Oswego

Oswego City School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 48.1%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Oswego City School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Oswego City School District
  • County: Oswego
  • Spending: $74,744,748.00
  • Spending per student: $18,875
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $34,699,450.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 46.42%
  • Local tax applied per student: $8,762.49
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Oswego City School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Oswego City School District results are abnormal.

Item Oswego City SD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 318 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 14:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $59,248.29 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $329.16 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 153 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 48.1% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $812,012 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.1% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 7,650 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

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Sandy Creek Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 36.0%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Sandy Creek Central School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Sandy Creek Central School District
  • County: Oswego
  • Spending: $21,421,980.00
  • Spending per student: $23,184
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $6,109,519.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 28.52%
  • Local tax applied per student: $6,612.03
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Sandy Creek Central School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Sandy Creek Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Sandy Creek CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 75 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $79,619.93 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $442.33 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 27 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 36.0% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $177,249 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.8% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 1,350 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

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Phoenix Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 32.2%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Phoenix Central School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Phoenix Central School District
  • County: Oswego
  • Spending: $41,103,453.00
  • Spending per student: $19,847
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $15,827,160.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 38.51%
  • Local tax applied per student: $7,642.28
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Phoenix Central School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Phoenix Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Phoenix CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 186 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $65,196.59 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $362.20 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 60 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 32.2% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $340,466 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.8% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 3,000 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

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Hannibal Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 27.1%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Hannibal Central School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Hannibal Central School District
  • County: Oswego
  • Spending: $26,170,128.00
  • Spending per student: $17,671
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $6,182,891.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 23.63%
  • Local tax applied per student: $4,174.81
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Hannibal Central School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Hannibal Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Hannibal CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 118 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $56,470.05 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $313.72 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 32 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 27.1% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $164,345 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.6% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 1,600 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

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Central Square Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 17.4%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Central Square Central School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Central Square Central School District
  • County: Oswego
  • Spending: $65,055,972.00
  • Spending per student: $15,024
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $24,395,700.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 37.50%
  • Local tax applied per student: $5,634.11
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Central Square Central School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Central Square Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Central Square CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 299 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 14:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $53,370.35 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $296.50 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 52 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 17.4% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $257,111 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.4% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 2,600 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

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Mexico Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 50.1%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Mexico Central School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Mexico Central School District
  • County: Oswego
  • Spending: $43,500,000.00
  • Spending per student: $18,662
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $21,454,717.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 49.32%
  • Local tax applied per student: $9,204.08
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Mexico Central School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Mexico Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Mexico CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 176 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $53,000.83 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $294.45 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 88 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 50.1% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $433,103 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 1.0% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 4,400 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

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Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 5.8%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District
  • County: Oswego
  • Spending: $30,748,040.00
  • Spending per student: $23,707
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $7,685,977.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 25.00%
  • Local tax applied per student: $5,925.97
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District results are abnormal.

Item Altmar-Parish-Williamstown CSD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 115 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $50,210.47 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $278.95 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 7 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 5.8% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $31,298 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.1% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 330 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

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Fulton City School District Teacher Absenteeism Report. – 32.5%

moneycapBelow is a breakdown of teacher absence costs for the Fulton City School District. These numbers were reported to various Federal and State agencies in 2011-2012. To our knowledge, they have never been compiled in this manner. The individual district results can vary widely with some being very normal and others seeming to be completely out of normal. In some cases, public school teachers may be very sick. In other cases where up to 100% of the teachers are taking 10+ days off, there may be a serious systemic problem. Statewide concerns should be addressed directly to NY education officials and legislators. Those results are far beyond what normal should be as the Charter school totals suggest.  As always we encourage parents and taxpayers to share this information.

 

District 2011-2012 details:

  • Name: Fulton City School District
  • County: Oswego
  • Spending: $60,240,095.00
  • Spending per student: $16,459
  • Tax Levy (Local tax): $19,378,402.00
  • % of local tax that covers overall spending: 32.17%
  • Local tax applied per student: $5,294.65
  • Mandatory school year: 180 days

 

Thoughts to consider.

The results below should be higher as they only include information on fulltime Fulton City School District teacher absences. A more accurate and much larger number would also include absences of the administration and other employees plus other costs such as health/welfare insurance. Additionally, our breakdown is based on the reported number of “10 or more days” and does not include exact absences beyond 10 days or amounts for teachers taking less than 10 days.  We ask that you treat these numbers as a starting point for a discussion with local district officials if you feel the Fulton City School District results are abnormal.

