2012-13 BUDGET GENERAL INFORMATION USD #489
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The Hays Public School District continues to be a leader in education at the state and national levels because of its proven excellence. Three areas of focus guide our schools and shape our district philosophy about what is best for children.
Mr. Richard Cain
USD #489 2012-2013 Budget General Information
The Hays Public School District continues to be a leader in education at the state and national levels because of its proven excellence. Three areas of focus guide our schools and shape our philosophy about what is best for children:
- Professional, caring staff
- Small class size
- Quality instruction time
USD 489 students clearly benefit from these beliefs. Our students consistently score above national norms on achievement and college placement tests. Test scores for the 2011-12 school year show that once again, in all grade levels and in all subject areas, students in Hays Public Schools are outdistancing their peers on a national level.
The Hays Public School system serves a 380 square-mile area of Ellis County. About 2,900 students are enrolled in one high school, one middle school, five elementary schools, and three alternative schools (Westside, Learning Center and KVC Wheatland Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility which provides medical and behavioral healthcare, social services and education to children and families). USD 489 is the sponsoring district for the Hays West Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative, with cooperating districts USD 388 Ellis, USD 395 LaCrosse, and USD 432 Victoria. Service is also provided to any of the four private schools located within these boundaries. In FY12 there were 817 students receiving special education services from approximately 179 staff members (80 certified & 99 classified). This requires a budget of about $7.5 million.
The Hays community plays a large role in the success of our students. We are proud to say that our students continue to reap the benefits of a community that generously supports its public schools.
All schools are air-conditioned. A major expansion program for new classrooms, improved facilities, and curricular enhancements has recently been completed. Each school has a strong parent organization and a site council which provide leadership and support in all student-centered areas.
All elementary schools in Hays offer after-school childcare in the school setting for their students. The children have the opportunity to expand their learning day in a warm, caring, well-supervised, fun environment. Students can get help with their homework, play outside when weather permits, and learn life skills like cooking, arts and crafts.
The District also supports school readiness through Early Childhood Connections which includes programs such as Parents As Teachers, Head Start, Early Head Start, At-Risk pre-school, and the Early Childhood Special Education Program. Connections serve children in Ellis, Rooks, Rush, Russell, and Trego counties. The district offers two pre-school programs, O’Loughlin Elementary which is self-funded through enrollment fees, and Munjor which is operated by Connections.
All USD 489 schools are accredited by the State of Kansas.
Under Kansas law, the board of education consists of seven members elected by the majority vote of the registered voters in the local school district. School board elections are held in April of those years when a Board member’s term expires. Candidates, who must be residents of the district, run for school board office without political affiliation. Board members are elected to staggered terms of four years and members take office on July 1.
Board members serve without pay.
The board of education is a policy-making body. All actions must meet standards set by state and federal law, and regulations set by the State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. The authority of an individual board of education member is limited to participating in actions taken by the board of education as a whole when legally in session.
To contact a board member, send a written communication to the Rockwell Administration Center, 323 West 12th St., Hays, KS 67601. Your communication will be forwarded to the board member designated. You may also contact them by e-mail at the USD 489 district website Board of Education link.
Current members of the Board of Education are:
Darren Schumacher, President (Term 11-15)
Greg Schwartz , Vice-President (Term 11-15)
Sharon Befort (Term 09-13)
Richard Kraemer (Term 09-13)
James Leiker (Term 11-15
Alan Moore (Term 09-13)
Marty Patterson (Term 11-15)
Cheryl Shubert (Clerk of the Board)
Key Administrative Staff
Superintendent: Dr. Will Roth
Deputy Superintendent, Finance: Richard Cain
Assistant Superintendent, Special Services: Mark Hauptman
The District’s Accomplishments and Challenges
- USD 489 has been recognized by Governor Sebelius and Standard & Poor’s as one of 16 “Highly Resource-Effective” school districts in Kansas in 2006.
- Standard & Poor’s also identified USD 489 as one of 6 districts in the state of Kansas achieving an efficiency score exceeding 99% in their 2007 Kansas School Efficiency Study.
- Safe Schools grant: RURAL, worth $2.5 million awarded to USD 489 in 1999.
- In conjunction with the RURAL grant, the Learning Center of Ellis County was established in June of 2000. The Learning Center was created for the purpose of enabling youth, young adults, and other residents of Ellis County and surrounding areas who have dropped out of school to complete their high school education. Classes are free to all clients who enroll in a high school diploma program.
- Westside School was created in 1991 in conjunction with High Plains Mental Health Center and its cooperating agencies. Westside helps students and their families in crisis.
- USD 489 students consistently score well above state and national norms on standardized tests.
- Completed construction which added four elementary classrooms in 2002. A grant received by the Early Head Start program also allowed construction of two classrooms and a pre-school area at Hays High school in 2000.
