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Title: Good Morning


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Good Morning!
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Tennessee School Boards Association
Fill Your Stands with Cheering Fans Tools and
Tips to Build Widespread Public Support for Your
District
Presented at the 2008 TSBA Ambassador Training
Workshop November 15, 2008
3
Why are we here?
  • Human history becomes more and more a race
    between education and catastrophe.
  • - H.G. Wells

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Todays Session
  • What is our current environment?
  • What are our goals?
  • Who is involved?
  • What is our strategy?
  • What tactics do we use?
  • Tools you can use
  • The next step

5
The Environment
  • Media stories will continue to focus on
    headline-making events from public schools
  • Economic pressures will create budget problems at
    both the state and local levels
  • The General Assembly and Congress may consider
    major changes in public education
  • The public will demand more for less
  • Great things will happen in our schools

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Goals
  • Increase confidence in and support of
  • public education

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Who is involved?
  • The board
  • The administration and school district staff
  • Students and their families
  • The funding agent
  • Any community group where two or more gather
  • The media
  • The general public

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Key Strategic Concept
  • Public Education sells itself when the public
    knows our story

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Strategies
  • Introduce the school district to all stakeholders
  • Develop meaningful two-way dialogue
  • Make as many people as possible a part of the
    school district team
  • Constantly reinforce the notion that the school
    district does not exist to serve itself
  • Establish relationships

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Tactics
  • Build your team from the inside out
  • Tell your story early, often, and consistently
  • Provide context for your story
  • Start with the big picture
  • End by making the story personal
  • Always evaluate your effectiveness
  • Adapt to environmental changes

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PowerPoint Tips
  • Simple, dark background
  • 60 point headlines
  • 30 point body copy white, no paragraphs
  • Be consistent
  • Be professional, keep it simple
  • No dancing bears or sounds
  • Branding

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Lining up the ducks
  • Anticipate as many questions as you can when
    planning the session, with input from your fellow
    board members and from administrators

13
Getting started
  • Identify and recruit a support team
  • Gather the information you need
  • Build your master presentation
  • Conduct an internal review for accuracy and to
    hear constructive criticism
  • Roll out your presentation to the board
  • Hit the road!

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The Presentation
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Passenger Information for Sumner County Schools
Success Express Presented at New Teacher
Inservice on Aug. 2, 2007
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Create Context
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Sumner County
  • Covers 530 sq. miles
  • Includes 8 cities
  • Population of 153,000 based
    on the latest
    Census estimate
  • Since 2000, our population has grown more than
    twice as fast (14.5) as the rate seen across the
    state (6.1)

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What We Do
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Our Mission
  • We will prepare our students for life beyond the
    classroom by helping them become responsible,
    productive, and respectful citizens.

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Our Shared Vision
  • The Prepared Graduate Engaging Minds,
    Developing Character.

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We Believe ...
  • in a safe and supportive environment that holds
    high expectations for students and staff
  • in students, parents, educators, school
    employees, and community members working
    collaboratively and respectfully as partners in
    the education of all learners to develop prepared
    graduates
  • in an inclusive culture that embraces
    diversity, gives equal access to each child,
    promotes responsibility, and supports positive
    self esteem

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We Believe ...
  • that by engaging minds and developing character
    we will prepare students to become competent,
    employable citizens
  • in the use of data to continually assess our
    decision making to ensure each student has the
    opportunity to achieve at proficient and advanced
    levels and
  • in implementing policies and procedures that
    focus on achieving the educational goals of our
    district.

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Why We Do It
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Why is it important?
  • 18.1 of Sumner Countys population sits in our
    classrooms every day
  • We employ nearly 4,000 people, or almost three
    percent of our countys population
  • Students count on us to prepare them for higher
    education and the workplace
  • Local business leaders depend on our product to
    be their skilled workforce
  • We all depend on our students to be the next
    generation of leaders in our community

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Who We Are
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Sumner County Schools
  • 2,040 Teacher-licensed (certified)
    employees
  • 1,441 non-licensed
    (classified) employees
  • Approx. 400 part-time employees
  • Enrollment was 26,528 on opening day of the
    2007-08 School Year

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Continuous Growth
  • Sumner County Schools have added an average of
    585 new students each year since 2001, which is
    more than enough to fill a new school every 12
    months

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Student Enrollment
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A Large Operation
  • 180 buses travel
    6,000 miles/day,
    1 million miles/year
  • 100 acres of floor
    space to maintain
  • Buildings from 2 to 50 years old
  • 90 portables classrooms in use

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43 Schools
  • 7 Regular High Schools
  • 1 Night High School
  • 9 Middle Schools
  • 23 Elementary Schools
  • 1 Year-round Elementary (K-5)
  • One Magnet School (K-12)
  • One Alternative/Zero-Tolerance School

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More to Come
  • Six-year, 175 million building program
  • 3 middle schools
  • 6 elementary schools
  • 9 school additions
  • First opening Aug. 08

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Dollars and Cents
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Operating Budget
  • 166.7 million
  • Up from 153.5 million
  • 10.9 million from state
  • 2.5 million from county
  • Personnel costs make up 86.3 of the budget
  • 23.0 million for all other expenditures