Item Fulton City SD Statewide Charter Schools
Total Teachers 277 205,497 5,019
Student : Teacher Ratio 17:1 13:1 13:1
Avg. salary $63,596.13 $69,341 $57,570
Avg. pay per day $353.31 $385 $319
Teachers Absent 10+ days 90 68,387 462.42
% of teachers absent 10+ days 32.5% 33% 9.2%
*Cost of absences $501,808 $421,739,779 **$2,156,981
*Absence costs as a percent of spending 0.8% .08% N/A
*** Classes contracted for but substituted 4,500 3,419,331 23,121

Average private sector sick days taken: 4 days or less per year. USDOL 2013

* Includes costs for 10 days of salary, substitutes (NYC rate of $165 per day) + 2011 pension rate of 11.11% .
** Excludes pensions as most charter schools use 401k’s or do not report.
*** Based on 5 classes per day

Data Sources: US Dept Of Labor, NY State Education Department. All data compiled and totaled in MS Excel using simple math commands. If the numbers above contain significant “No Data” results, that is because the district or NYS did not report the information at the time the datasets were compiled.

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Smart Schools Bond Act – What it means for Mexico Central School District

 

moneycapNY’s 2014-2015 budget includes the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act to be put before voters in the November 2014 election. Should it pass, Mexico Central School District will receive a proportional share of the $2 billion based on the proportion of total formula school aid the district receives.

To receive the funds, Mexico Central School District in the county of Oswego is required to submit a detailed plan to a state review board. In developing plans, the school district is required to consult with appropriate stakeholders, including Mexico parents, teachers, students and Mexico community members.

 

 

Mexico Central School District Smart Schools Capital Projects can include:

  • Acquiring learning technology equipment or facilities including interactive whiteboards; computer servers, desktop, laptop and tablet computers;
  • Installing high-speed broadband or wireless Internet connectivity for schools and communities
  • Constructing, enhancing and modernizing educational facilities to accommodate prekindergarten programs
  • Providing instructional space to replace transportable classroom units
  • Installing high-tech security features in school buildings and on school campuses, including installation of high-tech security features such as video surveillance, emergency notification systems and physical access controls

 

 

Mexico District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Mexico 2014 enrollment:  2130 students

Funding type Formula Aid Hardware/Software Pre-k Bond Allocation
State Total $21,280,313,886 $85,204,216 $385,034,734 $2 Billion
District Share $25,106,504 $61,328 $338,395 $2,600,632
Per Student $11,787.09 $28.79 $158.87 $1,220.95
Percentage 0.127% 0.072% 0.088% 0.130%

 

Not enough money.

A significant problem with this bond is that a district might spend on getting broadband access and a few computers while another district may spend the money on building pre-k classroooms. There just isn’t enough money unless Mexico Central School District already has high speed access, pre-k and a somewhat robust technology department. Even then, the legacy costs of maintaining additional salaries, pensions, benefits and technology will belong to Mexico  taxpayers. Similarly, Obama’s Race to the top program required all sorts of added services while providing pennies per student. As with this bond,  it was big on “progressive” ideas and short on methods to pay for and maintain it. In the end it will likely result in higher local property taxes and state taxes (AKA- state aid).

 

3 technology spending examples:

Every district is required to have a technology plan. Most districts put these documents online for public review. Within this document you can get a general idea of the district equipment, class types, personnel and costs. Once you know what your local district has and roughly how much it costs, the proposed bond allocation may seem pointless or a jackpot. Keep in mind,  mandatory pre-k costs for some districts will absorb a significant portion of the allocation.

 

District  Oceanside  Scarsdale  Fredonia
Enrollment 5,732 4,739 1,502
2013 spending* $1.5 million/yr $920,000 $550,000
Bond allocation $1.9 million $444,0000 $1.1 million

*Spending numbers taken from the district’s technology plan, which may or may not reflect actual dollar amounts spent. Dollar amounts have been rounded.

As you can tell, some districts will be shorted while others will see a onetime increase depending on their current formula aid from the state. In the end, everyone will pay for the borrowed money.

Find the Mexico Central School District technology plan with a pre-linked search at  Bing.

