D303 Scorecard

Fiscal Responsibility

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D303 boasts a healthy budget and a high financial score of Recognition 4.0 rating but Administration continues to focus on Capital Projects and to grow administration. There should be more focus on the decline in teacher retention rates. 

D303 Accountability

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The Board does not hold the Superintendent accountable for academic improvement results.  The Superintendent contract (2016-2020) does not include academic goals and indicators of success for all students in all programs. The Board and Superintendent have not created a long range strategic plan, executing the academic goals through action items. 

Academic Data Assessment By School

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The Superintendent has not presented academic data results by school and grade to show improvement and/or success for all students in all programs.  Among Elementary and High schools, there is a significant difference in enrollment and academic performance. This imbalance must be addressed. 

Enrollment By School

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The Board needs to complete a Facility and Academic Usage Plan for all schools/buildings, according to all student needs and programs. D303 has an imbalance in enrollment and program offering. The Superintendent has not presented an enrollment analysis since he was hired in 2016. Some schools are underutilized/over utilized due to the lack of planning and making decisions in isolation building by building.

References

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All the information and objective data we collect is directly from D303 from meeting presentations (Boardbook), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), administrative staff, or Illinois State Board Of Education (ISBE).  The accuracy of this information is as good as its source: District 303. 

Fiscal Responsibility

Draft Budget Fund Balances FY20

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  • District’s ISBE Financial Profile Score is Recognition (4.0/4.0). (Fig. 1)
  • Total Budget Surplus = $105,917.
  • Total revenue for all funds is estimated to increase by 4.17%.
  • Total expenditures for all funds are estimated to decrease by 3.09%.


Revenue Projections 2019/2020

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  • Taxes (82%) are the largest source of revenue for the district. (Fig. 2)
  • Only 8% of revenue comes from the State. 

Teacher Retention Rate

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  • 5yr trend for teacher retention rate has declined by 10% from 89% in 2014 to 79% in 2018. (Fig. 3)
  • Annual contracts and "pink slipping" impact teacher retention.  
  • Hire mainly during summer months. 
  • Hard to fill positions include: automotive teachers, PLTW/technology education, school psychologist, specialized special education, speech-language pathologists, and bilingual teachers.

Administration Compensation by Department 18/19

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  • Total compensation of $7.32 million excludes TRS, annuities, retirement enhancements, and other benefits. (Fig. 4)
  • Administrative staff (including school principals) have 1 year contracts and no goals tied to superintendent contract.
  • Superintendent has a 3 year performance base contract with no academic goals attached to contract

Org Chart Top Leadership/Learning & Teaching Dept. 18/19

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  • 6  Top Leadership Staff and 34 Department of Instruction Staff plan to permanently occupy Haines Building in 20/21. (Fig. 5)
  • Superintendent has not presented academic performance for all students and improvement by school.  
  • Superintendent is not holding 36 employees (Assistant Supers K-12 and Dept. Of Instruction) accountable for academic performance and well-being for all students and improvement by school. 


Fox Ridge - Early Childhood Staff:Building Utilization 18/19

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  • Fox Ridge Elementary 4 section K-5 school & capacity is 504 students (21 classrooms). (Fig. 6)
  • Currently utilized at less than 46% (10 classrooms) while class sizes are larger at other schools. 
  • 19 Learning & Teaching Staff plan to move permanently to Haines Building in 2020/2021.

D303 Accountability

Dr. Pearson Contract (2016-2020)

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  • The Board signed a performance based, multi-year contract (3 years) with Dr. Pearson with no academic goals attached to the signed contract. (Fig. 7)
  • According to IL school code, in order for the board to extend or roll over a multi-year contract before it’s expiration, all performance and improvement goals must be met.

IL School Code - Superintendent Contract

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  • Illinois School Code says that a performance based multiyear contract must have goals attached as addendum.  (Fig. 8)
  • Presentation of the annual data report does not mean accomplishment of goals and indicators.

Dr. Pearson Operational Goals 18/19

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  • Operational goals are ways in which Dr. Pearson will direct administration to implement curriculum and programs. (Fig. 9)
  • These goals are not included as an addendum to the signed contract. 

