Don’t miss these exciting discussions at the BOE meeting on Thursday April 2nd.
Strategic Compensation – This is a report back to the board about how strategic compensation, which went to 20 trial schools as part of a special grant program, have performed. Does extra money make a difference for student performance, or teacher performance? Find out, at least as regards these schools. By the way, this grant, has NO relevance to compensation negotiations because the amount of money needed to roll this out to all schools simply does not exist. $39M over 5 years to 20 schools means almost $60M per year across our 150 schools, per year. On the positive side, here are the take away findings from the report.
Research findings from 2014 analysis found:
– Higher levels of implementation of quality practices were associated with higher levels of student growth.
– High-implementing schools outperformed low-implementing schools:
• in reading by 1 percent
• in writing by 5 percent
• in mathematics by 15 percent
The Consent Agenda is long, and covers many, many contracts being awarded from behind the scenes computer support, to security and safety. This author made no attempt to read them all, but you can though here.
Budget Survey Results – The biggest item of the night that is completely relevant for all citizens of Jeffco is the outcomes of the budget surveys and public meetings. Top priorities for one time money was Facilities/Capital and Reserves. For ongoing money it was Compensation Increases and Facilities/Capital. It is worth noting that the community really started getting outraged in 2014 when a similar survey was ignored, and the board pushed for its Charter Funding Equalization. Will they listen this time?
The main outcome of the survey questions for priorities are:
Question #1: Operating Needs – Top 3
Competitive employee compensation (58 percent)
Targeted focus on improving early literacy (39 percent)
Increase staff (37 percent)
Question #2: Capital Needs
Maintenance of existing facilities (59 percent)
Question #3: Percentage of Funding
50/50 split between operating and capital (40 percent)
Question #4: High Growth
Recommend redrawing boundaries (35 percent)
Of course there are many, many other questions that were asked, and answered in this presentation. Hear them firsthand at the board meeting, or read more here.
Budget requests from staff are also out. With regards to compensation, there are some modest increases, such as a proposal of a 1% increase for most employees. The pool of money to negotiate increases is quite small, and charter schools are getting a very small increase of almost 0.1%. Some highlights are here:
- PERA increase – Supplemental Amortization Equalization Disbursement (SAED) inc .50% $ 2,025,000
- Affordable Care Act (ACA) additional benefits $ 3,000,000
- 1% Compensation increase $ 5,200,000
- Compensation increase for targeted employees $ 1,152,000
- Substitute teacher pay changes $ 763,000
- Subtotal employee compensation package increase $ 12,140,000
Or, read the whole presentation, or better yet, come to the board meeting! Or attempt to watch the the live stream, assuming it doesn’t freeze, lose the sound or otherwise malfunction as has happened to several of our viewers. The study session begins at 5:30 and the regular board meeting at 6:30.
On the Discussion Agenda are four items that may be of interest to our readers. They include:
- Legislative update
- Outdoor Lab
- Boundary modification for Stober and Vivian Elementary
- Declaration of Surplus Property on Green Mountain
Click this link to found out more.