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Service Level Process

During the 2012-13 school year, district administration developed a Service Level Process that better aligns our financial resources to the services that we provide to our students and community. Based on state-required financial reporting, our services (through the district’s general fund) are defined in six main areas: PreK-12 Instruction, School Support Services, Operations and Maintenance, Transportation, Capital and Technology and District Support Services. A final category funded outside of the general fund is Sites and Buildings.

Within the seven areas, administration determined the current status of our services on a scale of 1-5, with one being minimum acceptable and five being our 2016 vision. The Service Level Process will serve as a guide for major financial decisions through the budgeting process in the coming years. The final outcome includes a matrix and clarifying background documentation.

The goal is to provide all services at a level 5, which would align well with what is called for in our district’s strategic plan, Pathway to Excellence.

At their March 20, 2014 meeting, the School Board approved the final Service Level Matrix for the 2014-15 school year. The Service Level changes for 2014-15 are:

  • Increase in revenue due to operating referendum passage in November 2103
  • PreK-12 Instruction moving from 2.25 to 3 by adding $1.4 million in staffing
  • Capital Budget moving from 3.0 to 3.5 by adding $1.5 million in technology spending
  • Sites and Buildings moving from 3.0 to 3.5 by adding $1.5 million in safety and security spending
  • Transportation moving from 2.5 to 3.0

Departments left unchanged for 2014-15 are:

  •  School Support Services remaining at 3.0
  • Operations and Maintenance remaining at 2.0
  • District Support Services remaining at 1.25