- The BOE consolidated the district’s 2 middle schools into one; Hays Middle School, which will provide district students with more curriculum offerings and increased athletic and activity opportunities. This move also provides much greater flexibility for assigning teaching staff and other resources and equalizing class sizes at the middle school level.
- The district will add 6 new classrooms and 2 restrooms to Hays Middle School, providing an additional 7,300 square feet of instructional space beginning August 2012.
- The district will add 8 additional new classrooms (additional 11,928 square feet) to Hays Middle School that are FEMA tornado shelters, to be completed by April 2013. This is being funded by a $1.6 million dollar FEMA grant and $1.4 million local funds.
- In 2009 USD 489 was again selected by SchoolMatch for their 11th annual school system “What Parents Want Award.” Less than 15% of school systems nationally met the criteria for this distinction. The district also received this award in 1999.
- Hays High began broadcasting on its own news Channel 13 in 1999.
- Supports school readiness through Early Childhood Connections programs such as Parents As Teachers, Head Start, At-Risk pre-school, and the Early Childhood Special Education Program. The Head Start program, established in 1991, serves children in Ellis, Rooks, Rush, Russell, and Trego counties. O’Loughlin Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and PATHS-Early Head Start operate pre-school programs that are self-funded through enrollment fees.
- In 2005 the district received a renewable Smart Start grant for $450,000 per year. This grant allowed the district to open a new Head Start classroom both in the morning and afternoon, expand the home-based program to Rooks County, expand the Parents-As-Teachers program, provide training for mental health issues, establish a car seat program with Hays Medical Center, and enhance childcare wages and incentives for providers.
- Established a Reading Recovery Program in 1997.
- Hays High School, in a cooperative effort with Fort Hays State University and Barton College Community College, offers concurrent credit to juniors and seniors at Hays High, giving students credit toward both a high school diploma and a college degree.
- USD 489 Foundation for Educational Excellence was created in 1987. Through private, tax-deductible donations, the Foundation provides thousands of dollars for schools and students.
- District technology is leased on a four year cycle, which allows the district to maintain the latest in technology while getting the best price possible. The Board of Education approved a $1.34 million lease purchase in the spring of 2011.
- USD 489 has initiated a 1 to 1 learning solution at HHS to create an environment for learning and achievement that meets the needs of today’s kids. In partnership with Hewlett Packard, we are putting a laptop computer into the hands of each and every high school student and teacher, 24/7, all on a wireless network connected to a central server. This 1 to 1 learning solution will enable students and teachers to use state of the art technology to reinforce the fundamentals and develop 21st century learning skills.
- The BOE is providing laptop computers for the middle schools and elementary buildings. Both students and staff will benefit from the latest technology available. This will also allow state assessments to be taken online which provides immediate feedback as to how students have done. Also, every school in the district utilizes a wireless network.
- USD 489’s Board of Education has approved four no-fund warrant resolutions, allowing the district to buy new textbooks.
- KASB ranks USD 489’s certified staff 20 year earnings as 16th out of 286 districts in 2011-12, USD 489’s base salary + fringe as 43rd of 286 districts in 2011-12, and USD 489’s district average teacher salary for 2011-12 as 19th state wide. Lack of adequate state funding is causing us to lose ground in this area (FY08 we were 7th in 20 year earnings and 6th in base salary + fringe).
- Of the 355 National Board Certified Teachers in the state of Kansas in 2011-12, Hays has 10 board certified teachers, 6th place statewide only to Blue Valley with 46, Olathe with 42, Wichita with 35, Manhattan with 27, and Geary County with 17.
Senior Class of 2012 Accomplishments:
- 129 seniors have been awarded over 340 scholarships from academic, vocational, music, art, athletic, and more.
- Over 71% of seniors continuing their education have received scholarships.
- 30 seniors received Dane Hansen Scholarships totaling $154,000.
- 1 senior is a National Merit Scholar.
- 2 seniors are National Merit Commended Students.
- 3 seniors are Governor’s Scholars.
- 7 seniors are Kansas Board of Regents State Scholars.
- 3 seniors are Kansas Board of Regents Vocational Scholarship Recipients.
- 101 seniors received scholarship awards from FHSU.
- 5 seniors are FHSU Presidential Award Recipients.
- 3 seniors are FHSU Ralph & Lucille Hunter Scholarship Recipients.
- 1 senior was named a K-State Putnam Scholarship Recipient.
- 1 senior is a KU Chancellor’s Scholarship Recipient.
- 76 seniors have earned a 3.6 or better cumulative GPA and will graduate Cum Laude.
- 8 seniors have earned a Perfect 4.0 GPA.
- 2 seniors earned a score of 32 or above on the ACT placing them in the top 1% nationally
- 58 seniors are members of the National Honor Society.
- 1 senior FFA student is a Dekalb Award Winner.
