The law changed on this requirement. We now must do a daily count.
- Would we save money on transportation costs by combining MS & HS (7 -12)
- Yes, this would eliminate approximately 1035 hours per year in transportation time. Combined with fuel savings from fewer miles driven we could save about $50,000/year.
- Can we buy smaller buses for less money and with better gas mileage?
- Yes, but it would not save the district any money. Bus purchases are from a separate fund. OSPI reimburses the district for the cost of buses. The problem with smaller buses is they will not meet our needs. We use buses for To/From routes and also activity (sports/field trips). These activities require the larger buses. There is not a substantial difference in gas mileage between the large and mid-size buses.
- Do we need to provide transportation?
- No, it is not mandated.
- Can transportation be outsourced? (Like food service)
- This is a labor contract issue and must be negotiated.
- Have utilities @ LMS been pared by insulating etc.? modernizing?
- Recent work at Langley Middle School related to utility costs and energy efficiency improvements have included the following:
- Installation of new controls on electric boilers (4) in the building resulting in greater efficiency and operation.
- Installation (as a pilot) of new controls and monitoring sensors in 4 classrooms to optimize outside air exchange by monitoring CO2 levels in classrooms.
- Upgraded lighting fixtures to more efficient units.
- Repairs to heat exchangers.
Other energy saving measures will be looked at in the coming school year. These include:
- Window replacement
- Door replacement
- More efficient boilers/heating systems
- HVAC upgrades and repairs
Utilities - Energy Audit
- Has a commercial energy audit been done on all of the facilities, and if so, what were the findings? (Can we view the report?)
- The South Whidbey School District applied for and received an “Energy Operational Cost Savings Grant” from Washington State/OSPI in 2012. The state funding portion totaled $685,738. The project total, including tax, was $1,815,494. Utility incentives/rebates totaled $146,084. The district funded the difference through a loan.
Part of this project included an energy audit. This audit was used to identify the most cost effective energy savings projects to fund under the grant. The audit results will be posted on the district web site.
One aspect of the project was a guaranteed minimum energy cost savings. This analysis was completed in spring of 2016 and demonstrated a net energy cost savings of $109,932 annually. The report will be posted on the district web site. The bulk of these savings are being used to pay off the loan. Once the loan is paid off, we will see the direct benefit of this cost reduction in our budget.
The district has approached PSE to do a follow-up energy audit to assist with prioritizing future projects targeting energy cost savings. This process will begin in the fall of 2016.
Utilities - Garbage
- Why is the trash bill the highest at the Primary School?
- Smaller containers are used at the Primary School campus due to the smaller amount of refuse created there. Smaller containers must be picked up on a regular (weekly or twice weekly) schedule as opposed to the large containers which are picked up on-demand. The higher cost at the Primary School was noticed last winter and the maintenance department checked into the actual volume of material generated versus the collection schedule and reduced the pickup schedule to weekly. This change occurred in March of 2016 and nearly cut the fee in half.
Utilities - Phone
- Why is the phone bill so much at the High School?
- This is a clerical error. The basic district charge for the phone system was being charged to the high school rather than the district. The $600/month fee made the HS costs appear higher.
- Can the district use volunteers for courses in the arts? Do they need certs?
- We must use certificated, employed teachers to teach students. Volunteers often help, but cannot replace teachers.
2. Questions to Ponder
- Can you market more of the outdoor space and community garden to the public? Capitalize more on the outdoors?
- Has the SWSD thought of a PR campaign? We need to highlight our achievements to draw people into the district - families moving to the island don't want to hear about declining enrollment - they want to hear about what colleges our kids are going to.
- How will we know what the majority of the community desires for any consolidation?
- How can we consolidate students?
- What is realistic amount of savings that can be obtained through consolidation?
- Why not move LMS to SWHS?
- Why not move SWA (K-12) to SWHS?
- How do you blend all the age groups together in buildings and buses?
- Can you present different "foot-print"/building configurations scenarios and cost savings information associated with each one? Is there room at the PS for SWA (K-5) and 6th grade (+Callahans)? Is there room @ HS (in 10 rooms) for 7th & 8th , plus office space)?
- Move LMS to Primary School Campus - add new portables for 6th grade.
- Combine middle and high school (7-12 grades)
- Look at program enhancements by consolidating facilities (Grades 7-8 or 6-8 at HS. Allowing 7th and 8th to take HS courses, 9th to redo 8th grade math, and MS students could take foreign language)
- What do students think about moving LMS to another location?
- What resources are saved by consolidating LMS and SWHS? (Personnel? Custodial? Secretarial?)
- What are the advantages of not consolidating?
- How can facility costs be cut to save or increase programs?
- How can we streamline - combine use of facilities?
- How can we streamline expenses for teachers? If we combine facilities, can we share teachers so we can keep art, music, languages, without cutting the program?
- Is SWA and ES eventually going to be combined?
- Have you talked to and gathered information from local health organizations and preschools about babies/toddlers on the island? (SW Children's Center has a wait list)
- How do you get smaller and better?
