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We are fortunate to have a Board of Education and community that supports the efforts of our public school system by providing adequate resources to ensure success. Certainly, dedicated employees and motivated students, coupled with the resources provided, is a formula for success.
As we continue on with the 2009-2010 school year, we will be faced with a state economy that will have the most profound effect on local public schools’ budgets since the 1970’s. It is likely (from monthly reports coming from the department of revenue and finance) that we will see very little growth in state revenues.
The revenue estimating committee will likely recommend, for the second straight year, another across-the-board cut to state programs. It appears that the cut will be in the 3-5% range. This would mean a reduction in our current cash balance of anywhere from $180,000 to $300,000. The revenue estimating committee meets on October 7th to review state revenues and make recommendations to the Governor. We will know if there is to be an across-the-board budget cut at this time….
With or without an across-the-board cut, I have been advised to prepare the 2010-2011 budget with the expectation that there will be no new money, or, a 0% allowable growth. This means that the amount of state aid that the district receives will be the same as last year or less. It may be less because the amount of state aid that the district receives ($6,400,000) is supplemented by $550,000 of ARRA, or, federal stimulus dollars, which is a one time hit. The state’s economy would have to grow very quickly to fill these one-time stimulus dollars.
Consequently, there will be many discussions at the Board, administrative, and building levels in the following areas:
• Reducing expenditures in the areas of staffing and programming
• The amount of cash on hand to use to cover expenditures
• Increasing the cash reserve levy to cover the across-the-board cuts
We hope that we can count on continued support from our parents and communities to “foster learning, excellence and civic responsibility” as we make some very tough budgetary decisions in the months ahead.
Influenza PrecautionsThe national media has had much publicity in recent days regarding a potential outbreak of the H1N1 influenza. Influenza is unpredictable and while we’re working to get — working to make sense of much of the information as possible, we don’t know what lies ahead in the coming weeks and months. We may see lots of flu activity in September and October. On the other hand, we may not. Second, it’s best that we plan and prepare for lots of flu activity, and that’s a good assumption, given that we expect to see both the 2009 H1N1 virus and the seasonal influenza viruses, causing illness this fall.
Attached are some guidelines to help prevent influenza from spreading. Please use your best judgment as you read this information and care for your children. If you have questions please don’t hesitate to call our school nurse, Mrs. Connie Barry at 737-4871.
On March 16th and 18th parents, students, teachers, administrators, and Board Members met to establish goals, strategies, and action plans to guide our school district for the next five years. The following documents will provide you with an understanding of the work that was acomplished.
MOC-Floyd Valley’s Mission Statement:
Fostering learning, excellence and civic responsibility
MOC-Floyd Valley’s Core Values & Belief Statements
Individuals in the MOC-Floyd Valley School District will reflect these core values:
Caring: We will show a genuine interest in and sensitivity towards others.
Cooperation: We will work together in partnership – school, families, and communities.
Effort: We will demonstrate diligence and perseverance to achieve our personal best.
Responsibility: We will be accountable for our actions and choices both individually and collectively.
Respect: We will recognize and honor the intrinsic worth of others as well as ourselves while valuing property and belongings.
Excellence: We will expect, strive for and encourage the highest level of achievement.
Integrity: We will consistently reflect honesty and high moral character.
Creativity: We will foster a safe learning environment where creative thinking and positive risk-taking are valued and nurtured.
MOC-Floyd Valley’s Parameters
The established guidelines within which the. District will accomplish its mission:
· We will develop educational programs and support services in response to student and community needs.
· We will strive for the highest level of achievement for each individual.
· We will employ people who reflect our district belief statements and will not tolerate ineffective employees.
· We will practice participatory decision making that reflects the beliefs of the district.
· We will not deliberately compromise the dignity and honor of any person.
The means of accomplishing the District’s objectives:
Strategy 1a: We will ignite our student’s curiosity and interest by enthusiastically and competently engaging them in a relevant and challenging curriculum.
Strategy 1b: We will utilize current and emerging technology and resources to strengthen our student’s learning both now and in the future.
Strategy 2: We will explore additional activity offerings for students.
Strategy 3/6b: We will develop awareness by staff, students, and parents of the demands required of students when participating in co-curricular activities.
Strategy 4: We will provide the resources, programs, and support to staff essential for creating an environment in which each student realizes their maximum potential.
Strategy 5: We will develop, communicate and implement consistent district-wide guidelines for acceptable attitudes, behaviors and appearance.
Strategy 6a: We will communicate with students, parents and community members the essential learnings of each course of study.
Strategy 7a: We will effectively utilize technology to empower students to be responsible for their learning both now and in the future.
Strategy 7b: We will implement ongoing researched based professional development for all staff.
The tasks identified to implement
Action Plans for Strategy 1a:
· Develop a plan for creating awareness and for strategically implementing current and emerging technologies and resources.
· Implement the Iowa Core Curriculum using a rubric that reflects:
o A relevant and challenging curriculum.
o That engages students in the learning process.
o That utilizes current and emerging technology and resources.
o That fosters lifelong learning.
Action Plans for Strategy 1b:
· Seek opportunities to serve the common good of all students while supporting their learning endeavors.
Action Plans for Strategy 2:
· Identify students who are not currently involved in activities, grades 7-12:
o Survey middle school students during STAR group time and high school students during English classes to determine if student interests exist for additional activity participation.
o Evaluate results of surveys by the Student Council/Senate and make recommendations to administration for consideration and approval.
o Evaluate activities in coordination with existing facilities, transportation, schedules, funding, and student interest to encourage maximum student participation.
Action Plans for Strategy 3:
· Hold informational meetings facilitated by coaches/sponsors with students and parents prior to the beginning of the season for all co-curricular activities.
· Develop awareness amongst the staff of the requirements of other co-curricular programs to help avoid conflicts.
Action Plans for Strategy 4:
· Provide sufficient and high quality resources, technology capacity, school and classroom time, and appropriate personnel to create an environment for the actualization of individual potential.
· Provide training and support to equip staff in implementing programs and utilizing the resources to meet the needs of all students.
Action Plans for Strategy 5:
· Consistently reinforce and encourage a positive self-image and personal conduct by all students.
· Promote respect for authority, property and other people at all times.
· Foster positive attributes to be displayed by everyone.
Action Plans for Strategy 6a:
· Develop an instrument as part of the yearly student enrollment process that identifies the most effective way to communicate with each parent within the district.
· Develop essential learnings for each course and the ability to effectively communicate the essential learnings to the parents and the community.
· Utilize progressive and available technologies to provide information in an effective and timely manner to parents and community members.
· Continue to upgrade the IT infrastructure to meet the ongoing communication needs.
Actions Plan for Strategy 7a:
· Increase opportunities, K-12, to utilize current technology throughout the district:
o Train K-12 staff to utilize technology effectively within their classroom.
o Create a 5-year technology purchasing plan using a district wide technology committee.
o Effectively maintain technology equipment, network systems, and software.
o Evaluate current technology course offerings involving the technology committee.
Action Plan for Strategy 7b:
· Implement instructional strategies that engage students in active learning:
o Curriculum committees will research effective instructional strategies within their assigned area.
o Building level Professional Learning Community’s will meet to evaluate instructional strategies used within their buildings.