Board Approves Budget Reduction Restoration Plan, Brings Back $7.35 Million in Programs and Services

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April 24, 2012 – The Westerville City School District Board of Education on Monday night unanimously approved a Budget Reduction Restoration Plan presented April 9, 2012, by members of the district’s administrative team. April

The Board reinstated approximately $7.35 million in personnel, programs and services previously included as part of $18.5 million in reductions necessary to address a deficit at the end of Fiscal Year 2013. Academic program, staffing and service level restorations have been made possible by the community's March 6, 2012, approval of Issue 10. Over the past several weeks, as retirements and resignations continued to arrive in the district’s Human Resources office, the final number of teachers losing employment decreased by more than half, from 71 teachers on March 28 to 32 teachers as approved last night by the Board.

The approved restoration plan brings back the following items either in their original format or as part of a re-imagined service delivery model:
  • Non-Title Reading Intervention Teachers
    All six FTE positions approved for reduction will be restored to support research that suggests children who cannot read well by third grade are four times as likely to drop out.
  • Gifted Intervention Services
    All five FTE positions approved for reduction will be restored and provide these services in a re-imagined program, including a virtual model for elementary students identified in a specific content area.
  • Related Arts
    Of the 55.85 FTE approved for reduction, 24.7 FTE will be restored or re-imagined. This includes 8.5 FTE in art, 9.4 FTE in music and 6.8 FTE in physical education (P.E.). Specialists in art, music, physical education, and technology will serve all elementary schools using an infused model of delivery based on research that shows students need integrated learning environments to help develop skills and knowledge. These specialists will partner with classroom teachers to develop and deliver instruction through integrated lesson plans that cover all content standards. At the middle school level, students in sixth grade will be able to take P.E., orchestra, and band. Students in seventh grade will be able to take art, orchestra, band and choir. Students in eighth grade will have access to P.E., Spanish 1, orchestra, band, and choir classes. At the high school level, students will have access to several art courses, including Art Foundations, Digital Arts, 2-D Visual Art, and 3-D Visual Art. Music courses will include concert band, symphonic band, marching band, orchestra, and concert and symphonic vocal ensembles. Students also will be able to take to P.E. 1 and P.E. 2 courses.
  • Non-Title Instructional Coaches
    Of the 4.2 FTE approved for reduction, 3.2 FTE will be restored and continue to serve in five major capacities of curriculum specialists, instructional specialists, data coaches, co-teachers, and professional development providers. The remaining one FTE would be repurposed into an elementary technology specialist position to help teachers successfully integrate the use of multiple technologies in their classrooms. This is critical as Ohio moves to on-line standardized assessments by 2014-15.
  • High School Electives
    Of the 13.8 FTE approved for reduction, seven FTE will be restored or re-imagined. This includes two FTE in health (blended courses including on-line and face-to-face), two FTE in science, one FTE in Social Studies, and two FTE in business. Additional non-traditional options for students include Credit Flex, Otterbein Offerings, and Post Secondary Education Options at public universities.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
    Alternative funding will be used to cover specific IB costs previously paid from the district’s general fund.
  • Athletic – Extra/Co-Curricular
    These programs will be re-imagined to reduce general fund costs by 50 percent.
  • Non-Athletic Extra/Co-Curricular
    These programs will be re-imagined to reduce general fund costs by 50 percent.
  • Middle School Guidance Services
    All three FTE positions approved for reduction will be restored to maintain current level of support services to middle school students and families.
  • World Languages
    Of the 2.2 FTE approved for reduction, .8 FTE will be restored or re-imagined. This includes .2 FTE in French due to course requests and .6 FTE to create a middle school exploratory course in Chinese as the district begins a transition to include languages of a global economy.
  • Media Specialists
    Of the six FTE approved for reduction, two FTE will be restored. As a result, all secondary schools will have a full time media specialist and the elementary schools will share four full-time media specialists. Additionally, two FTE would be repurposed as elementary technology specialists.
  • Magnet Program
    District officials in January shared a “bridge plan” for the 2012-13 school year that consolidates Central College and Longfellow elementary schools into Hanby Elementary. The magnet program lottery will be used to fill vacancies in grades two through five only. Emerson Elementary will continue to serve as the World Languages and Cultures program site for grades 2-5 during the bridge year. An Elementary Programming Administrative Committee will make recommendations regarding elementary programming for 2013-14 which will include increasing access to the magnet program, increasing choice for families and decreasing costs to general fund.
  • Transportation
    High school transportation will be restored to K-8 state minimum levels, which include a two mile non-transport boundary and bus stop walking distances of up to one-half mile. This is projected to allow the district to reduce 10 FTE transportation positions. District officials also will re-imagine current transportation guidelines using a safety matrix and feedback from constituents. District officials will sponsor meetings at each school building to gather this feedback and identify areas needing transportation above state minimum service levels.
  • Custodial/maintenance services
    Of 30 FTE approved for reduction, 14.25 will be restored. Custodial and maintenance services are necessary to ensure the quality of building infrastructures and maintain the health and safety of students, staff, and community members.
  • School day schedules
    Reduced and re-imagined programs will cause a slight reduction to the length of the school day at all levels. The elementary school day will be shortened by 10 minutes, the middle school day will be shortened by 23 minutes, and the high school day will be shortened by 16 minutes. The elementary day will consist of 315 instructional minutes. Related Arts will be infused into the general instruction and students will have 60 minutes total for lunch and recess. The middle school day will consist of six academic periods that are 55 minutes each and a 35 minute lunch period. The high school day will consist of seven periods, including lunch. Each period will be at least 50 minutes in length, with two periods 55 minutes in length. Slight variations will exist among the three high schools.
Restorations were prioritized based upon breadth of the impact that the restoration would provide, how its outcomes would positively affect performance on the local report card, and how it would contribute to students’ acquisition of 21st century skills. Officials were conservative in their estimates in order to provide the financial flexibility needed to address any future unfunded or underfunded state mandates.

The full presentation to the Board from April 9, 2012, is available in the “Budget Reductions & Restorations” section of the district website at