 

Don’t vote without knowing your local plan.

 
25 ton door at Cheyenne Mountain.
25 ton door at Cheyenne Mountain.

The $2 billion Smart Schools Bond is set to be voted on in November 2014.  That being said, Mexico Central School District parents, taxpayers and community members should pay close attention to what the  district is planning to do with this money.  You may find the media pushing the idea that everyone is getting a laptop while your district has to buy a building for mandatory preschool services and decides it needs to install video surveillance.  Then again, you may wind up with a front door that will stop a tank. Every district has different needs.

Click here to see how little Mexico received in Race To The Top funds.

 

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Smart Schools Bond Act – What it means for Oswego City School District

 

moneycapNY’s 2014-2015 budget includes the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act to be put before voters in the November 2014 election. Should it pass, Oswego City School District will receive a proportional share of the $2 billion based on the proportion of total formula school aid the district receives.

To receive the funds, Oswego City School District in the county of Oswego is required to submit a detailed plan to a state review board. In developing plans, the school district is required to consult with appropriate stakeholders, including Oswego parents, teachers, students and Oswego community members.

 

 

Oswego City School District Smart Schools Capital Projects can include:

  • Acquiring learning technology equipment or facilities including interactive whiteboards; computer servers, desktop, laptop and tablet computers;
  • Installing high-speed broadband or wireless Internet connectivity for schools and communities
  • Constructing, enhancing and modernizing educational facilities to accommodate prekindergarten programs
  • Providing instructional space to replace transportable classroom units
  • Installing high-tech security features in school buildings and on school campuses, including installation of high-tech security features such as video surveillance, emergency notification systems and physical access controls

 

 

Oswego District numbers for parents and taxpayers to consider:

 

Oswego 2014 enrollment:  3840 students

Funding type Formula Aid Hardware/Software Pre-k Bond Allocation
State Total $21,280,313,886 $85,204,216 $385,034,734 $2 Billion
District Share $19,553,215 $112,721 $392,181 $1,789,840
Per Student $5,091.98 $29.35 $102.13 $466.10
Percentage 0.080% 0.132% 0.102% 0.089%

 

Not enough money.

A significant problem with this bond is that a district might spend on getting broadband access and a few computers while another district may spend the money on building pre-k classroooms. There just isn’t enough money unless Oswego City School District already has high speed access, pre-k and a somewhat robust technology department. Even then, the legacy costs of maintaining additional salaries, pensions, benefits and technology will belong to Oswego  taxpayers. Similarly, Obama’s Race to the top program required all sorts of added services while providing pennies per student. As with this bond,  it was big on “progressive” ideas and short on methods to pay for and maintain it. In the end it will likely result in higher local property taxes and state taxes (AKA- state aid).

 

3 technology spending examples:

Every district is required to have a technology plan. Most districts put these documents online for public review. Within this document you can get a general idea of the district equipment, class types, personnel and costs. Once you know what your local district has and roughly how much it costs, the proposed bond allocation may seem pointless or a jackpot. Keep in mind,  mandatory pre-k costs for some districts will absorb a significant portion of the allocation.

 

District  Oceanside  Scarsdale  Fredonia
Enrollment 5,732 4,739 1,502
2013 spending* $1.5 million/yr $920,000 $550,000
Bond allocation $1.9 million $444,0000 $1.1 million

*Spending numbers taken from the district’s technology plan, which may or may not reflect actual dollar amounts spent. Dollar amounts have been rounded.

As you can tell, some districts will be shorted while others will see a onetime increase depending on their current formula aid from the state. In the end, everyone will pay for the borrowed money.

Find the Oswego City School District technology plan with a pre-linked search at  Bing.

 

Don’t vote without knowing your local plan.

 
25 ton door at Cheyenne Mountain.
25 ton door at Cheyenne Mountain.

The $2 billion Smart Schools Bond is set to be voted on in November 2014.  That being said, Oswego City School District parents, taxpayers and community members should pay close attention to what the  district is planning to do with this money.  You may find the media pushing the idea that everyone is getting a laptop while your district has to buy a building for mandatory preschool services and decides it needs to install video surveillance.  Then again, you may wind up with a front door that will stop a tank. Every district has different needs.

Click here to see how little Oswego received in Race To The Top funds.

 

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