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Valley Crossing Staffing Updates – April 2, 2015

Since the School Board action on March 3, 2015 to approve the initial staffing reductions at Valley Crossing Community School, several new developments have occurred that create a positive impact on the staffing plan for the 2015-16 school year. In late March, Valley Crossing partner superintendents met and agreed to add back several teaching positions, as well as use the enrollment projections as of April 1, 2015 as the final enrollment count used to guide all planning.

March 2015 planning criteria:

  • Student enrollment estimate of 630
  • Plan for spending down fund balance to approximately $100,000
  • New tuition formula
  • Increases in class sizes from current 2014-15 school year for the upcoming 2015-16 school year to be similar to sending districts 
  • Included two classroom teacher reductions as a cushion for potential loss of students

April 2015 planning criteria:

  • Include band/orchestra programming to be consistent with the offerings at all three sending districts
  • Use the updated enrollment number on April 1 as a solid number, eliminating the necessity to keep the two classroom teachers on an unrequested leave of absence (ULA)
  • On April 1, District 622 increased their enrollment from 65 to 80 students, increasing the total enrollment from 630 to 645

April 7, 2015 School Board Recommendations

These updates in planning with the Valley Crossing partner school districts result in the following recommendations:
  1. Reinstate Band/Orchestra teacher
  2. Reinstate the two classroom teachers initially reduced for an enrollment cushion
  3. Reinstate an additional classroom teacher due to the increase in enrollment from District 622

Class size information

(Note: Valley Crossing is organized in multi-age classrooms)
 
Class sizes as of December 2014 (688 enrolled at that time which is 35 less than the declared):
  • K-1: 22.4
  • 2-3: 22.7
  • 4-5: 24.3
  • 6: 20
Class sizes targets:
  • K-1: Low 20s (approx. 22)
  • 2-3: Mid 20s (24 to 27)
  • 4-6: High 20s to low 30s (27 to 31)
Class size estimates for 2015-16 (based on April 1 enrollment of 645):
  • K-1: 23.1
  • 2-3: 27.3
  • 4-5: 30.2
  • 6: 23

Fund Balance Information

Fund Balance with potential staff re-instatements: 
 
$569,000      Original estimated end of 2014-15 school year
$164,000      Less: Return declared/enrolled
$ 4,000         Add: Budget cuts
$409,000      Modified fund balance (JPA change) estimate end of 2014-15 school year

$409,000      Modified fund balance (JPA change) estimate end of 2014-15 school year
$283,000      Estimate spend down of fund balance:
$126,000      Estimate school year 2015-16 fund balance using 630 students – includes reinstating .75 band/orchestra and the 2 classroom sections that were initially cut for cushion of potential enrollment loss


Fund balance with April 1 enrollment update and potential staff re-instatements: 
$569,000      Original estimated end of 2014-15 school year
$164,000      Less: Return declared/enrolled
$ 4,000         Add: Budget cuts
$409,000      Modified fund balance (JPA change) estimate end of 2014-15 school year

$409,000      Modified fund balance (JPA change) estimate end of 2014-15 school year
$273,000      Estimated spend down of fund balance:
$136,000      Estimated school year 2015-16 fund balance using 645 students – includes reinstating .75 band/orchestra, the 2 classroom sections that were initially cut for cushion of potential enrollment loss, and an additional teacher for the increase in enrollment from District 622



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