- How do the private schools and home schoolers fit in and is there any plan to promote public schooling?
- How important, or how many gyms and ball fields are needed for a K-8 program?
- What is the capacity of (community) of SW to sustain continued or expanded rental properties?
- Can you sell part of 47 acres for affordable housing?
- What are the identified liability risks of the LMS - seismic retrofitting? (as identified by district attorney and insurer)
- What are the liability risks for keeping the middle school building open with seismic?
- Can the school district possibly utilize empty buildings in the summer - rent as a dorm for summer help?
- What about selling/partnering/repurposing - 47 acres
- Can pods of SWPS become businesses? (mini open air "mall" or business rentals?
- Which buildings are most "SAFE" and cost effective for earthquake? (Specific middle school)
- Would a grants consultant help with funding programs - effectively?
- Is there a cost/benefit analysis for selling vs renting property?
- Grant for solar power in all the district owned acreage?
- How does the grant process work? Limits from state?
- How can we get more income? More from state for rural? More rent for facilities? Rent out commercial kitchen space to caterers etc.?
- How can we modify food service? (Cold Breakfast)
- Can we change to a different program?
- How is the district showing that food service is generating revenue when you said it costs $5.99 a meal and we charge $2.00 a meal?
- Have we thought of raising lunch fees?
- What alternative sources of funding are there?
- Has the school researched alternatives?
- What are the restrictions regarding alternative funding for operations?
- What are the challenges of a 7-12 program?
- Could we create a CTE campus (shop, culinary, graphic art, etc.)
- Why is art one period a day?
- Why is there no art at the Elementary School?
- Are you going to review curricular offerings and requirements? (So that they fit with college requirements without doing both basic courses and college prep on top of that)
- Shared creative arts teacher at SWA and LMS or even SWE?
- What is going to happen to robotics next year?
- 4-period day costs? (How to save money)
- Savings for a 7-12 program on 6 period day with shared education
- How will bell schedule management be structured for multiagers?
- What about a closer schedule with bus routes K-12 (Add a para for management)
- Are you considering single-start time?
- Have we thought of raising athletic fees?
- Can you use less paper and text books?
- Has the district looked into going paperless? (I worked at a school that saved $90,000 a year)
- Any cost savings to 2 bus locations (one at each school-picking up for their school only)
- How can bus runs be changed to save money?
- Can we get smaller buses or fewer stops?
- Can we reduce bus stops and pick up kids in more centralized locations?
- Info needed - enough buses and capacity on busses to go to one bell system for all schools? (2 trips a day instead of 4)
- What about 1 bus run? Busses would be fuller and routes shorter and ridership would go up.
Utilities - Water
- Will the City of Langley allow the school district to drill a well for water, rather than buy from them? Is there an existing well we can tap into?
Our HS is 9th in the state. We have a farm to table program. More PR about what makes us great!
If there is so much room at the High School, why not put all of SWA in the HS?
SWA (K-8) How can the programs fit in 4 rooms if you say you aren't cutting only facility is open space available? (They have arts, robotics, 1 hour a day art classes is current programming)
Ongoing savings of moving LMS?
Can 5th grade Elementary move back over to the Elementary to preserve SWA K-12?
What can we do about declining enrollment? (Zoning to encourage inner island building, EDC support of new business (More younger families)
The district responds to the enrollment. The community needs to address the bigger picture.
Where have all the children gone?
Is there a formal process to conduct exit interviews for families to better understand why families are leaving the district? What does the data (from those interviews) tell us?
Sell 47 acres for low cost/affordable housing
Why was the Primary building never really closed?
Can the middle school be made into condos? Affordable houses for families?
Why not sell the 47 acres?
Add health care services as rent providers
Use part of 47 acres to build affordable housing-make a deal with a builder(Increase enrollment, housing is in short supply, commute is not so bad)
P1 P2 - Move LMS (7th 8th) to Primary School - New portables at ES for 6th grades.
Close LMS and make it a dorm to rent - ISF, McMenamins ?
What are all of the income possibilities for the district? (Think outside the box)
Museum - grant - available
Boutique Schools - STEAM Programming
Why is SWA treated like the "step child" and not considered in decisions or at least listened to the concerns of the parents?
Seems like SWA is being dissolved.
Has every school board member seen Michael Moore's "Where to Invade Next"?
Can we outlaw or just tax private schools like Finland did?
There should be more - SWA 4 Life
SWA kids are the only ones that wanted to be here. We showed up because we care about our school!
Why is MS Jazz band and choir not considered a period?
Art at SWA? (Sustain current program)
Are any programs being cut?
Is the music program safe in the 5th grade, middle school, high school?
What programs are going to be cut? - specifically: music? Art?
Where's ART? Art proceeds?
One start time 6.5 day (k-12) (8-2:30) - little kids would love to start early - older kids would be better suited - model after Methow Valley
One less admin at HS
Move tech to T & M
2 runs/stop pick up points
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