2012-13 Revenue Outlook

(An email to all staff on January 12, 2012)

Many of you have asked about the budget outlook for 2012-13, and you’ve been very patient as we’ve waited for economic forecasts and new projections to emerge. This patience has allowed us to keep an emphasis on teaching and learning, and I greatly appreciate your efforts to maintain this focus.

At the school board meeting last night, I shared an overview of what we know at this point regarding revenue for the 2012-13 school year. Here are the highlights.

The legislature allocated approximately $5.7 billion dollars for the 2011-13 K-12 State School Fund (SSF). Funds were divided for distribution across two school years:

2011-12 SSF Allocation – $2.868 billion
2012-13 SSF Allocation – $2.843 billion

As you can see, there is an overall reduction in the distribution to schools for the 2012-13 school year in the amount of $25 million. For Creswell SD, this means a reduction in our SSF allocation of approximately $58,000.

Another factor for us to consider for 2012-13 is the loss of Federal Forest Fees. You may recall that the 2011-12 school year is currently the last year of this revenue source. This year Creswell SD, received approximately $87,000 in revenue from Federal Forest Fees.

Since 2006, our beginning fund balance has slowly decreased as we used it to offset reductions in SSF allocations. Our beginning fund balance in 2006 was $1.7 million. Our projected beginning fund balance for 2012-13 is currently estimated to be $200,000.

On the plus side, we are predicting a slight increase in enrollment that could minimally offset some of the decrease in our SSF allocation.

Considering these factors and other sources that combine to determine our General Fund revenue, our preliminary estimates inform us that revenue for 2012-13 will be approximately $113,000 less than the current 2011-12 budget. While this preliminary number will likely change over the course of our budget development, I wanted you to hear this initial information sooner than later.

Over the next month, administrative staff will begin looking at projected expenditures for 2012-13. I will continue to share information as it becomes available and as we move forward with the budgeting process. Please feel free to ask questions and participate as your time permits. Your help and insight will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you again for working so hard to keep a quality focus on teaching and learning.

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Success for English Language Learners

Creswell School District is celebrating success!  We are one of only three school districts in Lane County to meet state progress goals for students who are English language learners. The other two districts are Bethel and Siuslaw. (Bethel was recently featured in a Register Guard article.)

Students in Creswell are identified and placed in daily structured English Language Development classes which target reading, writing, listening and speaking in English.

The goals for Creswell’s English Language Learner program were:

  • 53% of students improve level of English proficiency by at least one level.  Creswell had 65.85% of students achieve this goal.
  • 15.5% of students achieve complete proficiency and exit from the program.  Creswell had 17.02% of students achieve this goal.
  • 24% of students in the program for 5 or more years exit the program.  Creswell had 27.78% of students achieve this goal.

Creswell School District is committed to providing second language learners with effective research based practices that help our students achieve their full potential as competent, productive citizens of our community.

Kudos to our students, staff, and parents for helping our students succeed.

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Look Me In The Eye

Last night (September 14, 2011) the Creswell SD Board of Directors passed a proclamation in support of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Proclamation for Look Me In The Eye month, September 2011

Whereas, All citizens want and deserve the opportunity to meaningfully participate in all aspects of our community, and our communities can grow closer through recognizing each other’s abilities, commonalities and differences; and

Whereas, Our communities gain value as they are more aware of the capabilities of, and provide opportunities for, individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities to be part of their communities; and,

Whereas, it is in the public’s interest for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities to live and work in our communities, exercising their full rights and responsibilities as citizens:

Now, Therefore, we the Creswell School District Board of Directors, do hereby proclaim September, 2011, “Look Me in the Eye” month, and encourage all citizens of our communities to participate in seeing, respecting, and including one another.

This awareness campaign is being led in oregon by Oregon Supported Living Program and Full Access.

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Welcome Back

It was a pleasure to meet staff and community members this morning at the annual Welcome Back Breakfast held at Creswell High School. Over 150 participants were in attendance. We introduced a few new district staff members, and Andy Bracco welcomed and introduced the Lane ESD staff working in Creswell schools this year.

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Creswell Chronicle Interviews Mr. Hamilton

I recently met with Gini Davis, reporter for the Creswell Chronicle, to discuss my new role in the District. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet another community member and begin sharing my hopes for the upcoming school year.

You can read the article, “Hamilton Ready to Deal with School Funding Crisis,” on the Creswell Chronicle website.

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