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Texas Elementary

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Transcript of Texas Elementary

Our Vision & Campus Plan

School Goals

Grants & Secondary Budget

The Budget

Some Quick Facts
2014-15 Goals:
Goal 1: Increase staff to support new full-day kindergarten program
Initiate candidate search through human resources
Contact teacher leaders to serve on interview committees

Budget Plan
Growth of 2.5 % - 4.0%
District population: 68% White, 11% Black, 19% Hispanic, 2% other
District has not attained at least a “recognized” accreditation.
71% White, 18% Black, 9% Hispanic, and 2% other.
Teacher Experience ranges from 1-28 years, 50% hold master degree or higher.
Loss of 130 students from transferring the sixth grade over to middle schools
Gain of around 45 students from kindergarten
Total projected enrollment 547.
2001-02 Budget Proposal
Texas Elementary
Marcus Gollahon: Principal
Shahnaz Chowdhury: Asst. Principal
Tanya Donaghey, Meredith Locasto & Shannon Thompson: Faculty
Timothy Oditt: Parent Representative

Consolidated ISD Quick Facts
Texas Elementary Quick Facts
10 district owned portables and 6 classrooms rented cost $184,000 per year.
District enrollment is up, requiring 4 additional teachers
Budget Quick Facts
EcoTech Grants
District budget last year: $69.9 million
$59.3 million to operating budget
$10.6 million to debt service budget
Tax rate = $1.7750/$100
$1.3850/$100 for operating fund (max state rate is $1.50/$100
$0.39/$100 for debt service
Texas Elementary: Room for Improvement
Low beginning teacher salaries & administrative salaries. Below district and state averages
Student test scores below district and state averages
Board requested a full time Spanish teacher for each elementary

Total budget = $54,700 for Texas Elementary School
Loss of $-11,800 from previous year. Due to 6th grade move over
Goal 2: Increase focus on test taking skills to reflect mastery of essential elements
Work within PLCs and with administration to review data and identify students for increased levels of intervention
Offer themed boot camps for STAAR review, working with the PTA and community to provide support and materials as much as possible
Provide quality professional development to teachers in areas of need, with a focus on test taking skills

Goal 3: Increase science test scores
Work within PLCs and with administration to review data and identify students for increased levels of intervention
Work with district curriculum developers to provide clarification of state standards in order to facilitate teaching
Purchase materials to allow students to participate in more hands-on science experiments
Leverage campus instructional technology to make a variety of internet science applications available to students

Goal 4: Rein in discretionary teacher spending without damaging morale
Establish pre-determined amounts for teacher expenditures for supplies and materials
Consider both historic spending trends and this year’s budget reduction when establishing teacher “allowance”
Establish procedures for soliciting purchase orders that gives greater control over campus budget
The vision of Texas Elementary is to
provide a student-centered school that engages students in rigorous and relevant learning to prepare them for citizenship in a diverse world and to build the foundation and passion for lifelong learning.
Home of the Tigers
Texas Elementary
Secondary Budget Accounting Functions
Test Taking Skills
Professional Development & Curriculum

Alignment of the School Budget with the Campus Academic Plan
Budget at a Glance
Budget at a Glance
Budget at a Glance
Budget at a Glance
Based on the goals set forth by the Board of Trustees this budget was created to transform Texas Elementary School into a premier school with ‘Recognized’ status.

Campus Academic Plan

In developing an academic plan for the coming school year, Texas Elementary administered a campus needs assessment to gain input o budgeting priorities from all stakeholders.

The faculty and staff of Texas Elementary need additional resources to meet the needs of students.
This statement was supported by all groups - staff, parents, and community - as they are concerned about the low state test scores
Staff and parents have a clear stake in this, and community members are concerned about what under performing schools might mean for attracting businesses and home values.
The program offerings of Texas Elementary are sufficient to meet the needs of students and the community.
All groups disagree with this statement.
This is not surprising given the push from staff and parents to expand to full-day kindergarten and the potential this has for attracting young families to the community.
Parents generally were interested in this additional program offering for their children, but the cost attached - more than $32,000 per campus - made this addition a concern for staff and community members whose priorities lie elsewhere.
The addition of full-day kindergarten will yield significant increases in achievement for Texas Elementary students.
This had overwhelming support with parents and staff, with slightly less support from the community.
The district must implement competitive market salaries to continue attracting quality teachers and administrators.