Haines Middle School Repurpose

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  • Cost to repurpose Haines $4.2M plus Operating Expense $120K annually. (Fig. 10)

FULL time in building

  • 40 administrators Superintendent, Assistant Supers K-12, and Department of Instruction.

PART time in building

  • 6-10 Transitions Program students at one time. (Max total enrollment 40 students)
  • St. Charles Park District. 
  • St Charles Library until 2021.
  • Professional Learning, Parent & Community Education, Large Group Meeting Space

ATS&R Architect Contract 2009

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  • ATS&R Contract was signed in 2009 and is a contract in perpetuity. (Fig. 11)
  • Maintain the 5yr Capital Implementation Plan (CIP) and Construction Projects. ($3 million) 
  • No bid process for architect work. 

5 yr Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

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  • 5yr CIP is estimated at $3M this includes any maintenance or construction at all D303 buildings and grounds. (Fig.12)
  • 10 Year Safety Update will be completed by December 2019 for all D303 buildings including Norris Rec Center. 

Data Assessment By School

2018 Grade 5 Exit Year PARCC Performance & Growth by School

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  • Munhall, Richmond, & Anderson were more than 5 points below D303's  Grade 5 (% M/E) of 55.9% in Math or 61.5% in ELA. (Fig.13)   
  • D303's Elementary Schools differed in (% M/E) at Grade 5 Exit Year (2018) by as much as 27.0 points in Math and  40.4 points in ELA.
  • D303's Elementary Schools differed in (% M/E) at Grade 3 (2018) by as much as 26.4 points in Math and 27.7 points    in ELA.    
  • Only Wild Rose & Lincoln reached the 15% mark in (% Exceeded) at Grade 5 Exit Year in either Math or ELA. 

2018 Grade 5 Exit Year PARCC Performance by District

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  • D303's (11% Exceeded Expectations) in Math at Grade 5 (Exit Year) needs to increase. (Fig. 14)
  • D303's Grade 3 (2016) ranked 8 out of 8 districts at (55.3% M/E) in Math increasing 0.6% by Grade 5 (2018) to   (55.9% M/E) in  Math, ranking 3 out of 8 districts.   
  • D303's Grade 3 (2018) ranked 3 out of 8 districts at (60.2% M/E) in Math.
  • D303's (8.1% Exceeded Expectations) in ELA at Grade 5 (Exit Year) is low and needs to increase.  
  • D303's Grade 3 (2016) ranked 6 out of 8 districts at (48.8% M/E) in ELA increasing 12.7% by Grade 5 (2018) or (61.5% M/E) in  ELA, ranking 4 out of 8 districts.
  • D303's Grade 3 (2018) ranked 5 out of 8 districts (tied with Elmhurst) at (48.1% M/E) in ELA.     

2018 Grade 8 Exit Year By District

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  • At Grade 8 (2018), Thompson & Wredling performed similarly to each other and to Naperville's Grade 8 students in (% M/E) in Math & ELA.  (Fig.15)
  •  Thompson's (12.5% Exceeded) in Math at Grade 8 (2018) needs to increase. 
  • D303's Grade 6 (2016) ranked 5 out of 8 districts at (50.9% M/E) in Math increasing 8.1% by Grade 8 (2018) to (59.0% M/E) in Math, ranking 2.   
  • D303's (15.8% Exceeded) in ELA at Grade 8 (2018) is low and should increase at both Thompson (17.6%) and Wredling (13.5%).    
  • D303's Grade 6 (2016) ranked  6 out of 8 districts at (50.0% M/E) in ELA increasing 20.8% by Grade 8 (2018) to (70.8% M/E) in ELA, ranking 2  out of 8 districts.    

Grade 11 SAT Performance by District (2018)

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  • North and East High Schools differed in (% M/E) at Grade 11 (2018) by 10 points in Math and 6.7 points in ELA. (Fig. 16)
  • % Exceeded data is below 25.0% and in many cases out of sequence relative to the high schools with similar low income.


