2014-15 Methow Valley School District Draft Budget Highlights

An inclusive and transparent process of aligning our allocation of limited resources with our district’s vision and mission

General Outlook:
Following many years of budget cuts and reductions in state and federal funding, the Methow Valley School District, along with every other district in the state of Washington continues to find itself challenged by the state’s inadequate funding of basic education.

However, unlike many other districts, we are fortunate to have a community that values the development of the whole child. We have been able to successfully maintain smaller class sizes, provide a broad range of course offerings, and enrich the learning of our students through the successful passage of our local levies and through the generous donations of time, energy, and talents displayed by our community.

Next Steps:
During the winter, we asked you to provide us with feedback in the form of “enhancements” and “reductions” as part of the Budget Development Process. This process resulted in 108 submissions provided by staff and community members, with 10 of those being reductions and 98 being enhancements. It is clear that our wants and needs clearly exceed our existing means.

Using the feedback generated through the Budget Development Process, we categorized and prioritized the list of enhancements and reductions by the six strategic areas of focus contained in the Report to the Community published in early February.

Below is a list of budget priorities for the 2014-15 school year for your review. Please participate in our Online Survey that is open June 3rd – 16th to share your thoughts. We will finalize our 2014-15 budget at the end of June.

2014-15 Budget Priorities:

A System of World-Class Teaching and Learning:

We ensure high quality teaching and learning in every classroom, resulting in the development of future-ready learners inspired to contribute to a better world.

2014-15 Planned Investments
• Hire a full-time counselor at Methow Valley Elementary School
• Staff participation in International Baccalaureate professional development
• Increased collaboration time for staff to engage in the development of integrated units of study
• Develop and implement a Highly Capable Learner’s program

Additional Priorities requiring additional funding
• Initiate the development of a K-12 World Language program
• Initiate a K-6 math adoption
• Increase student and staff access to high quality reading intervention resources
• Initiate a Pep Band
• Expand course offerings and resources in the areas of Health and Fitness and Visual and Performing Arts
• Targeted class-size reductions in grades K – 2

Innovation and Flexibility:

We promote the development of innovative and personalized programs of study designed to meet the individual needs of every learner.

2014-15 Planned Investments
• Increase staffing at the Independent Learning Center and REACH program to promote personalized programs of independent study
• Expand the Robotics program at Liberty Bell Junior/Senior High School
• Initiate an Advanced Construction course as part of the “Careers in Construction Academy” in partnership with Twispworks
• Expand science elective course offerings in the form of Environmental Sciences and Anatomy and Physiology
• Expand the district’s partnership with Classroom in Bloom and Methow Arts

Additional Priorities requiring additional funding
• Explore real-world, project-based learning models through partnership with the Puget Sound Consortium of School Innovation

Learner Profile:

We promote the positive attributes, attitudes, and skills associated with responsible citizens who are inspired to contribute to their communities, locally and globally.

2014-15 Planned Investments
• Promote district-wide clarity of behavioral expectations and consistency in our approach using a “Positive Behavioral Intervention System”
• Initiate Playworks training for playground supervisors

Equity and Excellence for All:

We believe every student can achieve at high levels and benefits from access to a free and appropriate public education.

2014-15 Planned Investments
• Initiate the elimination of course fees at Liberty Bell

Additional Priorities requiring additional funding
• Develop a comprehensive “Student and Family Support Services” team that includes appropriate levels of staffing in the areas of: counseling services, student and family social worker and prevention services, school and nursing services, and a nutritionist
• Hire a nutritionist to collaborate with Food Services and development a healthy meal and snack program
• Expand nursing services to proactively attend to health-related issues that surface within the school community
• Initiate a Prevention Specialist position within the school district to proactively promote healthy lifestyle choices

Family and Community Engagement:

When families and community participate in the education of our youth, students achieve at higher levels. We promote continuous, two-way communication and active engagement in the learning process through a strong partnership between the home, school, and community.

2014-15 Planned Investments
• Initiate a district-wide Parent Advisory Committee to the Superintendent
• Refresh the district’s website to improve communication between the home and school district

Early Childhood Education:

We invest in early childhood education given its long-term academic, social-emotional, and economic benefits to our students and our community.

2014-15 Planned Investments
• Initiate Full Day Kindergarten, beginning in the fall of 2014-15
• Participate in the Pre-K through 3rd Grade, Starting Strong professional development focused on aligning instructional practices in the areas of literacy

Additional Priorities requiring additional funding
• Expanding Pre-K options for all children in the Methow Valley

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