary schools.
NEW START/END TIMES:
East Oakview, North Oakview & West Oakview
Highlands Middle School
Times at Crossroads, NHS & East Campus remain unchanged.
These changes (1) preserve in-district choice bussing; (2) eliminate the early dismissal bus at elementary schools; and (3) save $40,000 in transportation costs. This is just one of many cuts/realignments necessary to balance the budget.
Thanks for your support in these very deep reductions and changes in our school district.
I encourage you to continue to contact our elected officials and share with them the impact of cutting $470 per student from the K-12 budget for next year. While the legislature added back $200 per student of "conditional and one-time" funds (must be used for retirement payments and instituting 4 of 5 financial best practices) and is only available for the 2011/12 school year. This means a $1.6 million cut to Northview and sets our per student funding at $6,846 - the same level we received in the 2005/2006.
As always, feel free to share this information with your circles of influence.
Sincerely and With Great Respect,
Mike Paskewicz, Superintendent
Northview Public Schools