- 2 seniors place 1st in the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Competition and 6 other seniors placed in the top 5 in the Kansas Student Technology Leader awards.
- 4 senior Journalism students were Kansas Scholastic Press Association State Qualifiers.
- 3 seniors placed in the top ten at the FHSU Math Relays this year.
- 4 seniors placed 1st in Science Olympiad Competitions.
- 1 senior was a State Debate Championship Qualifier.
- 3 seniors were State Speech Championship Qualifiers.
- 1 senior placed 4rd in “Being An American” Essay Contest sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute.
- 12 seniors received Certificates of Excellence in Art at FHSU high school art show.
- 52 seniors received Superior 1 Ratings in one or more events at State Music Competitions
- 6 seniors received 1st in the Kansas Electro Rally State Championship Racing Series.
- 4 seniors received the Outstanding 12th Grade Power & Energy Project Award at FHSU.
- 20 seniors earned their CAN Certification through the Allied Health Program offered by NCKTC.
- 12 seniors have signed to play Collegiate Athletic.
- 3 seniors will serve our country by enlisting in the military.
- Increasing demand for classroom space, driven by a growing Special Education student population and more technology being utilized in classrooms, limits our flexibility to add additional classroom sections and give parents choices as to the school their child will attend.
- Capital Outlay Fund has taken on many General Fund expenditures as our enrollment declined, limiting our ability to adequately address building and transportation needs.
- The district’s athletic facilities are outdated, undersized and deteriorating.
- State health insurance premiums increased 7.5% over last year (an additional $335,000).
- The Kansas Legislature’s refusal to adequately fund a constitutionally protected entity – education – has resulted in a reduction of $2,504,000 below FY09’s funding. Only the infusion of $1,082,790 in Federal ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) has kept the damage from being even greater, but ARRA dollars are now gone as well.
Legislative enactments and budget allotments that have resulted in the loss of $2,504,000 for USD 489 since FY09 include the following:
- February 12, 2009: Enactment of SB23 which cut $33 from the BSAPP ($4,433 to $4,400) and reduced SPED by 1% (Statewide school funding reduction of $25,345,000; USD 489 funding reduction of $118,784).
- March 31, 2009: Enactment of HB 2354 which cut an additional $33 from the BSAPP ($4,400 to $4,367) and cut an additional 1% from SPED (Statewide school funding reduction of $27,010,000; USD funding reduction of $118,706).
- May 7, 2009: Enactment of HB 2373 which cut an additional $87 from the BSAPP ($4,367 to $4,280) and eliminated state aid to Capital Outlay fund (Statewide school funding reduction of $54,630,000 for cut to BSAPP; USD funding reduction of $313,438; and an additional $22,339,000 for the loss of Capital Outlay equalization aid).
- July 2, 2009: Governor Parkinson’s approval of a budget allotment which cut an additional $62 from the BSAPP ($4,280 to $4,218) (Statewide school funding reduction of $39,327,000; and USD 489 funding reduction of $222,320).
- November 23, 2009: Governor Parkinson’s approval of a budget allotment which cut an additional $206 from the BASPP ($4,218 to $4,012) (Statewide school funding reduction of $134,355,000; USD 489 funding reduction of $765,393).
- March 2011; Governor Brownback’s approval of a budget allotment which cut an additional $75 from the BSAPP ($4,012 to $3,937) (Statewide school funding reduction of $49,430,000; USD 489 funding reduction of $284,902).
- May 2011; Enactment of HB 2383 which cut an additional $157 from the BSAPP ($3,937 to $3,780) (Statewide school funding reduction of $103,473,000; USD 489 funding reduction of $596,393).
- Total USD 489 funding reduction since 2009 totals $2,503,853.
- By current law, the BSAPP for 2012-13 should be $4,597.
District reductions since FY09 include: Elimination of 52 positions (34.7 certified, 3 administrative, 14.3 classified, all through attrition), and an additional 14 summer school teaching positions from the elimination of summer school, elimination of staff professional development funds, reduction of numerous supplemental duties, elimination of out-of-district field trips, reduction of the 4 Year Old At-Risk program, increased or initiated gate fees for all activities (including middle school), and increased building use fees.
The Kansas Legislature also severely cut Special Education funding, eliminated Capital Outlay state aid and Declining Enrollment state aid, prorated state aid for the Local Option Budget at 82%, reduced state aid for Driver’s Education, and eliminated the $1,000 state payment for National Board Certified teachers.
At the same time the Kansas Legislature was making all of these drastic funding cuts the expectations for student achievement have accelerated to meet the No Child Left Behind mandate. We were still expected to meet all of the increased NCLB requirements. Now we are expected to implement Core Curriculum standards and MTSS, again without any additional funding for professional development and training.
If the Kansas Legislature continues down this path of cutting education funding, the harm to the children of Hays and Kansas will be irreparable.