2014 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 MaioccoOn October 9, The Oregon Department of Education released school and district report cards, summarizing educational performance of its pupils across 197 Oregon school districts. Hermiston School District is pleased to report, for the second year in a row, that its students outperformed comparison district data on every performance measure tracked and reported by the Oregon Department of Education. Comparison schools and districts are those with similar demographics, such as poverty levels, diversity of their student body, and pupil mobility.

The majority of schools within Hermiston School District yielded strong performance. The state’s school rating system rates schools from a 1 (lowest performance) to 5 (model school performance). Armand Larive Middle School, West Park Elementary, and Sunset Elementary all received strong level 4 (Above Average) ratings. Highland Hills, Rocky Heights, and

Hermiston High School netted level 3 (About Average) performance, while the district’s alternative school received a level 1 (Below Average) rating.

For the first time, Hermiston School District is proud to identify two Level 5 schools: Desert View Elementary and Sandstone Middle School. To achieve Level 5 status, a school must have a weighted percentage of academic achievement and academic growth percentage greater than 87%.

These highlights led to the attainment of board goal 1. Following is a summary of the district’s success for board goals one through three.

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

Not Met: Flat post-secondary accessions year to year

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

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 2013-14 Financial Review revealed the following data:

  • Total General Fund Revenue: $40,774,872
  • 8% EFB Minimum Threshold: $3.262M
  • Actual EFB (audited figure): $3.574M (8.10%)

View General Fund
Allocation Here!

Accomplishments

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

  • Received Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
  • Maintained accounting practices in accordance with the district’s AA- (“Double A Minus”) underlying bond credit rating
  • 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

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 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

  • Current Measurement Tool:
    Contract with BERC Group to perform a statistically reliable study. District now has two years of data.
  • 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.

Data

BERC Statistics – Baseline Data
Baseline Data Accomplishments
Baseline Data Challenges

Challenges

  • Always looking 1.5 years back to report fall and winter enrollments after students graduate (i.e. report provided in spring for previous year’s graduating class).

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