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Funding Sources
  • 100.8 million in state funds
  • 60.8 million in county funds
  • 432,000 in federal funds
  • 4.7 million from other sources

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County Funding
  • Property Tax 42.98 million
  • Sales Tax 11.2 million
  • Wheel Tax 3.95 million
  • Other Sources 2.67 million

36
Property Tax
  • Current rate is 2.28 per 100 of assessed value
    (1/4 of appraised value)
  • The school system receives 1.40 of the tax rate,
    or 61.4, for its operational budget
  • Median home valued at 130,000 - property tax
    bill is 741, of which 455 goes to school
    operations
  • For a 200,000 home, tax bill is 1,140/year, of
    which 700 is for school operations

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Cost Per Student
  • In its current budget, Sumner County spends about
    2,300 in local funds for each student per year
  • About 1,650 of that amount (72) is attributed
    to property tax revenues (vs. 700/year paid on a
    200,000 home)
  • Our per-pupil expenditure is 753 below the state
    average

38
Working Smarter
  • Since 1991, we have built 16 new schools, added
    numerous new classrooms, and gained 6,000 new
    students, yet we have received only four
    increases to the property tax allocation for our
    operating budget 5 in 1995, 2 in 1999, 26 in
    2003, and 4 in 2006

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Property Tax Rates
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How We Operate
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How Things Work
  • Funding Agent
  • Board of Directors
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Employees

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County Commission
  • Appropriates money for school district needs
  • 24 members
  • Committees
  • Meets the third Monday of each month


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Board of Education
  • 11 members, elected by district
  • Four-year terms
  • Meets on the third Tuesday of each month
  • Work session on the fourth Tues.

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Board of Education
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Board Duties
  • Lead the school district by
  • Creating a strategic plan
  • Adopting goals policies to govern district
    operations
  • Adopting and submitting a budget to the County
    Commission
  • Employing a qualified Director of Schools

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Director of Schools
  • Chief Executive of the school district
  • Responsible for compliance with laws, policies
  • Conducts day-to-day operations of the district

47
Directors Duties
  • Interact with the Board, employees, government
    agencies, civic groups, families, and the general
    public
  • Approve all personnel decisions
  • Recommend budgets to the Board
  • Oversee the expenditure of funds
  • Manage all district schools, personnel, and
    activities

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Organization
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Our People
  • Safe and Drug Free Schools
  • Internal Audit
  • Facilities
  • Operations
  • Maintenance
  • Transportation

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Human Resources
  • Applications
  • Job Postings
  • Experience Verification
  • Fingerprinting
  • I.D. Badges
  • Licensure Issues

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Finance Department
  • School Nutrition
  • Print shop
  • Budgeting
  • Purchasing
  • Employee Payroll
  • Employee Benefits

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Pupil Services
  • Special Education
  • Attendance
  • Health Services
  • Wellness Program
  • Adult Education
  • Alternative School
  • Magnet School
  • Social Services

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Instruction
  • Regular Education
  • Career/Technical Ed.
  • Federal Programs
  • System Testing
  • Technology Services
  • Teacher Center
  • Material Center

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The Road Ahead
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A Challenging Task
  • Meet the needs of a diverse population
  • Keep pace overwhelming growth
  • Live within the funding provided to us
  • Meet the states BEP mandates
  • Achieve NCLB performance targets
  • Graduate well-educated students

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Pressing Needs
  • New classrooms and teachers to meet growth
  • Adequate funding to support new students
  • Competitive salaries for all employees to attract
    and keep the best and brightest our community has
    to offer
  • An increase in technology to allow all aspects of
    our operation to make better use of time and
    other resources
  • Public support

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What Weve Done So Far
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Our Results
  • For the past four years, our district has met the
    targets of No Child Left Behind
  • All of our schools and our district office are
    accredited by the Southern Association of
    Colleges and Schools
  • We meet the states BEP requirements for class
    sizes and staffing

59
Our Results
  • Student achievement exceeds state/national
    averages in core areas for grades K-8
  • Students in grades 9-12 meet or exceed state
    averages in math, language arts, and science

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Our Results
  • K-12 attendance labeled exemplary by the state
    Department of Education
  • Our graduates earned more than 5 million in
    scholarships last year

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Real Results
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Our Results
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Stay In Touch
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SumnerSchools.org
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Helpful hints
  • Allow plenty of time for questions
  • There is no way to anticipate every question
  • You may not want to provide this much data
  • Leave the door open for follow-up conversations
    on specific topics of interest
  • Dont be confrontational or defensive
  • There is a fine line between PR and BS

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Your Questions
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The Next Step
School Board Week in Tennessee January 25-31, 2009
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The Next Step
Empowering Excellence
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2009 Ambassador Goals
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Final Thoughts
Make a Difference "Few will have the greatness to
bend history itself but each of us can work to
change a small portion of events, and in the
total of all those acts will be written the
history of this generation. Sen. Robert F.
Kennedy
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Contact Information Steve Doremus Communications
Director Tennessee School Boards
Association SDoremus_at_tsba.net 615/815-3907 www.ts
ba.net
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Thank You!
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