2018 SAT ELA Data for 17 High Schools

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  • Unlike D303, Naperville 203  and Wheaton 200 both have two high schools that are more similar to each other.  (Fig. 17)
  • When comparing two high schools, there are  significant differences in low income, enrollment , SAT (ELA) performance, and State Rating. 
  • These disparities between North & East should be addressed by Board/Administration. 
  • % Exceeded data is below 25.0% and in many cases out of sequence relative to the high schools with similar low income.      



2018 SAT Math Data for 17 High Schools

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  • Unlike D303, Naperville 203 and Wheaton 200 both have two high schools that are more similar to each other. (Fig. 18)
  •   When comparing two high schools, there are significant differences in low income, enrollment, SAT Math performance, and State Rating. 
  • These disparities between North & East should be addressed by Board/Administration. 
  • % Exceeded data is below 25.0% and in many cases out of sequence relative to the high schools with similar low income.

Enrollment By Grade Level & School

18/19 Early Childhood

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  • No Academic/Growth Business Plan was presented to the Board prior to expanding this program to Fox Ridge. (Fig. 19)
  • All Early Childhood (EC) classes combine intervention/at risk and general education students. 
  • Ferson Creek utilization is 94% - 3 classrooms are available for West Side EC needs. 
  • Fox Ridge less than 46% (10 classrooms) are used as Early Childhood AM/PM classrooms for West and East side EC needs. 

18/19 Elementary School

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  • Lincoln has the lowest class sizes of all schools ranging from 13 students to 23 enrollment was 189. (Fig. 20)
  • Overcrowded classrooms for younger grades remain an issue not solved by closing Fox Ridge Elementary. 
  • K-3 grades at Bell-Graham, Corron, Ferson Creek, Munhall & Wild Rose were close to or at the cap of 27 students per class. 
  • Richmond continues to struggle with overcrowding because Davis has more academic classrooms. 

18/19 Class Size Analysis (Elementary School)

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  • Lincoln is an underutilized school with 72% utilization. (Fig. 21)
  • Fox Ridge is a K-5 elementary with school capacity of 504 students -  underutilized at less than 46% for Early Childhood alone.  
  • Richmond (3-5 grades) is over-utilized at 96%. 

18/19 Middle School

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  • Haines officially closed at the end of school year 18/19. (Fig. 22)
  • The schools are currently well balanced in terms of enrollment (66 student difference). 

18/19 High School

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  • There is a 431 student difference in enrollment at the High Schools in 18/19. (Fig. 23) 
  • This disparity needs to be addressed by realigning the boundaries to balance the schools out. 

References

 

Fig. 1&2. D303 Boardbook, Business Services Meeting, Item 3.E., Review of FY 2019-2020 CUSD 303 Budget Draft II., 7/29/19, https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicAgenda.aspx?ak=1000303&mk=50342082

Fig. 3. Illinois Report Card 2017/2018. https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/District.aspx?districtId=31045303026

Fig. 4 & 5. D303 FOIA Request on 6/25/19. 

Fig. 6. D303 FOIA Request on 6/21/19. 

Fig. 7. D303 FOIA Request on 10/26/18.

Fig. 8. Illinois General Assembly, School Code. (105 ILCS 5/10-23.8a) (from Ch. 122, par. 10-23.8a) http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=010500050K10-23.8a

Fig. 9. D303 FOIA Request 2/13/19. 

Fig. 10. D303 Boardbook, Business Services Meeting, Item 3. I., Haines Repurpose Discussion, 7/29/19, https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=44878924

Fig. 11. D303 Boardbook, Regular Meeting, Item 6.D., ATS&R Contract, 1/11/2010.  https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=21460645

Fig. 12. D303 Boardbook, Business Services Meeting, Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Capital Improvement Plan, Item 3.N., 10/25/18,  https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=43363925

Fig. 13-18. St. Charles D303, Academic Performance Data: PARCC and SAT 2018/2019, http://webprod.isbe.net/ereportcard/publicsite/getSearchCriteria.aspx

Fig. 19 & 20. D303 FOIA Request 3/8/19. 

Fig. 21. D303 Boardbook, Business Services Meeting, District 303 Building Utilization, Item 3.I., 2/21/19,  https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=43988163

Fig. 22. D303, Mr. Mark Moore, Middle and High school Enrollment 17/18 & 18/19, 9/13/18.