ISP – Condensed Version

This post will likely only make sense if you read the previous one (Instructional Support Program – scroll down and you’ll find it).  A very astute district patron suggested after reading the original post, while although complimentary on substance and information, suggested making it shorter with bullet points about what’s really important about the Instructional Support Program (ISP) … here is my attempt at doing so.

  • State has not set the amount of funding for the General Fund – also known as the Operating Fund and “Teaching and Learning Fund” … so we’re having to build a budget and have it certified by April 15, 2015 without facts on revenues
  • The state sets funding for the General Fund through a school finance formula – there is absolutely no local control in this
  • The only locally controlled option to supplement the General Fund is a program called the Instructional Support Program
  • On January 26, 2015, the I-35 Board approved a resolution to consider the ISP
  • I-35 is higher than the state average in total tax levy % going for non-instructional things
  • I-35 is lower than the state average in total tax levy % going for instructional things
  • The Instructional Support Program would help reverse these percentages and put more money toward teaching and learning … without increasing the overall tax rate for I-35 patrons
  • We will reduce levies in other funds (primarily Management Fund) and use those levies to support the Instructional Support Program
  • A simple analogy may help in understanding
    • Our total school tax levy constitutes a pie.
    • We are not going to increase the overall size of the pie, but rather just cut the pieces in different sizes.
  • Our intent with the ISP is to maintain programs and reasonable class sizes, increase technology, and update curricular materials
  • Next step in the process is a Public Hearing:
    • Monday, February 16, 2015
    • 6:30 pm
    • High school library
  • After the Public Hearing, the Board will decide to either move forward with the Instructional Support Program or not
  • This is critically important to our district as there isn’t the time to pursue the voter-approved ISP (due to legal timelines for special school elections) and have the funding available for the 2015-2016 school year

That’s about as condensed as I can make it … for more details read the longer version.  If you have any questions please contact me at kfiene@i-35.k12.ia.us … this is very important stuff for the future of the Interstate 35 Community School District.

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