2013 Hermiston School District Annual Report

Hermiston School District 502 W Standard Ave
Hermiston, OR 97838-1259   (541)667-6000
www.hermiston.k12.or.us
SUPERINTENDENT – Dr. Fred Maiocco For more district achievement data
including detailed demographic
information, please visit the
Oregon Department of Education Web site.

FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Dear Parents and Community Members,
Dr. Fred MaioccoThis newly designed report card offers a comprehensive picture of what Hermiston Schools have to offer. Our schools showed above average academic growth in reading and mathematics for students across our system.

Especially noteworthy are the achievements at Rocky Heights (9.4% growth), Sunset (14.3% growth) and West Park elementary schools (21.3% growth), and Sandstone Middle School (3.1% growth). Even with these significant achievements, we recognize specific gaps in service to students who are receiving services in our special programs department and English language development programs.

We continue to focus our efforts on increasing the achievement for ALL students by implementing best teaching practices. Each school is focused on implementing the new Common Core State Standards(CCSS), which reinforce literacy across the content areas and demonstration of higher level thinking skills in mathematics. Significant investments to Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics also drive our efforts.
Thank you,
Superintendent   |   Dr. Fred Maiocco

District Goals Summary


Goal #1

Met: All schools met “on track” targets

Goal #2

Met: Maintained Ending Fund Balance (EFB) greater than 8.0%

Goal #3

Data not finalized until Feb/March 2014

District Goal #1

Annually, all schools will meet “on track” academic growth targets, as measured by the Oregon Department of Education (grades 3-11) and easyCBM assessment system (grades K-2).

Growth Model Details

  • Growth of low performing students is compared to that of other low performing students in the state.
  • Growth of high performing students is compared to that of other high performing students in the state.
  • Growth model applies to students in grades 4 to 8, and 11.
  • A growth percentile of 60 would mean the student’s growth was as high or higher than 60 percent of students with the same prior scores.

School Data

Challenges

The Hermiston School District realized challenges in the following areas regarding Goal #1:

  • Special Programs
  • English Language Learners
  • Subgroup Graduation Rates

District Goal #2

Maintain sound fiscal stewardship of community resources consistent with board policies.

Background

Per Hermiston School District Board of Education Policy DA, the district is to “Maintain a minimum balance of eight percent of general fund actual ordinary revenues in fund balance, to include both reserved and unreserved fund balance amounts on a Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis.”

Data

A 2012-13 Financial Review revealed the following data:

  • Total General Fund Revenue: $41,667,417
  • 8% EFB Minimum Threshold: $3.33M
  • Actual EFB (non-audited figure): $3.37M (8.09%)

View General Fund
Allocation Here!

Accomplishments & Challenges

Hermiston School District realized the following accomplishments, relating to Goal #2:

  • Creation of a $2.0M Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Reserve account to help offset staggering PERS increases (estimated $1.0M remaining at the end of this fiscal year)
  • Ability to work with employee groups in negotiations to minimize current and future cost controls (employees agreeing to no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and mid-year step, sunset of the early retirement incentive)
  • Updated campuses with improved energy and cleaning efficiencies leading to decreased utility and maintenance costs

The following challenges were faced, regarding Goal #2:

  • Deficit spending (Beginning Fund Balance (BFB) = $4.13M | EFB = $3.37M) $760,000
  • Younger-than-average work force (<12 year average)
  • Population growth? Enrollment growth?

Action Plan

Going forward, Hermiston School District will take the following measures to address Goal #2:

  • Allow the Board to annually review and confirm and/or modify the financial parameters for the District
  • Continue to carefully monitor expense and revenue trends on a monthly basis
  • Continue to meet monthly with the Board Finance Committee
  • Continue to foster collaborative relationships with our employee groups
  • Continue to operate in a transparent and open fashion
  • Seek input and dialogue with our stakeholders and Budget Committee regarding proper stewardship of District resources
  • Analyze investment opportunities when appropriate
  • Continue to analyze every expenditure and employee hire


District Goal #3

Annually increase postsecondary accessions by 3 percent, as measured by the number of students choosing collegiate (two year or four year programs), vocational, apprenticeship or military training immediately following high school.

Background

  • Old Measurement Tool
    Deputy Superintendent, High School Principal, and Project College Bound Coordinator developed an exit survey that was administered annually. Problem was that it was anecdotal and did not accurately reflect actual accession data.
  • New Measurement Tool
    Contracted with BERC Group to perform a statistically reliable study. Data for the 2012-13 school year will be available around February or March, 2014

Data

BERC Statistics – Baseline Data
Baseline Data Accomplishments
Baseline Data Challenges

Action Plan

Going forward, Hermiston School District will take the following measures to address Goal #3:

  • Continue contracting with the BERC Group to analyze longitudinal data
  • Continue supporting high school counselors, Project College Bound, Pathways to Scholarships, and Generation College.
  • Continue utilizing the ASPIRE program (Access to Student assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone)
  • Support to Eastern Promise, College Pathways, Success 101