The HSSD Board of Education broadcast communication article from November features the work of the Community Task Force.
The Howard-Suamico School District exceeds expectations as defined in the Accountability Report Cards released to the public today by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction.
The positive overall District rating includes a rating change from last year at Bay Harbor Elementary school, where the school rating shifted from 83.4 (Significantly Exceeds Expectations) to 59.9 (Meets Few Expectations). According to the DPI, the reason for the drop in overall rating was due to low scores in the area of closing the gap for a single subset of students, i.e. economically disadvantaged.
“While we are in general agreement with the overall outcomes as defined by the State, it is perplexing to comprehend how the rating of an entire school of dedicated teachers and students could be affected so decidedly from one year to the next by a single indicator,” said Superintendent Damian LaCroix. “Despite the responsiveness of the DPI in explaining how the calculations are constructed, this fact exposes flaws in an imperfect formula used to apply a report card-style rating to schools. We assert that an accurate assessment of the quality of our schools is dependent on multiple and varied measures.”
Reports for the District and each school are available on the Wisconsin DPI website public portal dashboard.
(out of 100)
|Howard-Suamico School District||K-12||75.1||Exceeds Expectations|
|Bay Port High School||9-12||73.1||Exceeds Expectations|
|Bay View Middle||7-8||71.2||Meets Expectations|
|Lineville Intermediate||5-6||74.7||Exceeds Expectations|
|Bay Harbor Elementary||K-4||59.9||Meets Few Expectations|
|Forest Glen Elementary||K-4||79.2||Exceeds Expectations|
|Howard Elementary||K-4||80.2||Exceeds Expectations|
|Meadowbrook Elementary||K-4||78.3||Exceeds Expectations|
|Suamico Elementary||K-4||91.3||Significantly Exceeds Expectations|
A Community Task Force comprised of 20 Howard and Suamico resident volunteers presented its report to the Howard-Suamico School District Board of Education at the board’s regular meeting Monday, November 13, 2017. The board convened the Task Force, chaired by Greg Klimek and Tami Quiram, to study the district’s funding challenges and to inform the board’s referendum planning process.
A two-month course of study by the Task Force, which met four times since the start of the school year, culminated in the set of recommendations presented to the Board. A brief summary of Task Force dialogue, themes, and recommendations follows.
- The district should pursue an operational referendum, taking into consideration several important points.
1.) The referendum should not be recurring in nature, but should have a five- to seven-year time horizon;
2.) In keeping with survey responses, the board should determine if a referendum with an impact of no more than $31 per $100,000 of assessed property value would meet the needs of the district, and, if it does, to consider pursuing that option; and
3.) The district should provide a clear, concise, accurate, and easy-to-understand accounting of how referendum funds would be used.
- Ensure that funds are used to promote student education and services and maintenance of district assets.
This includes ensuring class sizes stay within established administrative guidelines, supporting the district’s ability to retain and recruit teachers and staff, and addressing deferred facility maintenance items.
- Transparency and addressing common questions and concerns.
This includes enhancing dialogue about school finance in the community and the impact of open enrollment.
- Foster trust with respect to finance by increasing transparency.
Examples: 1.) Share how the HSSD District Office and Training Center was funded and how it is serving as a community asset. 2.) Continue to make audited district financial statements available online and in paper form; and 3.) Illustrate how HSSD scheduled debt reductions will affect future property tax levies.
Click here for the full report, including a list of Task Force members.