Staff strongly agree with this statement, as they recognize that their salary is tracking below surrounding areas and have seen talented colleagues lured away by higher salaries.
Parents also agree, as they recognize that quality teachers are essential to their child’s education.
The community does not agree because they are concerned with the overall cost of increasing salaries in the district
Texas Elementary should pursue grant opportunities to supplement state and local funding.
All groups strongly agree with this statement because they feel that this will provide the best overall solution to both increase programs and avoid raising taxes.
A bond issue is an appropriate solution to the district's funding concerns.

Staff were slightly positive toward this statement, feeling that the problems that need to be addressed are such that the district should not rule out any funding source.
Both parents and the community - who are concerned about very high taxation already and some unfulfilled promises from the recent bond issue - strongly disagree
The continued use of portable buildings is an acceptable solution to current facilities issues at Texas Elementary.
Staff somewhat agree with this statement because they are concerned with how classroom space will be distributed with the addition of full-day kindergarten as well as the possible future addition of Spanish instruction.
Parents and community members strongly disagree because the removal of portables were promised in the last bond election.
Texas Elementary must offer additional learning opportunities to address lower than average state test scores, even if this requires additional cost.
Staff and parents strongly agreed with this statement, as they were able to frame the issue in terms of “what’s best for kids.”
Community members were less supportive, largely as a result of their concern with granting the school broad spending choice when programs without cost or at low cost had not yet been exhausted.
Student Achievement Grant - NEA Foundation
$5000 awarded to be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. The majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students.
1. ReadyTest A-Z Grades 3-5 $719.90
Next generation Practice Tests for grades 3-5
Test-Taking Skill and Strategy Lessons
Automated reports, alerts, and instruction recommendations

2. Buckle Down STAAR Math Workbooks for Boot Camp Grades 3-5 $809.10
Alignment to the most recent exam
Authentic Practice Tests and Chapter Reviews
More rigorous practice that measures skills at greater depth and complexity

3. Stipends for teachers 3 days/ 6 teachers $2700
ELA teachers develop and deliver full plans for boot camp utilizing Ready Test materials above
Math teachers develop and deliver full plans for themed boot campus utilizing Buckle Down STAAR math workbooks.

4. Purchase Materials for Themed Boot Campus $771
For Example: Fatigue-colored bandanas, whistles to call to attention, dog tags worn by assigned daily student group leaders

Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold

$5000.00 awarded to support innovative programs that strive to increase student interest and academic achievement in STEM.

NEA Foundation
$2000.00 awarded Must improve practice, curriculum, and student achievement. Grant funds may be used for fees, travel expenses, books, or other materials that enable applicants to learn subject matter, instructional approaches, and skills.
1. StemScopes Professional Development for 6 Science teachers to prepare for StemScopes curriculum $4314
Cost of Workshop: $2100
Hotel Cost: 2 to room $1080
Per diem Meals: $966
Mileage $168
2. StemScopes Curriculum $2686
Developed by Rice University and based on Texas science standards
Students learn through constructivist thinking
Professional development for teachers

Captain Planet Foundation
$2500.00 awarded to schools for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM field
1. Science A-Z $1440.00
Science A-Z delivers engaging, differentiated resources that allow students to read, write, think about, and do science.
Aligns with Goal #3 for purchasing materials that allow for more hands-on science experiments.
2. Stipend for Curriculum Expert to Train Our Teachers $1060
One day of training for each grouping of K-2, 3-4, and 5th
No cost for our teachers/training provided on staff development day.
Aligns with our goal #3 to work with PLC and align with curriculum.
Accounting Function 13: Instructional Development

$2500 EcoTech Grants
Accounting Function 22: Instructional Media Services 6635 Books
Accounting Function 13: Instructional Development
Accounting: Function 13 Travel for Professional Development
Accounting: Function 13 Curriculum Development and Instructional Staff Development
$5000 Student Achievement NEA Grant
Function 11 Instruction 6391 General supplies
Function 12: Instructional Resources
Function 13: Instructional Staff Development
Based on the campus academic needs assessment, a survey was conducted which involved all stakeholders. The greatest level of participation came from faculty and staff followed by parents and then community members. Some of the highlights (that increases spending) came out as a result of this survey were:
Faculty and staff need additional resources to meet the needs of students.
Reallocate attendance zones to maximize enrollment.
Addition of full-day kindergarten.
Offer competitive market salaries to attract qualified teachers.
Offer additional learning opportunities to address low state test scores.
Since the school board has been hesitant to increase teacher salaries for the coming year,some money has been added to the technology fund to boost the teacher morale by increasing technology in the classrooms. In order to better serve the students, fund allocation was made in the annual budget to reflect the needs of academic year 2001-02.
Budget at a Glance
Secondary Budget at a Glance
Instructional Media Services
Instructional Computing & Guidance Counseling
School Administration
Base Campus Budget
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